Peace Valley Landowner Association
SS#2, Site 12, Comp 19
Fort St. John, BC V1J 4M7
(250) 262-3205 or (250) 262-9014
For Immediate Release March 3, 2015
Peace Valley Landowner Association welcomes residential ratepayer
interventions in Site C legal challenges
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Several groups representing the interests of low and fixed income residential ratepayers have filed a motion in Federal Court to intervene in support of the Peace Valley Landowner Association (PVLA) challenge to the federal approval of the Site C Dam Project. They have also stated that they will be seeking intervenor status in the PVLA challenge against the provincial approval of the Site C Dam Project in BC Supreme Court.
The ratepayer groups are represented by the BC Public Interest Advocacy Center (BCPIAC), and represent citizens who are particularly vulnerable to volatile hydro rates and rate increases. They are: Active Support Against Poverty, British Columbia Old Age Pensioners’ Organization, Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of BC, Disability Alliance BC and Together Against Poverty Society.
In their motion to intervene, the ratepayers note that they appear frequently before the BC Utilities Commission regarding proposed utility infrastructure projects. They point out that, because utility rates are set so as to provide a reasonable prospect of return on investment, there can be
an incentive for utilities to over-invest, to the detriment of customers. The ratepayers say that BC Utilities Commission over-sight acts as a check on utility over-investment and unnecessary bill impacts.
The PVLA legal challenges seek to quash the federal and provincial approvals of the Site C Dam Project on the basis that the only independent review of the Project to date, by the federal/provincial Joint Review Panel, concluded that fundamental questions of cost, need and alternatives to the Project are not settled, and require further independent and public review by the BC Utilities Commission, before the Project is built. However federal and provincial approval of the Project was given without any such regulatory oversight.
PVLA president Ken Boon notes: