The BC Government has decided to go forward with the Site C Dam project.
The controversial construction project’s future has been mired in uncertainty since the NDP took power in July. According to a release, the government says to do other than continue the project would put British Columbians on the hook for an immediate and unavoidable $4-billion bill, with nothing in return. Premier Horgan says Site C should never have been started, but cancelling it would add billions to the province’s debt. He also said the previous Liberal government recklessly pushed the project past the point of no return.
The premier says the government will implement a new Site C turnaround plan to contain project costs while adding benefits. These will include a new Project Assurance Board, which will oversee future contract procurement and management with a mandate to deliver the project on time and on budget, and new community benefits programs for assisting local communities and increasing the number of apprenticies and First Nations workers hired to the project.
To see the release, visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017PREM0135-002039.