On Monday, July 13, 2015, the cities of New Westminster and Surrey were granted intervener status in our legal challenge against Port Metro Vancouver.
Initially, the Port Authority opposed the municipalities’ application to intervene in the case and a court date was set for today, July 14, 2015, however, yesterday the Port reversed its position at the 11th hour and consented to Surrey and New Westminster’s intervener applications.
Ecojustice lawyers filed the case in September 2014 on behalf of two local residents, Paula Williams and Christine Dujmovich, and two B.C.-based organizations, Voters Taking Action on Climate Change (VTACC) and Communities and Coal. They allege that the Port’s decision-making was unlawful and biased and are seeking to quash the permit in order to protect local communities and because the impacts of the project on climate change were not considered.
We are grateful to both Surrey and New Westminster for their commitment to this issue and for showing strong leadership. Thank you and welcome aboard!