Legal challenge of Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project hits legal snag

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A self-represented Newfoundland resident who's challenging the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project has hit a legal snag.

Brad Cabana asked for an adjournment today in provincial Supreme Court after the judge said he hadn't properly notified Ottawa about a key part of his argument.

Judge Gillian Butler says Cabana should have sent the federal government a copy of his statement of claim.

It alleges that changes to the province's Electrical Power Control Act violate Hydro-Quebec's water flow contract rights on the Churchill River in Labrador.

Butler said the federal government should have been given more notice because the case involves constitutional arguments.

Cabana says the Hydro-Quebec point is central to his case and asked for a 10-day delay to submit required documents.

But lawyers for the provincial government and Newfoundland and Labrador's Crown energy company say the case should proceed.

Cabana is trying to halt construction on the dam and power station near Happy Valley-Goose Bay that started last year.

It's expected to begin generating power by 2017.

Organizations: Hydro-Quebec, Supreme Court

Geographic location: Muskrat Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador, ST. JOHN'S Ottawa Churchill River Happy Valley Goose Bay

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