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Site C dam gets approval for first phase

Site C dam gets approval for first phase

The province has granted approval for the first phase of construction to start on the massive Site C hydroelectric dam project on the Peace River.

Two dozen authorizations include conditions under the land, water, forest and wildlife acts and provide permits for timber removal, road building and site preparation.

Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Minister Steve Thomson said there were initially 45 permit applications submitted, but several of them were deferred to allow more time for consultations with First Nations.

Thomson said each application for the construction phase was reviewed for its potential impact on the environment and on aboriginal treaty rights.

All the decisions makers are satisfied that the consultation process was adequate and upholds the duty to consult local First Nations, Thomson said Tuesday.

“A number of the permits have conditions attached to them that were concerns raised during that process,” he said in a interview.

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