“The MacKenzie River basin is absolutely unique and keeps all the various systems in balance, ”says Miltenberger ahead of Site C Review

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The Site C dam has been championed by BC Hydro and the BC Liberals. Other stakeholders like the Peace Valley Landowner Association and the Peace Valley Environment have weighed in suggesting that the project needs to be terminated.

Further down river, the NWT was not consulted and were advised that BC would be going ahead with Site C dam. They believed that they had only to consult with groups up to 12 kilometers down river.

Former NWT Environment and Finance Minister, Michael Miltenberger about the recent BC Utilities Commission’s (BCUC) review of Site C dam.

“This project was part of political hubris of the former government where they were going to build it, regardless, they didn’t care,” said Miltenberger. “And now, here we are in the eleventh hour, where there’s going to be a measured thoughtful reconsideration looking at all the factors not just political hubris.”

Miltenberger says that the McKenzie River basin is considered one of the most untouched basins on the planet and it has enormous value to the planet as an intact eco system.

“It’s been referred to in literature as the Cold Amazon,” said Miltenberger, “The McKenzie River basin is absolutely unique and keeps all the various systems in balance.”

November first is when the next report will come out on Site C, and whether John Horgan’s NDP government will go ahead or halt the billion dollar hydro-electric project.

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