Trudeau government signals support for Site C dam, grants two permits
Justin Trudeau's Liberal Government has granted two crucial federal permits for Site C, a controversial mega dam project in northeastern British Columbia. Construction on the $9 billion dam has been underway for almost a year, with about 1,500 workers already on the job in B.C.
But the dam is actively opposed by local landowners, some First Nations, and many environmentalists and academics. The dam will flood a valley 80 kilometres long, submerging homes and farms, a highway, and traditional indigenous land. Site C opponents hoped Trudeau, with his interest in treaty rights and the environment, would support their cause.
Once completed, electricity from Site C could power half a million homes a year and could also provide power to proposed LNG projects.