Man arrested at Site C protest

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A protester of the Site C dam project spent a few hours in a Fort St. John RCMP jail cell today.

The protest on Old Fort road started at 9:30 AM this morning, and at 10 AM, BC Hydro’s Security called Fort St. John RCMP when protestor Mark Meiers was wielding a stick, and blocked vehicles from entering or exiting their work site.

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Police attended and arrested him to prevent breach of the peace; the arrest was done so without incident.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says nobody was injured, and no property damage was reported, and ‘no charges will be forthcoming against him regarding this incident.’

These protests are happening as the UN Climate Change Summit in Paris, and before his arrest, protester Mark Meiers said that was no coincidence.

“We need oxygen to breathe, we need the bush to take CO2 out of the atmosphere and create oxygen for us to breathe — and they’re destroying that. That’s our livelihood.” Meiers said.

BC Hydro’s removal of trees in the valley has been the cause of tireless scrutiny since construction started, most recently for the removal of trees with what appeared to be live Bald Eagle nests in them.

He claimed the the Peace Valley should instead be a national park, and suggests that facilities like the Burrard Generating Station should be used for power — especially for residents in Southern BC.

Dave Conway with BC Hydro wrote in an e-mailed statement, “BC Hydro respects the right of all individuals to express their opinions about the Site C project peacefully and in a lawful manner.”

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