BC Hydro Cited for Poor Site Management, Lack of Monitoring
BC Hydro has been cited for a slew of non-compliance problems related to ongoing construction of two major transmission lines, according to freedom of information documents obtained by The Vancouver Sun. The documents identify a lack of sediment controls, potential for the spread of invasive plant species, smouldering burn piles during a fire prohibition, a stop-work order to prevent stream damage, lack of environmental monitoring and oversight, and both heavy equipment and felled trees found in creeks.
The problems are connected to the 344-kilometre Northwest Transmission Line being built from Terrace to Bob Quinn Lake and the 247-kilometre Interior to Lower Mainland Transmission Line from Merritt to Coquitlam. The projects are due for completion this spring and 2015, respectively.