April 25, 2016

BC Hydro’s Site C Dam: Here’s why W.A.C. Bennett’s ambitious “Two Rivers Policy” matters today

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator
 

BC Hydro has a huge project underway called the Site C Dam - a hydroelectric power production that will generate 1,100 mega watts of power. Our country and BC in particular has a rich history of hydroelectric power generation and dam construction. In part two of my series on the history of hydropower in BC, I look W.A.C. Bennett’s ambitious “Two Rivers Policy”.

This policy led to massive hydroelectric developments along the Columbia and Peace Rivers in the 1960’s. Bennett saw the massive potential in harnessing the power of the rivers and wanted new sources of electricity to power industrial development in the province and stimulate economic growth.

But there was a problem. Watch my video to see how Bennett dealt with the problems and controversies at the time to complete the ambitious and ultimately, beneficial project.

This may lead you to the conclusion that the new Site C Dam should be a no brainer, but not so fast.

Next week, I'll tell you about the opponents and proponents to the controversial project.

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commented 2016-04-25 17:16:02 -0400
The site c is A dam good idea
First we need more power in the future
There will slashing and logging crews , survey crews laying out dam perimeters and transmission lines , roads pushed in , and other roads improved, substations, and many more spin offs!! If I was young I’d do it again, me and some of my friends left home for the first time to take part , it was exciting, and built in "Curve learning "
W A C BENNET Was our hero, I worked on the Duncan dam site
When the site c is finished it will be an area of recreational activities as well

David Suzuki is a dying breed

Looking forward to your next report CHRISTOPHER
commented 2016-04-25 14:02:27 -0400
Richard Neufeld, perhaps we could make it up to Alberta by approving a couple pipelines to the north and south coasts?
commented 2016-04-25 13:18:47 -0400
A dam good idea, but what do the Greeners have to say about this new Dam.
commented 2016-04-25 13:13:05 -0400
One issue that the Peace River dam projects never addressed was the impact of the reservoir on the Peace Athabasca Delta in northeastern Alberta. Unlike the agreement between Alberta, Sask and Manitoba there is no such river use agreement between B.C. and Alberta. These B.C. projects have had significant impacts on some Alberta communities and the environment and they have never been addressed by B.C. governments, past or present. It has been a thorn in the side of Albertan residents that B.C. continues to be smug about the environment and look down on Alberta when B.C. has been the cause of some of the issues we face here.

That being said, the project is underway and I hope it turns out to be a success.

On a final note, remember in the 1990’s when Suzuki was on T.V. stating that hydro dams were the dirtiest form of power generation other than nuclear.
commented 2016-04-25 12:32:34 -0400
Cite C Damn beats the hell out of windmills & solar panels.
Let’s Getter Done!