A pair of local area First Nations is pushing forward what it sees as the upside of a Provincial Court decision not to force B-C Hydro to stop some of the Site-C dam construction work.
The West Moberly and Prophet River Chiefs argue because they asked the court for protection, the utility will not destroy old-growth forest or remove eagles nests in recognition of the unique ecological significance of the Peace River Valley.
However, Hydro was the clear winner in this ruling, announced at the end of last week, along with another one in which a Federal Court Judge dismissed the application of the Peace Valley Landowners Association for a judicial review of the project.
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“We’re pleased with the decisions,” said Dave Conway of BC Hydro We believe Site C is the right project at the right time for B.C. and we look forward to continuing with construction work. ”
PVLA President Ken Boone was disappointed but determined to move forward with his claim shared by several other project critics, that Site-C needs to be reviewed by both the BC Utilities Commission and the Agricultural Land Commission.
“So far it’s not working too good but we still have some irons in the fire on our legal challenges with our appeal on the BC Supreme Court one. That still doesn’t change the fact that this is a horrible project. We’re seeing that with all the different levels of government, and different groups and organizations and experts coming out and saying we need a delay on this project to get it reviewed properly. That hasn’t changed at all. We’re moving forward and fighting this in every way we can.”
It’s also noted that in his 31 page ruling Judge Michael Manson found that each party involved should bear its own court costs.