FORT ST. JOHN – Clearing and debris management is underway in various Site C project areas. Merchantable trees of sufficient size, quality and volume to make them suitable for harvest and transport will be hauled to local mills. The remaining wood waste and non-merchantable trees may be chipped, mulched, spread as coarse woody debris or burned on site.
Contractors can only burn during weather periods known as venting windows. These are periods where there are appropriate weather conditions for the disbursement of smoke, as established by the Ministry of Environment.
Burning is expected to start in the following areas in early October, and will take place over several months this fall and winter when appropriate venting windows are available:
- Parts of the lower reservoir area on the north and south banks of the Peace River, directly west of the dam site, and in the Moberly River drainage area.
- Sections of the 75-kilometre transmission line right-of-way between the Site C dam site and the Peace Canyon Dam.
- Portage Mountain and West Pine quarries.
BC Hydro's contractors will plan and monitor burning carefully, including the timing, size and location of the wood piles, and the smoke being emitted. The contractor will be compliant with regulatory requirements and burning will be done in accordance with BC Hydro's Smoke Management Plan.
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