The Coalition to Save Eagleridge Bluffs sustained another setback on Tuesday when the B.C. Court of Appeal ruled against an application to overturn a May 15 injunction issued by the B.C. Supreme Court against protesters blockading the area.
The Supreme Court also ruled against a bid to halt construction until the coalition could argue their case in court against the environmental assessment process.
Peter Kiewit Sons Co., which is building the new section of four-lane highway that would cut through the bluffs, applied two weeks ago for the injunction to remove protesters from their work site. Protesters had set up a tent city in April in the path of work crews, while continuing to advocate for a tunnel instead of the overland rerouting of the highway through what they believe is an environmentally sensitive wetland. Although small, the area includes several at risk species, including the rare red-legged frog and various birds.
With the failed appeal, the coalition expected that the courts would issue an enforcement order as early as Wednesday, which would result in the police removing the tent city and protesters to clear the way for construction crews.