It’s a good time to quit Site C

Times Colonist - - Comment -

In­creas­ingly dire re­ports of the in­sta­bil­ity of the land on which the Site C dam is be­ing built are deeply trou­bling.

Premier John Hor­gan blames COVID-19 for the in­creased costs and the fail­ure to meet the dam’s timeline.

Nice try, but the geo­phys­i­cal con­cerns have been around for a good long time. They’re only get­ting worse.

The mar­ket for oil is down the tubes and un­likely to make a come­back soon or maybe ever. Site C is pri­mar­ily in ser­vice of LNG. Its mar­ket is also in deep trou­ble.

Hor­gan missed his first op­por­tu­nity to shut Site C down shortly after his elec­tion. He has a per­fect op­por­tu­nity now to pull the plug be­fore fur­ther bil­lions are in­vested in a dam which may be un­build­able, or if built, so ex­pen­sive we will be up to our necks in debt.

On top of the eco­nomic im­pacts of COVID-19, this is not a pretty pic­ture.

Halt­ing Site C would save us from throw­ing good money after bad, hon­our First Na­tions’ sa­cred un­ceded ter­ri­tory, and save the great swath of rich agri­cul­tural land that will be ever more valu­able as the cli­mate warms. The time is now to get out while the get­ting’s good.

Dorothy Field Victoria

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