The West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations of Treaty 8 continue their fight against construction of the Site C dam. They are attempting to save thousands of hectares of old-growth forest and the eagle habitat located there. B.C. Supreme Court heard that Site C would cause “irreparable harm” to the two northeastern British Columbia First Nations. Their lawyer wants a stop-work order issued for the $9-billion hydroelectric project on the Peace River.
Permits have been issued to clear 1,600 hectares of forest, even though both the B.C. Supreme Court and Federal Court will soon deliver judicial reviews that may quash the hydroelectric project altogether. B.C. has also authorized the expansion of quarries, the removal of beaver dams, 28 eagle nests, the alteration of 163 archeological sites and possibly burial sites as new access roads and bridges are constructed. The First Nations’ lawyer argues there’s no urgency to begin project.