Site C Wins 3 Court Battles
Site C rendering – courtesy BC Hydro
Prince George, B.C. – Three actions launched against the Site C dam project have been dismissed.
The BC Supreme Court has dismissed the request for an injunction that would have stopped work on the south bank of the Peace River. That case was filed by two Treaty 8 First Nations, namely the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations.
The Federal Court also dismissed two applications. One was from the Peace Valley Landowners Association which called for a judicial review of the environmental assessment certificate, the other was an application filed by the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations which also called for a judicial review of the environmental assessment certificate.
BC Hydro’s Site C spokesperson, Dave Conway says BC Hydro is pleased with the court decisions, “We believe Site C is the right project at the right time.” B.C. Hydro will not be making any further comment at this time, as there is still a matter to be heard by the BC Supreme Court on the issuance of the Provincial permits for the construction of the dam. That application has also been filed by the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations.
Work has already started at the site, with the focus on the north bank of the Peace River on BC Hydro owned lands. There has been some work on the south bank to clear an area for resource materials and create access roads.
The latest construction updates on the project can be accessed here.
The project has an estimated cost of $9 billion dollars, it is expected to be completed in 2024.