Friday, 02 February 2018 13:55

VFPA's approval of FSD permit stands

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Community groups opposed to the coal facility proposed for Fraser Surrey Docks have lost a four-year-long legal battle challenging the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s approval of the project. Ecojustice lawyers argued in May 2017, on behalf of concerned parties, that the Port didn’t have the legal power to approve the project and that it was “biased in its decision-making.”  The case was heard in Vancouver on May 18, 2017, and Justice James O’Reilly of the Federal Court in Ottawa released his judgment and reasons on Jan. 15 for dismissing the case.  “I can find no basis for overturning the Port Authority’s decisions — they were made fairly and lawfully, and untainted by a reasonable apprehension of bias,” O’Reilly said in his judgment and reasons. “They were made fairly and lawfully, and untainted by a reasonable apprehension of bias. I must, therefore, dismiss this application for judicial review.”

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