RETA’s Court Case Against the Heartland Power Line
RETA’s legal counsel presented strong arguments January 15 and 16, 2013 in our Heartland power line Judicial Review request to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench.
Legal counsel provided many reasons why the court should quash the Alberta Infrastructure Minister’s consent to the building of the Heartland line in the Sherwood Park and Edmonton Greenbelts (Restricted Development Areas – RDAs) and halt construction of the line (see details of the case at this link). Perhaps the strongest argument was that the Minister breached the 1974 Regulations that established the Sherwood Park and Edmonton Greenbelts for the purpose of protecting the environment in a natural state or a state suitable for recreation or the propagation of plant or animal life.
Lawyers for the Alberta Government, AltaLink and EPCOR attempted to rewrite history by suggesting the primary purpose of the Greenbelts was for transportation and utilities.
The judge reserved her decision on the matter, indicating that she would make a decision as soon as possible.
Following is some of the media coverage of the Judicial Review proceedings, with comments from John Kristensen of RETA: Alberta Primetime, Sherwood Park News, Ched News, iNews 880.