How far would you go to get your point across?
For one long-time Peace River politician, the answer was jail.
Former Regional District Area C director Arthur Hadland says he wanted to get arrested at the Site C protests in Northeastern BC.
“I undertook to take some action that I thought was necessary to bring this to the attention to the rest of the people of BC.”
Hadland claims BC Hydro is in massive debt, and hasn’t proven the need for Site C which he says is neither green nor clean.
That’s why he participated in a civil act of disobedience, arrested and charged with mischief at the Site C entrance gate.
“The key thing that I wanted to do was bring some attention to the destruction and the folly, this will be BC’s environmental and economic disaster of this century. There is no doubt in my mind.”
The arrest came as weeks of protest culminated in a demonstration at the entrance to the project.
Fort St. John RCMP say they were called twice to the site for reports of protesters blocking the road to the project, and arrested three people after warning them to move or face legal consequences.
BC Hydro is is now weighing its options as a small but defiant group refuses to let the issue drop.
Spokesperson Dave Conway says the crown corporation won’t rule out an injunction.
“We’re presently evaluating all options and we will continue to monitor the situation.”
But opponent Ken Boon, manning an encampment at the Rocky Mountain Fort on the south bank, says they won’t go quietly.
“This is a pretty major event here and we are not going to go away.”
BC Hydro hopes to have site preparation complete by the end of March so construction an begin on the $9-billion dam.
The province says the project, which will flood thousands of hectares of farmland, will generate enough electricity to power about 450,000 homes per year.