For years, Arthur Hadland has been pushing for answers from BC Hydro and the BC Government in regards to the geotechnical concerns with the Site C dam in general, and the lack of bedrock specifically. He is not getting any response or even acknowledgement of his letters. Here is his latest letter which has not garnered a response to date:
May 18, 2018
Honourable Mike Farnworth
Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General
Room 128, Parliament Buildings Victoria, BC V8V 1X4
RE: BEDROCK AT SITE C
The extra billings for Site C on the backs of the ratepayers and taxpayers are mounting at an alarming rate. The amount of material being moved in the north-bank is in excess of any project estimates.
The engineers at Site C cannot find bedrock!
The shale (old mud) is NOT bedrock in anyone’s imagination! * Thorndike Bernhart. World Book Dictionary. Volume 2 L-Z. 1989. shale n. a fine-grained rock, formed from hardened clay or mud, that splits easily into thin layers. The quest for bedrock to secure the dam site is continuing. BC Hydro has now hired 3 Italian Experts to find real bedrock for the construction of the Site C dam. The instructions provided to them was to spare no expense in the quest for construction grade bedrock.
There have been 5 professional reports previously that described the instability of the River Valley. The most damming quote occurred on Pg. 9 Klohn Crippen Berger and SNC-Lavalin September 2009 Report
“..the uncertainties in predicting both the extent and rate of the shoreline impacts lead to the proposal to adopt an observational approach for periodically reviewing and updating the reservoir impact lines after the reservoir has been filled.”
If the employed Engineers were acting in a professional manner, they would have already provided the Province and your offices with written surety of dam stability and safety. To ignore this major safety flaw in the dam construction is the ultimate definition of willful blindness.