Heavy equipment works on a site near the proposed Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric project in August. — File photo by Ashley Fitzpatrick/The Telegram
The Newfoundland Supreme Court, trial division, has granted a permanent injunction against NunatuKavut Community Council, Todd Russell and persons unknown, Nalcor Energy announced today in a news release.
The injunction allows Nalcor to continue its site construction work at Muskrat Falls without interruption.
The court continued to support Nalcor Energy’s proposal to construct and maintain a “safety zone” for protestors, an area identified as a safe distance from the work site where protesters can continue their demonstration in the vicinity without compromising safety. The court further ordered against any protesting activities within 50 metres of the work site.
“We understand that there are groups opposed to the Muskrat Falls development and we respect their right to protest,” said Gilbert Bennett, vice president, Lower Churchill Project.
“But safety is our Number 1 priority, and it is critical that we ensure a safe work environment for our employees, contractors and protestors.”