Y2Y raise concern over BC Hydro logging plan near Site C

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Y2Y which is the Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative is raising concern over BC Hydro’s plan to log by the Site C dam.

In an article on woodbusiness.ca, Candace Batycki who is the BC and Yukon program for director for Y2Y, says that BC Hydro’s current plan to log is not necessary. She states that BC Hydro can log anytime they want if they are given control of the crown lands.

The area that is being discussed is the Peace-Boudreau area.

On September 1st of this year, BC Hydro placed a notice stating that they are planning to log the valley with local newspapers. According to the article on woodbusiness.ca, BC Hydro has given until September 25th as a deadline for comments. There was also no mention of Site C in the posting with the newspapers.

She also says that the way BC Hydro advertised and the short time frame given for comments, it seems that they are trying to minimize the awareness of the actual project with the intention that they won’t get that many comments back regarding the proposal.

Batycki says that BC Hydro has already logged part of the Peace-Boudreau area last year, and she raised concern as to why Hydro wants to log more in the area. She says in the area there is a Old Growth Management Area, and the site of the first interior trading post in BC.

The group is asking BC Hydro to stop the application until the current legal battles involving Site C are ruled on. She points to outstanding treaty rights issues which are in front of the federal court of appeal. Batycki also asks that if that request is not met, that the FLNRO (Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations) extend the comment period. The application is from BC Hydro to the FLNRO.

BC Hydro has not returned a request for comment on the story.

Original story here.