Report says Site C could be delayed by a year

Hugh Smith

A new report says that it's very likely Site C will be delayed by a year.

International dam construction expert E. Harvey Elwin put together the report, after reviewing internal BC Hydro documents obtained by West Moberly First Nation. Elwin has identified seven "major risk" issues that could cause delays, including the placement of concrete on the dam's right bank roller compacted concrete buttress, which is behind schedule, and acceleration efforts appear to have failed. According to BC Hydro, a one-year delay could cost over 600 million dollars.

The report directly contradicts comments made by energy minister, Michelle Mungall, who was quoted on July 13th by the Vancouver Sun as saying BC Hydro is doing a"fantastic job" and that site C has a 90 percent likelihood of meeting their budget.

West Moberly First Nation is one of two First Nations who have filed court injunctions to stop construction on the dam while they wait to have their case of Treaty infringement heard by the Supreme Court of Canada.

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