More Big Dam controversy: the Environmental Assessment of British Columbia’s Site C Dam

There has been quite a bit of controversy over the proposed Site C Dam in North Eastern British Columbia.

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Yesterday the environmental assessment was released. Lots of responses from the media (see here or here) for and against for this mega-dam (a mega-dam is anything over 15m high; Site C will be 60m).

There is already a mega-dam on the Peace River upstream of the proposed Site C Dam – the Bennett Dam is 180m high and, since 1968 has held back B.C.’s largest reservoir. Below the Bennett Dam, and also upstream of Site C, is the Peace Canyon dam.

Not long ago the journal Water Alternatives had a free special issue on Big Dams. In it, some of the world’s foremost authorities weighed in on the Big Dam controversy.

All of Water Alternatives articles are free, I should mention, and just require you to make a user name and password.

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  1. Makere Stewart-Harawira says:

    Reblogged this on The Turning Spiral.

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  1. […] Now, if we turn and look the other way, to Alberta’s only upstream neighbour – British Columbia – we see a different story. There, the Site C dam approval process has Alberta up in arms. The assessment for the dam is here, but Alberta is worried about elevated levels of mercury downstream (i.e. in Alberta) if the dam is approved. The Ft. Chipewyan Metis are suing BC Hydro over the effects of the two existing dams in that same watershed (see here and here). There is also community opposition to the project (and has been for some time, as I’ve noted before). […]

  2. […] series being put together on British Columbia’s Site C Dam, which I have mentioned here before. The series is can be found in reverse chronological order here. One of the interesting […]

  3. […] mentioned previously the Site C Dam project in north eastern British Columbia (here and here). Now that project has been approved by the provincial government. It will be one of the […]

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