Site C Dam: Fort St. John businessman isn’t buying economic promises
Longtime Fort St. John businessman Bob Fedderly isn’t buying the economic benefits touted for the proposed Site C Dam.
The owner of Fedderly Transportation sat down with The Common Sense Canadian’s Damien Gillis at his office in Fort St. John last month to discuss the project, which would be located near Fort St. John, with an 80km reservoir stretching west to the town of Hudson’s Hope.
Among Fedderly’s biggest concerns are the boom-and-bust effects of project construction on his community, the impact it would have on already skyrocketing power bills for his business, and the waste of tax dollars on the $8 Billion dam. On the latter point, having surveyed the Liberal Government’s record of massive overruns on virtually ever other major capital project it has managed, Fedderly sees the cost of the project escalating dramatically from the figure the public is being told.
The trucking company owner’s comments echo those of Hudson’s Hope Mayor Gwen Johansson, who’s community raised some tough questions about the project this week.
“Before spending $7.9 billion of taxpayers money on the proposed Site C dam and increasing the already enormous $62 billion provincial debt, the provincial government needs to do its homework to see if there are less costly alternatives”, said Johansson.
The Association of Major Power Customers of BC, which represents mills, mines and other large power users, has also been highly critical of the business case for Site C. “All we know is the original load forecasts are going to be wrong,” Executive Director Richard Stout said recently.
His members are worried that Site will lead to further power bill increases that could put their mills and mines out of business.