Did you know:
1. Old growth forests slow down forest fires.
2. Meanwhile, BC old growth forests are being clearcut & exported for wood pellets. The cycle of cutting old growth then burning its wood pellets in other countries can be worse than coal, total carbon-wise. #bcpoli
..For more information, this expert panel on BC forestry and turning our forests into pellets is worthwhile: Dr. Mary Booth, Partnership for Policy Integrity, Michelle Connolly, Conservation North,
Tegan Hansen, Stand.Earth #bcpoli
..The industry & govt push for biomass energy is destroying old growth. The BC public must speak up on this. In the video Dr. Mary Booth explains why burning wood should not be counted towards renewable energy targets. This mirrors 'LNG is clean' spin, Min @DonaldsonDoug #bcpoli
@DonaldsonDoug ..You will see various reactions to the BC gov'ts "new" Old Growth Strategy released on Friday (Friday release is always suspicious timing) but many of us view it as a deceptive scam. The BC govt provided no boundaries for the old growth where they say they are deferring cutting!
@DonaldsonDoug ..Meanwhile te BC govt & Minister @DonaldsonDoug's 'old growth strategy' is only deferring cutting for 2 years, not terminating it. We have a vanishingly small amount of BC old growth left. NONE should be cut. Yet many key areas aren't even in the gov'ts deferral zones! #bcpoli
@DonaldsonDoug ..Someone prove to me this govt report on old growth forests isn't pre-election spin, and from a govt that has allowed acceleration of old growth clearcutting during its 3 years in power, including by BC govt's OWN logging operation, BC Timber Sales. #bcpoli
@DonaldsonDoug ..PS don't even get me started on the logging of old forests along 100 km of the Peace River Valley for a #SiteC dam that is likely unbuildable.

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11 Sep
Damning new story by @BenParfittCCPA. Wonder if NDP regret their move. "The #SiteC Dam’s Radical, Risky Makeover - BC Hydro says it has just discovered new, costly problems for the megaproject. In fact, engineers have known about them for decades." #bcpoli thetyee.ca/Analysis/2020/…
@BenParfittCCPA ..So many notable things in this story. Parfitt got a top engineer with serious qualifications in rock mechanics, hydro AND fracking to go on the record and raise doubts about #SiteC's safety & buildability. Anthony Ingraffea, professor emeritus of civil engineering at Cornell
@BenParfittCCPA ..And then Parfitt's article has former CEO of BC Hydro Marc Eliesen saying that the revelations of foundational problems at #SiteC cry out for “an immediate halt” to all work at the project and a sober assessment of whether or not it’s in the public interest to continue" #bcpoli
Read 6 tweets
24 Aug
Now that serious geotechnical problems have materialized in #SiteC's foundations, as many experts predicted they would, my engineer friend has some questions about dam design given the unstable geology. I think his Qs may help us see why fixing these problems is unlikely. #bcpoli
..With the photos in two #SiteC articles today & a diagram from an article by the dam's own engineers, our engineer's Qs are easy to illustrate now:
1. @TheTyee:
thetyee.ca/Analysis/2020/…
2. @VancouverSun: vancouversun.com/business/site-…
3. Canadian Dam Assn nxtbook.com/naylor/CDAQ/CD… #bcpoli
@TheTyee @VancouverSun ..I'll preface the engineer's Qs with some background. The part of #SiteC that's in serious stability trouble, acc. to BC Hydro's own (tardy) July 31 reports, is the only part they've actually built so far: the short end of the L that houses the most critical parts of the dam..
Read 25 tweets
15 Aug
In 5 minutes, @sarahcox_bc talking about the #SiteC fiasco on Co-Op Radio #bcpoli

Listen online here coopradio.org/content/listen
@sarahcox_bc .."Expert Harvey Elwin said he had never seen as much secrecy around a dam project in his 50 years of working on dams around the world - including the Three Gorges Dam in China - as he had seen around the #SiteC dam." What does that signal to British Columbians? #bcpoli
@sarahcox_bc Other tidbits from @sarahcox_bc radio interview: If the deadline for the #SiteC river diversion is missed this Sept, that's another $billion down the drain on top of all the other overruns. The diversion tunnels may be finished, but other elements needed for the diversion aren't.
Read 13 tweets
1 Aug
This project needs to be abandoned now. Just read this one section alone. This is why we told the NDP #SiteC would go to $20 billion, still remain unsafe, and likely be unfinishable. We don't need the power. Find some guts, stop work now & reassess #bcpoli vancouversun.com/opinion/editor…
Me to engineer: this is not fixable, not for any amount of money.

Engineer:
#SiteC #bcpoli
..The same engineer has further remarks on #SiteC & instability, but first, take a look at this 2013 letter to BC & local govts from Peace resident Arthur Hadland. It's a compendium of everything known about the site's instability. GOV'TS KNEW. #bcpoli prrd.bc.ca/board/agendas/…
Read 17 tweets
22 Jul
New photos of #SiteC construction problems from a pilot friend. Such clear photos, taken while banking turns too; nerves of steel! First, huge pile of debris from upstream tributaries up against containment boom; machines constantly removing logs, but making no dent. #bcpoli
Next, #SiteC's north bank, with its twin river diversion tunnels. Entrances L, exits R, but they're too far apart to appear clearly in one shot. Between them, the erosion-covered spot (rusty orange stains from seepage through the shotcrete) where dam will attach to N bank
#bcpoli
Re: previous photos: 1. "Very waterlogged area as can be seen by the orange iron stains. Iron is picked up in gravel seams inside the bank & the area immediately above is a deep seam." Dangerous spot to attach a dam. Water travels thru seams & turns the bank's hard shale to mud.
Read 12 tweets
14 May
This photo of the current state of #SiteC seems to have disappeared now (not surprisingly, given that it's a mess), but an engineer friend was looking at it closely and has some remarks about soil/geology. #bcpoli Image
The original photo may have been at this link. Anyway, regardless of source, the engineer has the following questions for @sitecproject and @bchydro, given what we know of the history of geotechnical instability in the Peace River region... #SiteC
@sitecproject @bchydro ..Engineer: "Don't know what to say, looking at this, other than "yikes." That more yellowish material at top could be a layer of what locals in the Peace/Fort St John area have sometimes called 'gumbo', along with some other interbedded material..." 3/x #SiteC Image
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