B.C. Supreme Court asked to quash Site C environmental assessment certificate

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A landowner group in British Columbia is going to court on Monday in an effort to derail the construction of a massive hydro-electric project in the province’s northeast.

The Peace Valley Landowner Association is asking the B.C. Supreme Court to quash the provincial environmental assessment certificate for the Site C dam.

The dam would flood an 83-kilometre stretch of valley along the Peace River near Fort St. John.

The organization responsible for taking the provincial government and BC Hydro to court describes the area slated for flooding as an irreplaceable natural asset

The B.C. government gave the $8.8-billion project the green light last December.

First Nations and environmental groups have denounced the project, forecasting it as the most expensive mistake in the province’s history.