B.C. Hydro maintains need for Site C, promises to work to mitigate effects

first_img“The decision to advance this project to this stage has not been made lightly. It has resulted from the careful consideration of the future electricity needs of our customers following many years of review and analysis,” she states. “Since B.C. Hydro’s last major facility was built, the province’s population has grown by more than 1.5 million people. Along with that population, B.C.’s economy has continued to expand, bringing more residences, businesses and industrial activity.” However, Yurkovich also acknowledged the areas where the project is expected to have “significant residual adverse effects”: fish and fish habitat, wildlife resources, vegetation and ecological communities, and current use of land and resources for traditional purposes. She admits that for some, the proposed mitigation measures will not satisfy their concerns. “We believe that the substantial work undertaken as part of this assessment demonstrates that the potential adverse effects of the project can largely be mitigated through careful planning, comprehensive mitigation programs, and ongoing monitoring during construction and operations,” she says. “If the Site C project proceeds, it is our intention to work hard to mitigate the effects of the project, and to deliver on our commitments to both First Nations and communities.” – Advertisement -At the same time, she argues there will be many benefits to rate payers, tax payers, local and Aboriginal communities.In the general presentation, Yurkovich made reference to comments made by former B.C. Lieutenant Governor George Pearkes when the W.A.C. Bennett Dam was first opened, noting that they could have easily have been made about this project. In the 1967 opening address, he argued that while everyone may have seen the benefit to the dam at that point, there were many who had concerns about the cost, and whether there would be enough market. Tim Howard, lawyer for the Peace Valley Environmental Association, questioned the relevance of the quote, arguing that Hydro has a far broader range of energy choices than it did forty years ago. Advertisement Yurkovich noted that the knowledge of the project was much higher in the Peace Region, but added that meetings were held in Vancouver in the early stages of consultation. The rest of the public hearing this afternoon at the Pomeroy Hotel is dedicated to looking at the need, purpose and alternatives, continuing through Tuesday. “Is it reasonable to say… that the era that that quote arose from, there are a broader array of choices available to B.C. Hydro today, in terms of evaluating flux load to meet future demand?” he asked. “The implication of the presentation was that what was good in 1967 would be good today.” Yurkovich responded that she’d only brought it up as a point of interest, but responded that Hydro does has a number of choices, and 20 per cent of its energy comes from Independent Power Producers, primarily wind and run-of-the-river hydroelectricity. In a response to a later question by PVEA’s Tony Atkins, she added that those sources can be intermittent and that Hydro must have the necessary capacity. Yurkovich also mentioned in her opening statement the recent poll that B.C. Hydro argued showed more than 80 per cent of residents would be comfortable with the project provided their views are taken into account, the project is approved by the independent review, and conservation efforts are made. Resident Marina Hoffman questioned the validity and credibility of the poll, asking whether the respondents were fully informed of the project and its potential impacts. “How many consultation meetings have you had in the south of British Columbia to make sure that people are well informed before you poll them?” she asked. Advertisementlast_img read more

Manchester City midfielder provides positive injury update

first_img1 Ilkay Gundogan has handed Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola a boost by claiming he should be fit by the early weeks of the coming Premier League season.The 25-year-old midfielder signed for the Citizens earlier in the summer, agreeing to move from Borussia Dortmund despite the fact he is currently injured.He suffered a dislocated knee cap in May which ruled him out of Euro 2016, and there were fears he would be out for the opening months of the new season.However, Gundogan has allayed such fears, claiming he should be fit by the ‘end of August or September’, which will keep him out for only a few weeks of the campaign.“I hope to be ready as soon as possible, I am looking forward,” the German international said.“It seems (like it will be the) end of August or September but it is always difficult to say. I am happy right now at the moment and just being positive.”Upon agreeing to take charge of City, Guardiola made it clear that he wanted Gundogan as a key player in his team, and the club went out to make him their first signing of the summer.Although the duo have yet to talk much in this early stage of pre-season, Gundogan revealed his new manager stated how important he will be in City’s midfield.“He told me that he needs a player like me as a central midfielder,” the former Dortmund star added.“We haven’t had the possibility to talk more. He comes now, we will think about it more then we will see.“I like to have the ball, to have the possession and to play passes, to create chances for my team-mates. I think that is what makes me strong. I hope those are things that we need here.” Ilkay Gundogan was Manchester City’s first signing of the summer last_img read more

A primer on relativity in Einstein’s own words

first_imgEinstein’s general theory of relativity turns 100 this year! Find out more in a special issue from Science.In its 2 January 1920 issue, Science published a short piece by Albert Einstein describing in plain language the 5-year-old general theory of relativity. Scientists around the world were reconnecting after the horrors of World War I, and general relativity had recently received stunning experimental confirmation when astronomers observed the sun’s gravity bending starlight during a solar eclipse. In his essay, republished from the London Times, Einstein thanked the English scientists who confirmed his theory, explained the basic ideas of special and general relativity, and proposed three tests of general relativity—all of which the theory has now passed. It was Einstein’s first publication in Science; many more would follow.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more