A truck hauls material across temporary bridge built across the Peace River for construction of the Site C dam, January 2017. B.C. HYDRO photo

A truck hauls material across temporary bridge built across the Peace River for construction of the Site C dam, January 2017. B.C. HYDRO photo

Site C dam discussion comes to Harbour City

A community input session will be held Tuesday (Oct. 10) as part of the BCUC’s Site C inquiry

Nanaimo will get a say in a mega project impacting British Columbia’s energy future.

A community input session will be held Tuesday (Oct. 10) as part of the B.C. Utilities Commission’s Site C inquiry.

The provincial government announced in early August that it was asking the BCUC to review the Site C dam project in the Peace River valley. The panel reported back to the B.C. government on Sept. 20, suggesting that Site C was on time for a November 2024 in-service date, but that there was insufficient information to determine if the $8.8-billion project was on budget.

Community input sessions began Sept. 23 and have been held around the province. Nanaimo’s meeting is the second-to-last and will be followed by a session Oct. 11 in Victoria.

The BCUC noted in a press release that separate sessions are scheduled for the panel to hear First Nations submissions. The final session for the panel to hear from First Nations will also be Oct. 11 in Victoria.

In a B.C. government press release, Michelle Mungall, minister of energy, mines and petroleum resources, said the purpose of the independent review of Site C is “to ensure that we can keep hydro rates affordable” and “make the right decision for B.C. families.”

Tuesday’s session in Nanaimo is from 6-10 p.m. at the Coast Bastion Hotel. To register, visit www.sitecinquiry.com or phone 1-844-815-6190. Walk-ins will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.