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.