On December 16, 2014, BC Premier Christy Clark announced the province’s intention to proceed with Site C despite fierce opposition to the project by the public, First Nations, conservation groups and numerous other organizations.
Additionally, the Premier announced a significant increase in the cost of the project, from $7.9 to $8.8 billion and a delay in the start of construction from January 15, 2015 to ‘Summer’ 2015.
By December 20th, 2014, 6 court challenges had been launched against the dam.
The court cases are about holding the federal and provincial governments accountable for the decision making processes that they designed and didn’t follow. They’re also about protecting treaty rights, which have already been seriously eroded due to extensive resource development in northeastern BC.