08/28/2015 19:33 EDT | Updated 08/28/2016 01:12 EDT

B.C. Supreme Court denies First Nations request for Site C dam stop-work order

VANCOUVER — A B.C. Supreme Court judge has refused to issue a stop-work order to a pair of First Nations opposing construction of the Site C hydroelectric dam.

The West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations sought an injunction against BC Hydro, saying they were not properly consulted before permits were granted for the project on the Peace River.

The First Nations say it's still significant that the utility promised in court not to act on permits allowing clear-cutting of old-growth forest in some areas.

West Moberly Chief Roland Willson says in a news release that legal action was taken specifically to gain protection for eagles' nests and beaver dams.

BC Hydro argued this month that an injunction would cost upwards of half a billion dollars and delay the project by at least a year.

Project spokesman David Conway declined comment, noting both sides are scheduled to appear in court again in November for a judicial review of the Site C permits.




The Canadian Press

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