‘It’s not right’ residents left with safety issues after 2018 landslide near Site C dam

‘It’s not right’ residents left with safety issues after 2018 landslide near Site C dam

Greater than a 12 months after having a Peace Valley landslide forced the evacuation of Old Fort residents, with six homes nevertheless under an evacuation order or crisis alert, the local region and B.C. government are wrangling over who’s responsible for determining if the community of 200 is safe.

“This uncertainty has effects on the community that is whole there,” Brad Sperling, chair of this Peace River Regional District, told The Narwhal.

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“But even more so, the three [property owners] which can be on alert, they’re living day to day being ready to escape. It’s not appropriate and it’s perhaps not fair.”

The fall, within an area underlaid by numerous gas leases and near one entry towards the Site C dam worksite, had been classified being a “dangerous occurrence” under B.C.’s health, security and reclamation code.

That triggered a geotechnical evaluation to identify “the cause and contributing facets” of the slide, based on a briefing note for Peter Robb, mining and energy assistant deputy minister, that has been contained in the response to a Freedom of Information request created by The Narwhal.

A screenshot of a briefing note prepared for Peter Robb, assistant deputy minister of B.C.’s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. The briefing note ended up being acquired by The Narwhal via a Freedom of Information demand. Continue reading “‘It’s not right’ residents left with safety issues after 2018 landslide near Site C dam”