Rally Against Private Power Development
Not Public, Not Green, Not Wanted
On March 11, TAKE BACK THE POWER!
British Columbians must stand up for our public utility and our wilderness areas. These private power projects threaten both the integrity of BC Hydro as well as wildlife and fish habitat. Take a stand on Tuesday, March 11 at the BC Power Summit and let the private power companies and the provincial government know that BC wants clean, public, and responsible energy – for generations.
What: Rally Against the BC Government’s Development of Private Power
When: Tuesday March 11
Time: Meet: 12:30 PM
Rally: 1:00 PM
Where: Meet: SFU Harbour Centre, corner of Hastings and Richards (12:30)
Rally: 1:00 PM at the SFU Wosk Centre, on Seymour Street between Hastings and Pender.
In 2002 the BC Government announced a new Energy Plan that forbade BC Hydro from investing in new sources of hydroelectricity. The provincial government turned to private power providers, creating a gold rush race, with private interests snapping up water licenses on wild streams and rivers throughout BC. Over 60 water licenses have been granted to private hydro projects in the last 7 years, and there are 433 more applications pending.
These power developments are NOT small hydro – many are massive megaprojects with serious environmental impacts, including transmission lines through provincial parks and old growth forests, as well as irreparable damage to wildlife and fish habitat.
The government calls this green power. It isn’t. Let’s send the BC government a strong message and stop the giveaway of our resources.
Organized by the Canadian office and Professional Employees Union Local 378, Western Canadian Wilderness Committee, the Council of Canadians, West Kootenay EcoSociety, and BC Citizens for Public Power.
Contact: Take Back the Power at <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com