A review panel says B.C. Hydro’s proposed $8-billion Site C dam would provide clear benefits to the province, but it will also significantly affect environment and aboriginal rights.
The panel, whose report was released today, does not say if the project should go ahead.
Rather, it makes 50 recommendations to be followed if the federal and provincial governments give it a green light.
The report says Hydro has not demonstrated the need to build the project by 2024, and that if the governments want to proceed, they should ask the BC Utilities Commission to consider load demand and other issues.
It also finds that the third dam on the Peace River would have significant adverse effects on fish, birds and sensitive eco-system, and would significantly affect Aboriginal rights in the area.