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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources announced this afternoon that the BC NDP government has officially sent the Site C project to the BCUC for review.
“Our government is delivering on our commitment to British Columbians by ordering an independent review of Site C to ensure we can keep hydro rates affordable.
The previous government refused to allow our independent energy watchdog to examine the project to determine if it was in the public interest. That was wrong. We’re sending this project to the BCUC to ensure we make the right decision for B.C. families.”
Specifically, the BCUC has been asked to:
- Confirm whether or not BC Hydro is on target to complete Site C on budget and by 2024, and;
- Provide advice on implications for ratepayers associated with proceeding with the project;
- Suspending the project, while maintaining the option to resume construction until 2024; and
- Terminating the project, remediating the site and proceeding with other resource portfolios that provide the same level of benefits at the same or lower cost as Site C.
“The BCUC will be guided by the understanding that the review is not a reconsideration of decisions made during the environmental assessment process, by statutory decision makers, or in the courts.”
The review will begin on August 9, 2017. The terms of reference specify a preliminary report from the BCUC within six weeks (by September 20, 2017), and a final report within 12 weeks (by November 1, 2017).
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