Run-of-river power projects kill fish

Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, March 10, 2012

Freedom-of-information documents detail death of salmon, steelhead due to water fluctuations

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Power Failure - Part 2: The Folly of the Kokish River IPP Proposal

George Gibson, Common Sense Canadian, February 24, 2012

In the second installment of a two-part series examining the failed private power model in BC, geologist and concerned British Columbian George Gibson focuses on the proposal to dam and divert the Kokish River as a prime example of the flawed BC Liberal energy policy. (Part 1 here)

Power Failure: BC’s Clean Energy Act on Shaky Ground - Part 1

George Gibson,, Feb 18 2012

The following is the first in a two-part series by geologist and concerned British Columbian George Gibson examining the failed private power model in BC.


Government Pulls the Plug on Private River Power Projects

Gwen Barlee, Wilderness Committee, 06Feb2012

The BC government’s announcement last Friday that it is axing BC Hydro’s electricity self-sufficiency and insurance requirement should dramatically reduce the demand for private power projects and keep scores of wild rivers out of pipes.

Site C essential for LNG development: Clark

Erica Fisher,, Fort St. John, Feb 8, 2012

Site C and B.C.'s proposed LNG development go hand in hand, according to Premier Christy Clark. In an interview with Moose FM/, Clark explained that the newly approved licence for Shell to export liquefied natural gas out of Kitimat will use 100 per cent of the power Site C would create.

B.C. abandons self-sufficient energy plan

Justine Hunter, Globe and Mail, Feb. 03, 2012

Victoria — British Columbia will abandon its current commitment to move the province back to a position of energy self-sufficiency, Premier Christy Clark is announcing today.

The watered-down version of the policy is being rolled out as part of a new energy strategy aimed at fuelling a new liquefied natural gas industry.

Clark softens approach to sustainability as part of B.C.'s new energy strategy

By Jonathan Fowlie, Vancouver Sun, February 3, 2012

VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark is making over her predecessors approach to energy self sufficiency to help make way for a significant expansion in the production of liquefied natural gas.

Natural gas fuelling new economic opportunities

News Release, Premier's Office, Feb 3 2012

VANCOUVER - Premier Christy Clark today announced British Columbia's natural gas strategy will be established on a foundation of four priorities for long-term economic prosperity under the BC Jobs Plan.

BC Natural Gas Strategy 2012"We are creating new and exciting opportunities by diversifying our natural gas sector, strengthening job prospects for British Columbians and opening the door to new clean energy projects. My government is positioning liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a cornerstone of British Columbia's long-term economic success," said Premier Clark.

California clean air regulations could “wipe out” Hydro’s export revenues

By Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun, January 4, 2012

California’s new carbon cap-and-trade regulations, which came into effect Jan. 1, will require BC Hydro’s power exporting arm to buy costly carbon credits on its energy exports beginning in January, 2013, likely wiping out Hydro’s primary export market and increasing the cost of electricity to B.C. consumers in the process, a B.C. energy economist said Tuesday.

Contentious project given environmental approval

The province on Tuesday granted environmental approval to a proposed run-of-river power project on the Kokish River of northern Vancouver Island that was opposed by conservation groups over potential threats to steelhead and salmon habitat.

Tyson Creek ‘experiment’ ought not to be repeated

MARK HUME, Globe and Mail, Nov. 27, 2011

VANCOUVER — There have been growing concerns in British Columbia about the impact of private power projects on streams and rivers.

But we should worry about our lakes, too, according to a file of internal government documents related to the Tyson Creek hydroelectric project.

Tapped Out

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