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Site C, 100 days in
FORT ST. JOHN – Work on the proposed Site C Clean Energy Project dam on the Peace River will reach its 100th day of construction this week, according to a BC Hydro press release.
For just over three months, approximately 600 people have been working in preparation for the dam’s construction; work such as tree and vegetation clearing, upgrading roads and building a 1,600 person work accommodation facility have been undertaken at the site just west of Fort St. John.
“In just over three months, the construction of Site C is already creating jobs and business opportunities for communities and Aboriginal groups, and will continue to do so for almost a decade,” said Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines.
“Once built, Site C will benefit generations of British Columbians by providing clean, renewable and affordable electricity for more than 100 years.”
The press release outlines highlights of work so far, such as 900 metres of public road improvement, 15 km of construction access roads, 530 hectares of cleared land and about 13,000 m3 of timber sold to local mills.
The first concrete was poured for the main worker accommodation site in October, and first sleeping dorms are on site, it says.
“Site C is part of a long-term energy vision for our province and I’m very pleased to see construction progressing well in the first 100 days,” said Mike Bernier, MLA for Peace River South.
“The timing of Site C construction is also very important as it’s going to provide family-supporting jobs for people in the north. I’m looking forward to seeing construction advance and employment ramp up.”
BC Hydro states that mitigation measures for the reduction of negative effects to the environment are being followed by contractors.
Judicial reviews of the Site C provincial construction permits are scheduled for this month, and in October the Union of B.C. Municipalities passed a number of resolutions at its convention, calling for Site C construction to be halted until further reviews of the project are conducted.