Court dismisses PVLA case against Site C

Site C is often protested by communities slated to be directly affected by the dam.

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has dismissed the Peace Valley Landowners Association case against Site C.

In a decision released Thursday, the judge says the PVLA did not show that the Ministers exceeded their jurisdiction or failed to act lawfully in issuing the certificates to build Site C.   According to the judge, “the decision of the Ministers was a reasonable one given the legal and factual framework within which it was made”.

The case presented by the PVLA is the first of six cases against the Site C project.  This is the first case to receive a decision.  The Treaty 8 court case in B.C. Supreme court was also heard at the end of April, but a decision has not yet been rendered.  Click here to read the full decision from The Honourable Mr. Justice Sewell.

Then both groups and two Alberta First Nations are set to appear in Federal Court later this month to argue against Ottawa’s approval of the project.

Construction of the $8.8 billion project could start as soon as the middle of July.