The BC Public Utilities Commission has embarked on a study of Site “C” and are looking for public input.
The NDP ordered the commission to look into the cost implications of the multi-billion dollar project after the liberals cut the commission out of the picture when the Clark government gave the thumbs up to the project. Since then the project has become one of the most controversial in the history of the province with various court actions being launched and land owners, First Nations and environmentalists, along with a plethora of experts, argue the project is unnecessary because the power isn’t required and that any surplus power would be sold at a loss. They also point out there are far less costly alternatives that were ignored by the previous government.
Now the utilities commission has announced a slate of meeting locations. It all get started this Saturday with the first session coming up in Vancouver.
There are just a few session slated for the north. Prince George on September 29th, Hudson’s Hope on the 30th, and Fort St John on October first and second. There are also four northern session slated for First Nations input. They are coming up in Prince George September 29th and Fort St John October third.
The first session follows the initial report by the commission which slated for release this Wednesday. The commission is after feedback based on that report. The public has between September 21st and October 11th to respond on line or at any of the community sessions. You need to per-register if you plan to attend a community meeting and you can do that through sitecinquiry.com
The First Nation sessions are open to anyone who cares to attend, but they will be restricted to First Nations speakers only. You don’t have to register for these additional meetings, but space is limited.
The panel could also recall some representatives if they require additional information dealing with technical presentations. While these additional meetings will be also be open to the general public only those who have the information the panel requires will be asked to address them