British Columbia Utilities Commission, Columbia, Environmental Review Panel discussed on MEDIA INDIGENA : Indigenous current affairs

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Seriously sightsee before making its decision in the coming weeks. First, nations in the area are trying to fight it. Adding their two sense is a report from an organization called or at least a sponsored by the social science research. Council are s are see. The name of the study is first nations and hydropower the case of British. Columbia's site C, Dam? Project. Now it it talks about how sightsee is the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken by British. Columbia originally budgeted at eight point three, billion dollars Canadian. It's now estimated at ten billion with further cost overruns likely. It's in its early stages of construction. It's designed to produce eleven hundred megawatts of capacity fifty, one, hundred gigawatt hours per year of energy starting in twenty. Twenty Four. Now over the past eighteen months. According to this study UB C program on Water Governance University of British Columbia. How thick reports on sightsee made a number of submissions to the British Columbia Utilities Commission This article the one we're talking about today. Is Some of those key findings with the goal of contributing to the ongoing public debate on the project and they say that they believe are research feels important gap because the previous provincial government that is the liberals exempted sightsee from review by the British Columbia. Utilities Commission. which regulates B. C hydro this this exemption occurred despite the fact that the federal and provincial governments own environmental joint review panel recommended review by the Utilities Commission. It's not super long. It's it's really worth reading talks about how indigenous communities have repeatedly highlighted how sightsee would severely impact treaty rights by flooding large sections of the Peace River valley, which is already extensively affected by previous hydro development. However, the question of treaty rights infringement was excluded from the. Of the Environmental Review Panel appointed by the provincial and federal governments as we just heard this forced affected treaty eight first nations to pursue the matter in the courts trying to apply for judicial review of a this particular decision. That didn't go very far. Yet, to be an approach in terms of infringements of Aboriginal Rights, Brock, this reminds me a lot of what happened in Muskrat falls in Labrador which was controversial from the start. As you know I, I'm just seeing this pattern and maybe it's backed super entrenched by now where Governments corporations they infringe first. And then apologize later. Yeah that's one of the criticism raised.

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