POLITICS

Court grants injunction against protesters at construction site of Muskrat Falls

11/28/2012 09:28 EST | Updated 01/28/2013 05:12 EST
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador's Crown energy company says it has been granted a permanent injunction against people protesting near the Muskrat Falls site.

Nalcor Energy says the province's Supreme Court ordered the injunction against members of the NunatuKavut Community Council, who represent Inuit-Metis from southern Labrador.

The company says the injunction allows it to continue work at the construction site of the project without interruption while allowing protesters to rally at a safe distance at least 50 metres away.

The NunatuKavut Community Council has picketed against the proposed hydroelectric project but has said it never blocked access to the construction zone.

It says the development impedes access to traditional native territory.

The provincial government says the project, which is expected to cost at least $7.4 billion, is needed to serve future energy needs.