West Moberly First Nation chief, Roland Willson told the Vancouver Sun that if the federal government approves the project, the delegation won’t hesitate to take the decision to the Supreme Court.
The provincial and federal government is expected to make an announcement on their decision by October 22, at which point, one of three outcomes will become the end result; an environmental certificate for the project is issued, the certificate is denied, or an order will be issued that further assessment is required.
The group is expecting the federal government will find themselves in opposition of the project, as the federal/provincial joint review panel has already determined that the dam is likely to cause adverse effects on the land and subsequently fishing opportunities and other First Nation practices. It also found that B.C. Hydro has not fully demonstrated the need for the project on the timetable set forth.
Victoria has argued that both the region’s growing population and the gas/mining industries are in serious need for this type of relatively clean hydroelectric energy.
The proposed dam and 1,100-megawatt hydroelectric generating station is slated for the Peace River, which if constructed, is reported to result in 86 kilometers of flooding and the destruction of farmland and wildlife habitat.
While many chiefs hold strong opposition to the project, they’ve also gone on record to say they’re interested in contributing to other smaller projects, including wind, solar and geothermal power.
The delegation has yet to meet with the cabinet ministers they intended to, including Prime Minister Stephan Harper, but have managed to sit down with Prince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer and Senator Yonah Martin.
They have however met with many opposition leaders, including NDP leader Tom Mulcair, Green leader Elizabeth May, Liberal MP Joyce Murray and several other senators.
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With files from the Vancouver Sun