Breaching the Peace

The Site C Dam and a Valley's Stand against Big Hydro

Sarah Cox
Foreword by Alex Neve

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  • Published: June 2018
  • Subject Listing: Environmental Studies; Politics
  • Bibliographic information: 232 pp., 16 illus., 1 map, 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
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Breaching the Peace tells the story of the ordinary citizens who stood up to the most expensive megaproject in BC history and the government-sanctioned bullying that propelled it forward. Starting in 2013, journalist Sarah Cox travelled to the Peace River Valley to talk to locals about the Site C dam and BC Hydro's claim that the clean energy project was urgently needed. She discovered farmers, First Nations, and scientists caught up in a modern-day David and Goliath battle to save the valley, their farms, and traditional lands from wholesale destruction. Told in frank and moving prose, their stories stand as a much-needed cautionary tale at a time when concerns about global warming have helped justify a renaissance of environmentally irresponsible hydro megaprojects around the world.
Sarah Katharine Cox is an award-winning journalist who writes about energy and the environment. She lives in Victoria, BC.

"This comprehensive overview is a valuable primer with wide appeal to readers interested in renewable energy, climate change, and the ever-shifting strategies of energy corporations."
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