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DAWSON CREEK, B.C – A hazard assessment being conducted by Tetra Tech for the community of Old Fort has been put on hold due to a lawsuit.

The Peace River Regional District’s legal counsel suggested the pause while they review and respond to the lawsuit issued by Old Fort residents.

Following the landslides that affected the community in 2018 and 2020, the PRRD hired Tetra Tech to conduct a comprehensive report to identify and characterize any hazards and risks from nearby steep slopes and guide future development approvals.

The engineering service was to release the report in the first quarter of 2021 until Old Fort residents sued the district, the Province of BC, the City of Fort St. John, Deasan Holdings Ltd. (owners of the Blair Pit aggregate mine) and BC Hydro.

In a statement released on January 19th announcing the lawsuit, the community claims their property values have evaporated following the landslides.

The PRRD does not have a set date that the report will be released and says it won’t comment further on the situation at this time.



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