Resource Policy Analyst Ben Parfitt sent this letter to BC’s Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) in response to Progress Energy’s extraordinary request to retroactively exempt the Lily and Town dams from environmental reviews. Such reviews should have been conducted before the dams were built. Not only did those reviews not happen, but the company also failed to obtain other authorizations that it should have well before the dams were built. The Town dam was built in 2012. The Lily dam in 2014. Five years after the fact in one case and three years after the fact in the other, the company is asking the province to essentially say don’t worry, all is forgiven.
Submission to BC's Environmental Assessment Office
October 2, 2017