A small group of protesters gathered outside BC Hydro headquarters in Vancouver this afternoon to rally against the Site C Dam.
Protesters are saying the building of the damn would break federal and provincial law, as well as break Treaty Eight.
Organizer Jennifer O’Keeffe says the Peace River Valley where Site C is to be built would remove a significant amount of farmland from the province.
“Only five percent of British Columbia has arable land, which means means only five percent of British Columbia’s land can sustain agriculture. The Peace River Valley is the largest region of that land.”
O’Keefe says it’s up to the public to hold the government accountable.
“You’ve got a government that’s violating international and federal law, violating their own provincial statutes, who’s going to hold the government accountable, because they’ve proven that they cannot hold themselves accountable.”
Proponents of the project, including BC Hydro, say our energy needs will increase 40% by 2033, and we need to complete the project in order to meet that need.
The lawyer for the Peace River landowners told CKNW they’re appealing the court decision denying their request for a review of the environmental assessment process.