NEWS RELEASE · 19th April 2010
Karen Campbell, Staff Counsel and Director of Strategy for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the B.C. government’s plan to move forward with the Site C dam project:
“Until the right steps have been taken to ensure responsible development of clean electricity in this province, moving forward with the Site C dam will not be in the public interest of British Columbians.
“The decision to move ahead with this project is at odds with the province’s development of the Clean Energy Act. You can’t promise improvements to the way electricity is planned and developed in B.C., and then turn around and rubber stamp this type of mega-project without making any progress on those improvements.
“There are still serious unresolved concerns about the Site C dam, and the environmental assessment process is not equipped to resolve them.
“Additionally, there’s no plan indicating how the electricity from Site C would be used. There are plenty of promises, but no clear strategy showing where the demand will come from or how it contributes to B.C.'s role as a leader on climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions."