For a second time the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations in BC have been denied an appeal of the 8.8 billion dollar hydro project.
Last Monday a three person panel on behalf of the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed the challenge from the two Treaty 8 First Nations in BC.
On Friday Prophet River Chief Lynette Tsakova said in a press release she was “profoundly disappointed in the outcome of their appeal,” and that “the environmental assessment process is just a vehicle to approve projects.”
They were challenging the 2014 federal environmental approval of the hydro dam, which is under construction on the Peace river near Fort St. John.
Site C will flood more than 5,500 hectares of land along the Peace River creating an 83-kilometre-long reservoir and providing enough power to light up 450,000 homes a year.
Project construction started in the summer of 2015 and is scheduled for completion in 2024.