March 2, 2015

One of Canada's most toxic sites cleaned up
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March 2, 2015
BC Hydro's long history includes the former Victoria Gas and B.C. Electric companies, which once operated a coal gasification plant in Victoria at Rock Bay. For years, Rock Bay was home to some of the worst industrial contamination in Canada, but thanks to massive cleanup efforts, it's now being remediated, and in late February, a new mural was unveiled on the site. The Victoria Times-Colonist shares more about the history of Rock Bay and the First Nations mural visitors can now see. And we're working to replace power poles across the province – more than 12,000 poles this year alone. See our visual guide to how and why we replace these poles safely.
Toxic site in Victoria now the home of incredible mural, thanks to cleanup efforts

Toxic site in Victoria now the home of incredible mural, thanks to cleanup efforts

An 11-year cleanup job is coming to an end in Victoria, with 250,000 tonnes of contaminated soil hauled away and 88,000 tonnes of polluted sediments and foreshore to be removed from the seabed in Rock Bay. A team of youth artists from the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations created a mural that is bringing new life to this site.

Read more from the Times-Colonist
12,000 power poles to be replaced across B.C.

12,000 power poles to be replaced across B.C.

Wooden power poles are a critical part of how we deliver power, but when they get to be 40 years old, it's time to replace them. That's why we're replacing poles all over B.C., which can require outages to keep crews safe. Learn more about how and why we replace poles.
See the visual guide to replacing power poles
Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

BC Hydro crews have been installing new transmission lines near Merritt as part of the Merritt Area Transmission Project. The new line will stretch 35 kilometres between two substations, and help to meet the growing demand for electricity, including new hotels, residential subdivisions, and a resort south of the city in the Coquihalla corridor.
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