Peace River Regional District concerned over Hydro hauling plan at Site C

Concerns over Site C plan

The Peace River Regional District has “very serious concerns” with a BC Hydro plan that could see hundreds of trucks per day hauling rock materials to Site C.

Industrial lands next to Fort St. John are being excavated for glacial till, needed to construct the earth fill dam core and approach channel lining.

A five-kilometre-long conveyor has been built to ship the materials to the Peace River, but BC Hydro is seeking amendments to its environmental certificate to be able to haul the excavated materials by truck, “rather than by the conveyor system,” according to a Jan. 14 report.

“Hauling could occur for up to seven months per year over a period of three years, and would involve up to 122 large trucks per hour using Old Fort, 240 and 269 Roads,” writes CAO Shawn Dahlen.

“This represents a very serious concern to residents and to the PRRD from many perspectives, including traffic volumes, safety, dust and noise.”

BC Hydro spokesman Dave Conway says the conveyor will still move the vast majority of materials to the dam site.

“We are requesting this amendment as a result of the potential need to haul till material from the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands to the dam site when the conveyor is undergoing maintenance or in the event it’s not able to operate due to unforeseen circumstances,” Conway said.

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