Simpwc First Nation supports Watershed Watch, David Suzuki Foundation and Ecojustice in Holmes Hydro case
The Simpwc First Nation issued the media release Simpcw First Nation Challenges Holmes River Hydro Project in support of Watershed Watch, David Suzuki Foundation and Ecojustice who were in court this week to ensure that the B.C. government conducts an environmental assessment of the Holmes Hydro project for its potential harm to the environment.
The media release states: “Chief Rita Matthew of the Simpcw First Nation today questioned why the Holmes River hydro project in the McBride area has been allowed to avoid the requirement of a full environmental review, given that the 76 megawatt project is 26 megawatts over the 50 megawatt threshold that should trigger an environmental review under the Environmental Assessment Act. Citing a legal challenge to the Holmes River hydro project in the BC Supreme Court by the David Suzuki Foundation and Watershed Watch, Chief Matthew has sent a letter to Hon. Rich Colemen, Minister of Energy, pointing out that 10 small permits in the Holmes River watershed are all closely tied into one large project that should have been subjected to a full environmental review under Section 5 of the Environmental Assessment Act.”
For more information on the Holmes Hydro case, see Watershed Watch’s post Groups challenge the failure of B.C.’s environmental assessment office to do its job.