More than six months after the provincial government approved construction of the Site C dam, BC Hydro has finally received the necessary permits for shovels to hit the ground.
The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations says it’s approved 24 authorizations for the $8.8-billion dollar mega-dam in the Peace Valley which will see farmland flooded in exchange for a new power source.
The government says consultation with the Treaty 8 First Nations wrapped up last month.
The project is facing several legal challenges from First Nations and environmental groups.
Metro Vancouver board members want the project delayed.
They voted last week in favour of seeking a two-year moratorium on construction, and want the project reviewed by the BC Utilities Commission.
The province says the project will generate enough electricity to power about 450,000 homes per year.
While the province says it has issued the necessary permits to pave the way for construction of the Site C dam, BC Hydro says shovels may not hit the ground until next year.
Site preparation could begin later this month, but Hydro has yet to award a contract to one of the four short-listed proponents for the actual construction of the dam.
The contract was originally to be awarded this summer.
It will now happen this fall.