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Site C Dam public hearings underway

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
December 10th, 2013

Public hearings began Monday in Fort St. John, B.C. into the controversial Site C hydroelectric project planned for the Peace River.

The proposed Site C dam would be the third hydroelectric project on the river and cost $8 billion to build.

Supporters of the controversial faclitiy say B.C. needs extra power and the dam would generate 1,100 megawatts of electricity — enough to supply 450,000 homes.

But for the past 40 years, many have fought the project, believing the environmental damage Site C would do to the surrounding land is too high, leading to huge losses for B.C.’s Peace Region.

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