Target: Charles Reid, CEO of BC Hydro
Goal: Cease building plans of a massive dam in British Columbia, Canada
Plans to build an expansive and destructive dam in the Peace River Valley of British Columbia, Canada, are in the works. The Site C Dam has entered its first stages of development; meanwhile, environmental groups are hard at work attempting to stop the construction of the dam. If construction of the Site C Dam is allowed, countless ecosystems will be negatively impacted and the Peace River Valley will be changed forever. The proposed negative outcomes of construction outweigh the good; the Site C Dam development must be stopped.
The Site C Dam, if approved, would reach sixty meters high and flood over 100 km of river valley. The Peace River Valley is an incredible piece of land; home to old growth boreal forests and a critical wildlife corridor for migration from the Yukon to Yellowstone, this construction would jeopardize the tranquility of the land. The dam would drown a massive land area and create dangerous landslides due to erosion.
BC Hydro, the company initiating development, is arguing that the dam will provide necessary energy, though the proposed amount of energy would be exported to places like California. This dam is clearly about profit; BC Hydro said that current energy demands could be met through conservation, in which case construction of the dam is not necessary. Site C Dam would be the third dam for BC Hydro in British Columbia; this addition will allow for the oil, gas and mining industry to flourish when we should be focusing our sights on the future and sustainable living.
BC Hydro has said that if its proposed dam will damage the environment it will not continue development. Tell BC Hydro that the Site C Dam would irreparably damage the surrounding area, and its construction should never happen.
Dear Charles Reid,
I am writing to contest the development of Site C Dam in Northeast British Columbia. Were construction allowed to happen in the Peace River Valley irreparable damage would ensue to the ecosystems of the area. The valley contains one of the largest wildlife corridors on the planet; stretching from the Yukon to Yellowstone National Forest, the migration corridor is crucial to species survival. The dam would drown a massive land area, undoubtedly affecting millions of species in the name of unneeded energy production.
Your company, BC Hydro, has said that energy needs would be met if all individuals were conservative about energy use, without the construction of the Site C Dam. This statement shows that the dam’s construction would provide aid to the oil, gas and mining industry, not to the people or countless species of the Peace River Valley.
Mr. Reid, I urge you to cease development of the Site C Dam; its construction will be more detrimental than beneficial.
[Your Name Here]
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