Opponents of a plan to ship jet fuel by super tanker through Metro Vancouver waterways are heading back to court on Friday, but this time, they’re playing defence.
The environmental group VAPOR lost a court battle back in June to nullify the environmental assessment certificate for a proposal use the tankers to resupply YVR.
Now, they’re hoping not to have to pay court costs for the Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation.
Barbara Huisman with VAPOR says there was no grounds for the courts to overturn their challenge back in June.
“Although we were challenging them on that ground, that the environmental assessment was not adequate, there was no legislation that could compel them to do that.”
The province chose not to put VAPOR on the hook for its legal costs, but VAFFC has decided to go after the group for those costs.
Huisman says they don’t have the funds to cover VAFFC’s costs should Friday’s hearing not go in their favour.
“We would basically have to go back to fundraising though, and we’ve tapped our resources so often, it would really be a shame.”
The environmental group was feeling hopeful after October’s federal election that saw the Liberals form government and scheduled meetings with local MP’s who they believe are more sympathetic to their cause.