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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources has confirmed that the Highway 29 realignment contracts will be deferred, pending a review of the Site C project from the British Columbia Utilities Commission.

Assistant Deputy Minister Les MacLaren was alongside Minister Michelle Mungall yesterday when the announcement was made that the BCUC would begin a review on August 9.

Mungall said at the press conference yesterday that from the information she had presently, no more contracts would be awarded.

“To the best of my knowledge right now, there are no contracts that are expected to be awarded in that time frame, in this three month time frame.”

MacLaren confirmed that no contracts would close while the independent review is completed.

“Generating stations, spillways and hydro mechanical contracts are not expected to close within the period of this time.”

The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources said in a statement to that the realignment will be postponed.

“Highway 29 Bear Flats to Cache Creek contracts will be deferred pending the results of the BCUC review.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is working with BC Hydro to find ways to mitigate the potential for the highway closures should the schedule be delayed and is confident that there are available mitigation options. One example is the option to build a temporary detour bridge and road alignment adjacent to the Cache Creek Bridge. This temporary detour bridge and alignment will not affect the timelines of the project if the government’s decision is that it should proceed.”

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