Landowners group to urge Vancouver committee to join call for Site C moratorium, regulatory review

Critics of the Site C dam are in Vancouver this afternoon to convince local governments there to join their call in delaying the project.

Representatives of the Peace Valley Landowner Association (PVLA), along with Hudson’s Hope Mayor Gwen Johansson, are set to appear before the Metro Vancouver Intergovernment and Finance Committee at 1 p.m. to convince the committee to call on Premier Christy Clark to put a moratorium on the dam’s construction, and send it to a review by the British Columbia Utilities Commission.

The group has brought with them US energy economist Robert McCullough to present his findings on the $8.8-billion project.

The PVLA commissioned McCullough to review the project, with his findings reporting that the dam is three times as costly as alternative options for generating new power in the province.

According to McCullough’s report, the province would see $200 million in savings by deferring the construction by two years and referring the project to BCUC review.

Ken Boon, president of the landowner’s association, said the securing the support of Vancouver municipalities will be a boost to the group’s cause.

“It’d be great for the landowners to have that kind of support from down south, and it should be meaningful to the government,” he said.

“One group after another has come out asking the government to do the right thing here. So far they’ve been ignoring it. I don’t know how much more they can stand.”

Metro Vancouver is a political umbrella group representing 23 different local governments in the Lower Mainland, representing about 2.4 million people.

Several municipalities in the province have already supported the call for a moratorium on the project, including Richmond and Cumberland.

The province exempted Site C from BCUC review under 2010 Clean Energy Act.

In 2014, a a federal and provincial joint-review panel called on the government to send the project to BCUC for review.

The province brushed off that call, and has repeatedly said construction will begin this summer.

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