Innu groups launch bid for injunction to block Hydro-Quebecs La Romaine project

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Native groups have launched a legal bid to block a major hydro development in northeastern Quebec.
The Innu of Uashat and Mani-Utenam have filed a request for a temporary injunction to halt the Romaine River project.
They say the proposed development, and especially the planned transmission lines, run right through their ancestral territory and they never gave their consent.
The Innu describe their bid in Quebec Superior Court as an emergency move, while that same court prepares to hear the request they filed in 2009 for a permanent injunction.
The native groups do not want compensation; they are asking for the project to be scrubbed.
Hydro-Quebec says the project, located near Labrador in the Gulf of the St. Lawrence, could be completed by 2020 and add more than 1,500 megawatts to the grid.

Organizations: Quebec Superior Court, Hydro-Quebec

Geographic location: Montreal, Northeastern Quebec, Romaine River Labrador

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