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Lidsville was a 70s cartoon; I may be too. BC politics. The largest project in BC's history, the Site C dam, is a climate bomb & greenwashes fracking/LNG. #BLM
13 Sep
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
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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
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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..
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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.
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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/…
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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.
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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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20 Mar
My trusty energy engineer source is back with some interesting comments on today's disturbing news of a federal bailout of the oil & gas industry. He has some ideas on what Canada should be doing instead: 1/x
#bcpoli #SiteC #LNGCanada #CoastalGasLink #Wetsuweten #ableg #cdnpoli
First, here is the news of Canada's federal bailout of the oil & gas sector in the midst of the #covid19 pandemic, instead of letting the industry sunset & retraining workers & incentivizing alternatives: 2/x theglobeandmail.com/politics/artic… #cdnpoli
Engineer: 'the Canadian oil & gas sector is on its knees. It cannot compete with big global producers, esp with its inferior oil product. Maybe time to use the bailout money to switch to hydrogen & keep people employed in a growing industry, not a dying one we can't compete in..'
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1 Mar
My former gas pipeline engineer pal is on a roll this morning: 'Now we know how much power it takes to make #LNG: it's equivalent to fueling a large coal plant in Alberta, & does absolutely nothing other than basically throw all that CO2 in the air just to put methane in a boat.'
"Considering all the costs, delays, fighting for a right of way, environmental damage, wouldn't it have been simpler and more effective to just sell the fracked gas to Alberta, and build a pipeline to convert even 1 coal plant there to natural gas?" Not to mention cleaner..
"This would save the country and the planet from burning more CO2 than this whole LNG project does, as it ships what's left all the way to Asia. Right now, for example, 4 coal plants are running in that power range [LNG Canada takes 420 MW to refrigerate methane into LNG]."
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26 Feb
ICYMI, there's a hidden driver behind the fracking of gas in NE BC & the associated #CoastalGasLink pipeline being pushed through #Wetsuweten territory. It's condensate, a fracking by-product, & the Alberta tar sands need it for diluting bitumen: thenarwhal.ca/the-resource-b… #bcpoli
In that 2018 article on condensate by @BenParfittCCPA in @thenarwhalca, Parfitt points out that mainstream media doesn't cover the key issue of condensate. That's still as true today in 2020 as it was in 2018.
2/x
@BenParfittCCPA @thenarwhalca In a thread a month ago I tried to quickly show the intimate link between BC fracking, #CoastalGasLink, #SiteC, #LNGCanada and the #TMX pipeline, but this time I'll focus more on the condensate. #bpcoli #LNGCanada #Wetsuweten #cdnpoli
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31 Jan
This thread is for geology nerds. It's from a note I rec'd from a concerned civil engineer friend on the odd, unique shale in the Peace River Valley near #SiteC. Not the only engineer who doubts proper testing of this unusual shale was done before the dam proceeded. #bcpoli 1/x
An expert in this shale, Prof Hardy of U of A, has "warned about rebound (expansion) cracks in this shale from the weight of the ice-age glaciers being removed. Rebound is typical of all glacial deposits across the prairies, like a foam pillow expanding when weight is removed.."
.."But in contrast to the Peace River (clay) Shale, most clays show some cohesion & stick together when they rebound. The microscopic clay particles that make up Peace River shale do not stick together at all (cohesionless)... #SiteC
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24 Jan
Msg from a pal who's an expert in oil & gas just now:

"The companies causing all the damage in BC [fracking] are almost all from Alberta or foreign. The reason to dump AB teacher's pensions into #CoastalGaslink can be summed up in 4 ways: #TMX, #KXL, Line 3 & condensate....
"... #CoastalGasLink is basically a waste product dump, to get rid of natural gas since flaring is not allowed here anymore, or else why would a BC project be so worth it to Alberta that teacher's pensions would be confiscated and put at risk?" #bcpoli #ableg #abpoli #Wetsuweten
(Condensate is a byproduct of BC fracking.) "KXL (Keystone pipeline) needs condensate to dilute bitumen. AB is short of condensate. Condensate produced in BC also produces large volumes of natural gas as a byproduct, & must be removed without flaring it off like they do in Texas"
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9 Jan
BREAKING: One of BC's major dams, the Peace Canyon dam upstream of #SiteC, was compromised by fracking quakes but the info was not made public. More stories to follow - here's the initial release in CCPA's Policy Note by journalist @BenParfittCCPA. Stay tuned for more. #bcpoli
There are so many things to say about this story, it's hard to know where to start. The first is obv. the endangerment of public safety via fracking quakes near Peace Canyon dam. If a dam fails, whole towns can be wiped out. BC Hydro & BC govt never made the info public. #bcpoli
BC Hydro's head Construction Manager for the Peace Region dam system, Dave Unger, repeatedly tried to bring these events at Peace Canyon dam to the attention of BC Hydro. Problem: The BC Oil & Gas Commission that 'regulates' fracking & BC Hydro come under the same Energy ministry
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8 Nov 19
This dam conference on hydro-impacted communities starts today! It's actually named "Ki Ta Ski Naw" or 'rise up' in Cree. For those interested in following along, I think hashtags will be #hydroimpacted #hydrojustice & I'll also try to use #SiteC #bcpoli hydroimpacted.ca/conference-age…
Looking forward to the first panel which will be moderated by BC journalist @sarahcox_bc. Opening welcome now. Starting to regain feeling in my face from the walk here, hi Winnipeg!
We're in Treaty 1 territory for the #hydroimpacted conference. Welcome by local elder Dave Scott in Cree language. Speaking now about the treaty relationship, its history, the 'doctine of discovery', Trudeau's White Paper & ongoing devolution process.. cc #SiteC #treaty8
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3 Oct 19
Here's a quick & dirty review of the situation in BC's forests - environmentally, job-wise, etc. Forestry issues used to receive a lot of attention in BC, but oddly they have fallen off the radar & that's suspiciously convenient for multinational timber corps & govts too. #bcpoli
A great letter to the editor from Jim Cooperman was read out on CBC this morning. Jim, who once worked in the forest industry, was a key provincial forest activist with the BC Environ'l Network during the 1990s War in the Woods era & now works on forest issues in the Shuswap..
..."As a long-time forest activist who once worked in the forest industry, my message to the province re: the closure of sawmills & loss of jobs is “we told you so.” For years we have been repeating the same message: that the province’s forests are being overcut ...
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19 Sep 19
We've got new aerial photos of #SiteC. They're hard for non-experts to read, so here's what to look for. Photos of the north bank continue to illustrate the porous nature of the sprayed-on shotcrete as the orange water stains show - water is coming through everywhere. 1/x #bcpoli
To review: why is water a problem at #SiteC? Because there's no bedrock. Dam is being built on a very unusual type of shale mud that seems hard as rock when dry, but when exposed to water becomes something else entirely, swells and becomes a loose gumbo with no shear strength...
Here's a closeup of the area that will be right under the dam, where it will cross the river & intersect this north riverbank. This dam core area is being excavated & will be filled with fill. It's very wet & shows signs of moisture entering from the gravel seam up the bank.
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7 Sep 19
What if the nativist/white nationalist op-ed that appeared in @VancouverSun & @theprovince today is no oversight, as claimed, but consistent with @postmedianet's recent explicit turn to the right? Regardless of how it happened, let's look at @postmedianet context. 1/x #bcpoli
@VancouverSun @theprovince @postmedianet It happened in August when many were away but Postmedia, the NY hedge-fund owned conservative owner of the Sun, Province & a majority of major Canadian papers, recently made an explicit turn further to the right canadalandshow.com/the-conservati… and nationalobserver.com/2019/08/27/opi… #cdnpoli #bcpoli
@VancouverSun @theprovince @postmedianet Right-wing media & Big Money interests have always used racism to advance their agenda but I'd argue that Postmedia's agenda specifically relates to a strategy to push resource extraction, & there's plenty of evidence of this, even beyond its contract with CAPP @OilGasCanada 3/x
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21 Jul 19
Highly irregular accounting practices at BC Hydro continue. Meanwhile in a further irregularity, BC Auditor-General Carol Bellringer has just removed a "qualification" that denotes that Hydro's financial reports don't adhere to standard accounting practice. THREAD. #bcpoli #SiteC
Aud-Gen Bellringer has just removed this "qualification" or warning from BC Hydro's 2018/19 financials, based on a promise from NDP Govt to return BC Hydro to proper accounting practices & BCUC oversight in 2021. Why? And where is media on this? bcpoli
I may have missed media reports on these latest wild west BC Hydro/BC govt shenanigans, but Google only returns 1 media hit on this, in Indo-Canadian Voice:
voiceonline.com/b-c-government…

Meanwhile, this a.m. in back channels there's a flood of outrage amongst financial experts #bcpoli
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11 Feb 19
We need a forensic audit of #SNCLavalin's activities in BC. SNC has its tentacles deep into many BC crown corps, esp BC Hydro. Value of its Hydro contracts in last 15 yrs? What role did it play in the political decision to proceed w #SiteC? SNC Chair then was Gwyn Morgan! #bcpoli
Recall that Gwyn Morgan, the far-right former head of LNG gas giant Encana before becoming SNC Lavalin board chair, was tight w Gordon Campbell & Harper. Morgan became Christy Clark's chief advisor when Campbell stepped down in 2011 & Christy took over as premier. #bcpoli #sitec
There has never been a smoking gun, but many respected #bcpoli and #SiteC watchers have long questioned if there was lobbying from #SNCLavalin to resuscitate the oft-rejected Site C dam. #SNCLavalin was named as "prime consultant" to Site C in 2010. Timing is interesting...3/x
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4 Sep 18
Today the First Nations challenge to #SiteC in BC Supreme Court resumes, asking for an injunction to stop work on the dam until the rest of the Treaty 8 infringement case is decided in court. A critical case for BC. Follow the #SiteC & #SiteCInjunction hashtags this week! #bcpoli
Heading over to 800 Smithe now for 9:45 entry. All are welcome to be in the courtroom - please join us. Latecomers not admitted; proceedings start 10 am sharp. #bcpoli
This final week of the #SiteCinjunction hearing involves lawyers from the Province of BC (we have already heard from @sage_legal on behalf of West Moberly & Prophet River FNs, and BC Hydro's lawyers. #bcpoli #SiteC
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2 May 18
Remember how people were warning about the housing crisis in 2011 & everyone mostly ignored it? I guess it's the default of people, & media, to assume that anyone issuing warnings is exaggerating & advancing some agenda of their own. Well, it's happening again with #SiteC #bcpoli
So this is not just a challenge to media, but an offer - in 5 years, you could be the one who can credibly say 'I warned you'. The cost of this unnecessary project will exceed $20 billion. #SiteC is geotechnically unstable & its treaty violation will bring consequences. #bcpoli
The #SiteC dam is not a done deal & BCers have undone many deals before. Whatever else you may hear, they're trying to build it on some of the most unstable ground in BC & it's creating havoc on site. The other 2 dams on the Peace River are in the Rockies; Site C is on sludge.
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