B4: Review of Site C by the BC Utilities Commission



NCLGA Executive Recommendation: Endorse | Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership


WHEREAS the Environmental Assessment Joint Review Panel, the only independent agency to review the recently endorsed Site C project, recommended that Site C be referred to the BC Utilities Commission; and

AND WHEREAS construction of this major project would:

-          have a major impact on electricity rates throughout the province,

-          use up considerable provincial borrowing room, thus reducing borrowing capacity for other public infrastructure, and

-          deny British Columbians an open, transparent, independent and expert review of the economics of the project;


THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Union of BC Municipalities request the province to follow the recommendations of its Joint Review Panel and refer the Site C project to the BC Utilities Commission for review of the need for, cost of, and alternatives to this project.


The UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution requesting the provincial government to refer the Site C project to the BC Utilities Commission for review. However, members have consistently endorsed resolutions supporting the role of the BC Utilities Commission in reviewing proposed power projects (2010-B102, 2007-B146, 2006-A4, 2003-B96).