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BC Hydro chairperson tours Hart Dam project

Pictured inside the John Hart generating station from left are: Kyle Beck, Shift Electrician; Stephen Bellringer, BC Hydro Chair; Chris O’Riley, Executive Vice President, Generation; and Rob Gill, John Hart Maintenance and Operations Manager. - Photo: BC Hydro
Pictured inside the John Hart generating station from left are: Kyle Beck, Shift Electrician; Stephen Bellringer, BC Hydro Chair; Chris O’Riley, Executive Vice President, Generation; and Rob Gill, John Hart Maintenance and Operations Manager.
— image credit: Photo: BC Hydro

BC Hydro’s Chair of the Board, Stephen Bellringer, spent the day in Campbell River on Monday.

He toured the John Hart facilities and met with local BC Hydro staff, and then informally met with First Nations, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the City of Campbell River.

“It was Mr. Bellringer’s first tour of the site and speaks to the importance of the John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project to BC Hydro’s Board,” says BC Hydro spokesperson, Stephen Watson.

“The day worked out very well in seeing the generating station, pipelines and dam, and then having a few community meetings to help develop further perspectives.

“John Hart and Site C are BC Hydro’s largest capital projects and it’s great that he came to Campbell River to obtain a greater appreciation for the John Hart project.

“This project is not about increasing energy output, although it will increase by just over seven per cent, it’s all about increasing the seismic withstand, providing reliable power to Vancouver Island customers for another 60 plus years, and protecting fish habitat.”

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