Proposals Put to BC Hydro as part of Mitigation for Site C
For sometime, Hudson’s Hope has been attempting to negotiate a mitigation and compensation agreement for the impacts of Site C.
A general agreement on mitigation and compensation is still in negotiation and can’t be made public. However, the District is making three of its proposals public for community review. In Council’s view, they are exceedingly conservative and reasonable. We would appreciate your opinion – and your support as we attempt to get a fair agreement for Hudson’s Hope.
Below are summaries of the proposed documents. The three complete Draft documents, together with summaries, are available on the District website, Facebook, or, in hard copy, at the District office.
No other community in the province is impacted by BC Hydro to the extent that Hudson’s Hope is. We have two dams, one complete reservoir and part of the huge Williston Reservoir, which is what makes the rest of the Hydro system efficient. If Site C is built, just under 20% of its reservoir would be within Hudson’s Hope boundaries. Because of the deep integration of Hydro into community life, we are proposing a Community Engagement Committee to ensure meaningful review of Site C construction and operation on an ongoing basis. Key provisions include:
- Committee of 6 , with senior Hudson’s Hope and corporate BC Hydro representation
- Co-chaired by Hudson’s Hope and BC Hydro
- Quarterly meetings
- Provisions for meaningful information sharing and formal dispute resolution
- Advisory with requirement for Hudson’s Hope and BC Hydro to give input, concerns and issues full and fair consideration
- Provisions for regular information exchange and collaborative review of issues throughout the construction and operation phase
- Contingency fund to address unexpected Site C issues and adverse impacts
- Provision for active involvement and input of technical advisors, participants and observers
- Minutes and annual report
- BC Hydro to fund Committee
BC Hydro acknowledges that the banks of the Peace Valley are unstable and that Site C would cause sloughing. They intend to place a Statutory Right of Way on the land deemed at risk – and there’s a very large amount of it: 1037 hectares (2562 acres) just within municipal boundaries. Being waterfront, much of it is choice property.
The District has prepared and makes public a SR/W document that we are proposing. It is one of the three documents being made public.
BC Hydro has not provided their Site C Statutory Right of Way document, despite having been asked for several years to do that. However, they are continuing to place SR/W’s on land, using variations of the versions used in the 1960’s and 70’s. Those allow a landowner to retain the land title but gives BC Hydro the right to ‘saturate, permeate, overflow, flood, erode, cause to slough, cause debris to be deposited on,’ etc. No permanent structures are allowed on the SR/W. We expect that Hydro’s new document will not be substantially different.
The main difference between BC Hydro’s documents and Hudson’s Hope’s is that the District’s would permit permanent structures on a SR/W property so long as the owner accepts the risk and assumes liability should the structures be damaged or destroyed.
Site C has been negatively affecting Hudson’s Hope property tax revenue since the early 1970’s, when they began purchasing land and removing all structures from it. BC Hydro now owns many properties which once had houses and outbuildings on them, but which now sit vacant. Some bring in taxes as low as 13 cents.
In addition to the historical losses, there will be future losses to flooding and erosion. That land is lost to Hudson’s Hope for development and taxation.
Osland Appraisals was contracted to analyze past and future tax impacts. The Osland Report, BC Hydro Site C Dam Tax Impact Order of Magnitude Study, estimates annual tax losses associated with Site C.
Please do read the three draft documents and let us know what you think.
Expert and Independent BC Utilities Commission Review Required Before $ 7.9 Billion Spent on Site C
News Release September 9, 2014
BACKGROUNDER ON B.C. UTILITIES COMMISSION REVIEW OF PROPOSED SITE C DAM PROJECT
Alternatives to the proposed Site C dam could save BC over $5 billion in project costs and provincial debt.
The District of Hudson’s Hope is asking Premier Christy Clark to refer Site C to the British Columbia Utilities Commission to investigate alternatives such as natural gas, geothermal, solar, upgrading Burrard Thermal, upgrading Mica Dam, or building a facility like Shepard Energy Facility near Calgary.
For more information, please visit www.hudsonshope.ca
MEDIA RELEASE – Site C
HUDSON’S HOPE CALLS ON PREMIER TO REFER $7.9 BILLION SITE C DAM PROJECT TO BC UTILITIES COMMISSION
A Review of the Site C Project Exploring the Alternatives The District of Hudson’s Hope, a community of 1,100 people in the heart of the Peace River Valley, will be impacted more than any other municipality by the proposed Site C dam. Accordingly, the District has tried to be diligent in monitoring studies and assessments associated with the proposed project. The most exhaustive of those processes was conducted by the Site C Joint Review Panel (JRP) appointed by the provincial and federal governments. Their report was released on May 1, 2014. Given that 457-page report’s complexity, the District engaged Urban Systems to conduct a review of the JRP’s findings, available literature and other relevant information – to clarify
For Immediate Release July 8, 2014 Site C Review Findings to be Released by Mayor Gwen Johansson VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Members of the media and the public are invited to attend a news conference where Gwen Johansson, Mayor of the District of Hudson’s Hope, will release the findings of a report that reviews the $7.9 billion Site C dam project, explores alternatives to Site C and highlights the financial impact of the project on BC taxpayers. Additional information, including report summary and backgrounder will be issued via CNW Newswire on Wednesday, July 9 at 12:30pm (PST). Event: Site C Report – Public announcement and news conference Date: Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 Time: 12:30pm – 1:00 pm Location: Courtyard of BC Hydro Corporate Offices, 333 Dunsmuir, Vancouver BC Media Contact: Brandon Thompson District of Hudson’s Hope Communications 250-686-6887
Site “C” Draft Conditions Paper
The BC Environmental Office (BC EAO) has posted the Draft Potential Conditions they propose to place on the permit to build Site C. The BC EAO are accepting comments and suggestions on those conditions. If you have ideas or suggestions about conditions that should be included in a permit for Site C, for either the construction or the operation of the dam, please drop them off at the Municipal Office or email them to Tom Matus at firstname.lastname@example.org The District will compile the suggestions and submit them to the Environmental Assessment Office. We need the comments from the public by July 9, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. in order to submit them to the BC EAO.
Impacts of Site C
DRAFT Transcript –: January 20, 2014 Local and Socio-Economic Environment Topic Specific Session, Fort St. John, British Columbia (Note: Received January 21, 2014) The video showing the Impacts Site C would have on Hudson’s Hope and surrounding area has been temporarily removed and is currently being updated. Audio Transcripts from Hudson’s Hope Site “C” Public Hearing: Audio Recording: Part 1 of the December 13, 2013 Hudson’s Hope General Session Audio Recording: Part 2 of the December 13, 2013 Hudson’s Hope General Session Audio Recording: Part 3 of the December 13, 2013 Hudson’s Hope General Session Audio Recording: Part 4 of the December 13, 2013 Hudson’s Hope General Session Site C Legacy Please read the Site C Legacy leaflet which outlines what the much talked-about legacy has turned out to be and explains why Hudson’s Hope Council has rejected it as unfair to our community. Legacy Information