FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro has filed an application for an injunction, asking the B.C. Supreme Court to prevent overnight camping and to evict opponents of the Peace River hydroelectric dam project camped outside its downtown Vancouver office.
The protesters have been camped outside the office 24 hours a day since March 13. Hydro claims they’re trespassing and present a health and safety risk.
The statement says Hydro informed campers that they did not have permission to be on the property overnight on April 7, telling them they could express their opinions in a designated area during the day.
The company adds they were asked to remove their tents, tarps, wood structures and latrine, but have not complied.
Among the defendants named in the legal action is Kristin Henry, the protester who recently had to be hospitalized following a three-week hunger strike.
A fellow protester, identified only as ‘Kenta’, says the developments in her case resulted in a change in Hydro’s demonstration position, as it was initially saying it was okay to protest.
Other news media interviewed protesters, who have denied accusations in the application they’ve been harassing and intimidating Hydro workers.
But according to the Company’s notice of application, the protesters have damaged the property, intimidated employees, relieved themselves at the site, and used open flames near their tents, creating the potential for a fire.
The encampment at the Utility’s head office began last month, shortly after a B.C. Supreme Court judge granted Hydro an injunction to remove protesters from the local area tent camp at the Site C construction site.