B.C. court rules against Site C dam protesters, says campers can be removed
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By The Canadian Press, February 29, 2016
VANCOUVER – A judge has granted BC Hydro an injunction to remove people protesting the Site C dam project at a tent camp near Fort St. John.
The ruling means demonstrators have no right to obstruct the hydroelectric project, which has regulatory approval from both the federal and provincial governments.
The utility argued last week that the actions of a group of Peace Valley farmers and First Nations were illegal and could cost millions of dollars.
BC Hydro lawyers told court the protesters set up camp in late December and have prevented workers from clearing the area for construction, even building camp fires near tree-felling and excavation operations.
Yvonne Tupper of the Saulteau First Nations said outside court that BC Hydro is violating Treaty 8 Tribal Association’s rights and that the project should be put on hold while legal challenges make their way through the courts.
BC Hydro granted injunction against Site C protesters
Site C protesters set up camp in December preventing workers from clearing land slated for dam construction
CBC News, Feb 29, 2016
The B.C. Supreme Court has granted BC Hydro an injunction to remove protesters from its Site C dam project near Fort St. John, B.C..
Hydro argued in court last week that the actions of a group of Peace Valley farmers and local First Nations are illegal and were costing the utility company millions of dollars in delays.
Protestors set up the camp in December preventing worker from accessing an area that was to be cleared for construction.
But a defendant in the court case says he and fellow protesters simply wanted their voices heard, and they didn’t intend to break any laws.
“We are all law-abiding citizens who have strong feelings and frustration that here hasn’t been any true forum where we can make our case,” said Ken Boon, one of the defendants named in the injunction application.
Boon said the protest started from the frustration some people felt about the government’s lack of action on the project’s environmental impact.
Opponents have argued that the nearly $9 billion dam will have a devastating impact on the area because it will flood agricultural land, First Nations archeological sites, and hunting and fishing areas.