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Site C Dam Discussion

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Update: Site C is a go. Our NDP/Green coalition has made a big choice. Let’s discuss. But first . . .

This some weeks ago:

To start things off, here is a letter to our MLA, Nicholas Simons, written by Deborah Greaves. To continue this thread, you can post a comment below.

Here’s Deborah’s letter:

Hello Nicholas,
I am a resident of Gibsons, writing to let you know that my husband Russ and I and several of our local friends are adamant that the Site C dam should NOT proceed.
I am encouraging friends to send their own messages to you.
I have signed petitions and shared my views on social media, and now will attempt to reach you by telephone.
It seems to me that history has shown so-called Mega projects often cause as many problems as they solve, and as someone who has traveled much of the fabulous province of BC, I feel it morally wrong to flood any part of the Peace River Valley.
There is not enough done to educated and remind consumers of the many ways they can use less power, not enough done to help home owners and landlords to capture solar energy, and not enough done to remind consumers of the many ways they can also conserve water.
Please pass on my concerns.
I realize the hour is late. I hope you can help us, those of us who remember that there was an effort made to dam the mighty Fraser River and wish to STOP the Site C.
Thank you so much for reading, recording and sharing my letter.
Deborah Greaves

 

3 Comments

  1. Its not enough for us to say we don’t want Site C dam, we have to present an alternative. Too often people bitch and whine about things but don’t offer any VIABLE solutions. Many people get so caught up in a cause that they stop thinking and focus on this one thing that they are against and more often or not, they don’t have a solution at all.

    I had a job in manufacturing where people would come to me and say “this process isn’t working” and I would ask them if they had a suggestion. Most of the time they didn’t, or the suggestion was not viable at all. Am I to halt everything for an indeterminate amount of time and shut down business until someone (the elusive someone) can come up with something, or do we need to continue the flawed process in order for business to resume? The problem is, that is where some people stop and they don’t think ahead and they don’t get innovative. Yes, we have a problem. Site C dam is absolutely not the BEST solution, but for now it is the only solution anyone has come up with (that I know of) that is viable. Until someone comes up with a better solution, we’re stuck using the power source we have right now.

    I don’t like it, but I don’t have another suggestion at present.

    • Thanks for that thoughtful opinion. I agree, alternatives are lacking, and protest for the sake of protest gets us nowhere. In my undergrad years I worked as a tree planter and general dog’s body in the timber industry and came to the understanding that work made families and communities happen. There is so much about Site C I dislike, but the social benefit that work and local economies creates trumps all.

  2. Site C was planned 50 years ago. If we do not build dams for electricity years before we need them we will be short of power. If everyone is against Site C signs a letter that if there is not enough electricity in future years Hydro can shut there power off first. 10 years back the Bennet dam sprung a leak if that dam failed where would we get power. The prairie provinces use Coal fired power plants why not protest them.
    Solar and Wind can never add up to what a large Dam produces. If you don’t want Site C then disconnect your power go off grid. You spend thousands of Dollars on Solar and alternative energy.
    We need to plan 25-40 years ahead. Once flooded lots of good water rich farming land can be created. If you don’t want all this then stop using it all. Don’t want logging don’t buy toilet paper or wood to build houses etc.

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