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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After Peace River Hydro Partners confirmed that there were over 70 layoffs at the Site C dam last week due to safety related work stoppages, BC Hydro is clarifying exactly what the safety issues stem from.

BC Hydro spokesperson Dave Conway says that the Peace River Valley has many pre-existing slides and that engineers are working diligently to get work going again.

“The Peace River Valley has many pre-existing slides and the design of the excavation on the north bank is planned so that all historic slides in the dam site area will be completely removed by excavation work. Recently, there was some slope movement in an area of a known pre-existing slide. Work was stopped while a plan was developed to safely remove the slide. Engineers have already reviewed this slide to ensure the excavation can continue safely and we expect work to resume shortly.”

In total, Amber Harding with Peace River Hydro Partners told Energeticcity.ca that 72 workers were laid off last week with the majority of them being heavy equipment operators and labourers.

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