A group of landowners from the Peace Valley are in court to argue that the environmental assessment certificate for the $8.8-billion Site C dam should be quashed.
Lawyer Maegen Giltrow says the province didn’t consider all the recommendations from the Site C joint review panel, so it was not possible to come to a reasonable decision on giving the project an environmental thumbs-up.
She tells the court this decision doesn’t just affect the Peace Valley residents whose land will be flooded, but that protecting the integrity of decision-making on projects of this scale is important for everyone.
The $8.8 mega-dam is set to start being built this summer.
Ken Boon, president of the Peace Valley Landowners Association, says he and others could lose everything if the project goes ahead.
“We farm and we run a camp ground and we run a log home business and it will all be flooded out by the dam.”
He says he’s optimistic.
“There are six legal challenges with the potential for six appeals. What are the odds that the government is going to win them all?”
Boon says with construction scheduled to start as early as this summer, it is likely they will be back in court seeking an injunction before the decision on today’s case comes down.