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B.C. approves controversial $8.5B Site C dam project – The Province

by pmnationtalk on December 17, 2014628 Views

December 16, 2014

The Doig River, Prophet River, West Moberly and McLeod Lake bands — all members of the Treaty 8 Tribal Association — have already launched federal court action to quash Ottawa’s approval of the project

VICTORIA — The B.C. government pledged Tuesday to spend billions building a big new dam in the northeast, setting the stage for a courtroom showdown with furious First Nations and other landowners over the most-expensive project in the government’s history.

Premier Christy Clark approved the Site C dam, saying the almost-$8.8 billion megaproject will provide future generations with clean, reliable hydroelectricity, like that already generated by other dams on the Peace and Columbia rivers.

“In the life of any province, there are moments where each of us have an opportunity, a responsibility, to make big decisions, ones that are going to matter, in this case, for a century,” Clark said at the legislature. “Today is that day.”

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