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Government approves some Site C construction

The projected BC Hydro Site C Dam is pictured in an artist's rendering. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Hydro.
The projected BC Hydro Site C Dam is pictured in an artist's rendering. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Hydro. The Canadian Press

FORT ST. JOHN – The British Columbia government has given the green light for some construction to start on the massive Site C hydroelectric dam project on the Peace River.

Two dozen authorizations have been given with conditions under the land, water, forest and wildlife acts.

The government says each application for the construction phase was reviewed for its potential impacts on the environment and on First Nations treaty rights.

A government news release states consultations with the local Treaty 8 First Nation began in August last year and concluded last month.

The almost $9-billion project will generate about 10,000 jobs during construction while it floods 55 square kilometres of river valley.

Site C represents an eight per cent increase to Hydro’s energy supply and will generate enough electricity to power about 450,000 homes per year.

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