It’s a good time to quit Site C
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