BC Hydro takes Vancouver protestors to court

The Vancouver Hunger Strikers. Photo from the 'Hunger Strike for the Peace River Valley - STOP SITE C.' Facebook page

VANCOUVER, B.C. – BC Hydro is going to court in a bid to evict opponents of a hydroelectric dam project camped outside their downtown Vancouver office.

The utility company says in a statement that it has filed an application for an injunction, asking the B.C. Supreme Court to prevent overnight camping.

Protesters opposed to the company’s $8.8 billion Site C dam project have been camped outside the office 24 hours a day since March 13.

The statement says BC Hydro informed campers earlier this month that they did not have permission to be on the property overnight and told them they could express their opinions in a designated area during the day.

The company says campers were asked to remove their tents, tarps, wood structures and latrine, but have not complied.

Last month, a B.C. Supreme Court judge granted BC Hydro an injunction to remove protestors from a tent camp near Fort St. John, B.C., at the Site C dam construction site.