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Landowners in court today against Site C

A group of landowners in northeastern BC says the provincial government broke the law in approving the controversial Site C dam.

The Peace Valley Landowners Association has told BC Supreme Court that the province ignored a joint review panel’s recommendations for the proposed megaproject.

Ken Boon the president of the PVLA.

The association wants the court to quash an environmental assessment certificate that BC issued for the dam last fall, arguing the province failed to follow the assessment process.

The case is the first of seven legal challenges against the provincial and federal governments from various groups opposed to Site C.

Two weeks ago, Energy Minister Bill Bennett told a Vancouver Board of Trade gathering that shovels would be in the ground by summer.

Boon says it’s imprudent for the minister to be so blase.

An estimated 5,500 hectares of land would be flooded by the dam’s construction.

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