BC Hydro commits to protecting wildlife during Site C construction

As reported earlier, the Supreme Court rejected West Moberly First Nations and Prophet River First Nation’s application to stop construction on the Site C dam, pending the outcome of a judicial review of the construction permits.

“We went to court to protect our old growth trees, eagle nests, beaver dams and our traditional way of life”, West Moberly First Nations’ Chief Roland Wilson said. “As a result, BC Hydro will not be destroying the forests or removing eagle nests and beaver dams in the Moberly River valley. We asked for those areas to be protected.”

BC Hydro assured that it would not act on any of the permits in the Moberly River valley, given the First Nations’ concern around the old growth areas.

Prophet River Chief Lynette Tsakoza says she believes BC Hydro’s commitment to hold off on construction until the outcome of the court case means they acknowledge the significance of the region. “We are looking forward to having our day in court to address the legality of the construction permits – an issue that the Court today acknowledged is a ‘serious issue’ to be heard.”

The First Nations maintain that consultation on the permits was inadequate – an issue to be fully argued at the hearing of the judicial review later this fall in November.

Chief Roland Wilson could not be reached for further comment, an update will be issued as soon as we can contact him.