Sources are passing on a lot of concerning information about #COVID19BC management at #SiteC and in Fort St John. This much smoke usually means fire. I'm just going to pass it along in the hope that we can finally get some official response... 1/x
..1. Word is that workers who put themselves into "self-isolation" at #SiteC are NOT automatically tested. (This is a Q many have asked over the past 9 months - What is self isolation & are all workers tested?) I asked sources why. Same answer every time: "No test = no outbreak."
2. Frontline cleaning and other staff are moving freely between shifts at #SiteC, various Fort St John-area schools, and Peace Villa (which is the LTC attached to the FSJ Hospital, which has had #covid19BC cases). There have been cases & exposures at all 3 places.
Some of the workers also work in the hospital as well as at some of these other 3 sites. The rule that HC workers can only work at one care home doesn't mean they can't work at #SiteC and other risky locations. "The web of potential transmission is mind boggling really."
One source: 'We are already out of ICU beds & patients are going to Nanaimo. And our hospital was a designated Covid Center! All of Northern Health is out of ICU beds, not just Fort St John. Even Prince George [largest hospital in the health region] is flying them to Nanaimo'
I asked all sources if anyone had reported this to their supervisors or unions. Same response every time: with either, 'you get a lot of pushback if you broach this, and if you keep pushing, they find a way to fire you.' So they turn to people on Twitter. This is not right.
Another source: 'I don’t know that the ICU beds are full, but I do know that the medivac planes are here continually moving cases to Prince George or elsewhere. It was a joke to designate a 4 bed ICU facility as a Covid Centre.'
This same source agrees that #SiteC is not testing the "self isolation" cases that Hydro reports. "Sounded like it was based on symptoms only." #covid19bc
There's more but I'll just finish with the fact that many #SiteC workers live in town because they hate the camp (rooms too small, food bad) and are going back and forth between #SiteC with its insufficient testing, and Fort St John which has only 4 ICU beds...
I'm sure this sort of thing is going on all over the province. But that Northern Health is a region with positivity rates comparable to Fraser Health & also contains most of the fossil fuel/Big Hydro work camps seems to be no coincidence. Regardless it's negligent pandemic mgmt.
..Oh one last thing: cases that physically exist in the Northern Health region are likely worse than reported because workers are flown in but official case numbers record them as belonging to their home address, ie in other parts of BC or Canada.
..More on #COVID19BC in Northern Health region: "Cleaners Are on #LNGCanada’s Frontlines. They’re Scared. Janitors complain of low protection, pay and transparency"… #bcpoli @TheTyee #SiteC
@TheTyee .."The workers provide an essential service at #LNGCanada, spending 10 - 11 hrs/day cleaning & sanitizing buildings where 54 people have tested positive for #COVID19BC..Yet workers say Dexterra failed to provide adequate PPE & expects them to travel in crowded vans to worksites"

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6 Dec
New #SiteC photos today. Engineer & informed locals keep pointing out to me that we should not see this much white turbulence visible at the river diversion tunnel exits when we're not at high flow time of year (spring freshet). Why is turbulence bad?.. #bcpoli Turbulence in water exiting river diversion tunnels (right)
As I pointed out in an earlier thread on this issue, turbulence just means the river diversion tunnels are too small for the flow. We know that the tunnels have been lined with thick concrete sections, but let's remember they sit inside a weak shale bank.
I'm chatting with an engineer and a hydro construction expert right now (welcome to pandemic Saturday night!). They are independently pointing out that this turbulence looks wrong; if tunnels were properly designed for this river we would see smooth or "laminar" flow.
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5 Dec
"LNG Canada workers complained about unsafe conditions prior to COVID-19 outbreak" @TorontoStar
Sounds like #SiteC too, based on employee reviews...… #covid19bc #bcpoli @BruceRalston @jjhorgan
@TorontoStar @BruceRalston @jjhorgan ."The outbreak at #LNGCanada started on Nov. 19 & there are now 54 cases. In the months leading up to the outbreak, workers raised concerns about #COVID19BC cleaning procedures in common areas, rooms & work spaces, prompting inspections by WorkSafe BC on Aug 28 & Oct 19." #bcpoli
@TorontoStar @BruceRalston @jjhorgan ..Get this: "The documents also reveal that a WorkSafe BC inspection of the #SiteC work camp’s sewage treatment facility in northeast BC on March 19 found the facility did not have a plan to sufficiently protect workers from pathogens, body fluids, human waste, mould & COVID-19."
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27 Nov
T minus 1 minute! There may be room left in this webinar - please join. #SiteC #bcpoli
..I'm going to semi-livetweet this #SiteC webinar. Chief Roland Willson of West Moberly First Nations @dunnezaman is speaking first. Site C will drown the last portion of valley on the Peace River - everything else has been submerged by previous dams... #bcpoli
@dunnezaman ..Treaty 8 promised would be "no forced interference" in hunting and fishing rights - Chief Willson is showing a map animation showing the sheer quantity of imposed dev't in their region. This is "forced interference" - and #SiteC is unnecessary interference...
Read 39 tweets
25 Nov
Lots of #SiteC intel coming in. As we learned earlier, there's a huge drill on site. Contractor Henry Drilling is boring holes 100' deep & 9' in diameter at the spillways & generating station. We wonder if it's a last ditch attempt to stop structure moving via "shear keys"..
But it raises the Q why work ever continued during the review of #SiteC by Peter Milburn (whose report should come out soon, tho we have no idea what its terms of reference are or if public will ever be able to see it in its entirety). Horgan did this with the BCUC review too.
.If the Milburn review is looking at whether #SiteC can be fixed at all, why is over $100m still being spent a month on the project? Is this a review in good faith? The fact Horgan didn't call for a tools down during the BCUC review either is causing many to feel deja vu. #bcpoli
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24 Nov
How BC feels right now
#currentmood #SiteC #CovidBC #bcpoli #cdnpoli
941 cases today
New cases vs # of new tests in the last day in 4 provinces:
BC: 941 cases, 11,037 tests
Alberta: 1,115 cases, 13,576 tests
Ontario: 1,009 cases, 27,053 tests
Quebec: 1,164 cases, (test # still n/a, but they do between 20-35K tests a day…
#COVID19BC #bcpoli
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30 Oct
"Suspect timing for latest update on problematic holes at #SiteC" - @VaughnPalmer

"Opinion: Sooner or later the public and ratepayers will discover what BC Hydro and the NDP have been hiding all these months"… #bcpoli
@VaughnPalmer ..This BCUC Q to BC Hydro is esp. interesting: "Discuss which geotechnical studies were used to inform the initial design of the powerhouse, spillway & dam core foundations.” Interesting that BCUC would go back that far - possibly as far back as 2010-11 design of L-shaped dam
@VaughnPalmer I'm chatting with my engineer pal right now and he's saying "No idea how BC Hydro can answer these q's. Anything they say will create more q's, & they will have to come up with design data & input values for all the parameters used in the calculations.." cont'd
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