VANCOUVER, B.C. — Police officers began arresting members of the Coalition to Save Eagleridge Bluffs after the protesters refused to clear the construction site in West Vancouver.
For about six-weeks protesters have resided on the bluffs overlooking Horseshoe Bay, delaying construction of a $130 million project along the Sea-to-Sky Highway connecting West Vancouver to Whistler.
The coalition is opposing the plan to blast through the bluffs, which according to the protesters is an ecologically sensitive area. Instead the group is urging the government to consider environmentally friendlier and cheaper alternative options for the 2.4-km stretch of highway.
Last week a B.C. Supreme Court Judge ruled against the coalition in an injunction warning the protesters to stay away from the site and followed it up this week with an order to enforce the injunction.
West Vancouver police have now cordoned off the protest camp, reading aloud the enforcement order and explaining to protesters what will occur if they do not evacuate the scene.
With the latest court decision being handed down, Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon expects an end to come to the protesters’ claims that the government did not adequately research the environmental impact of the expansion route.
— with files from the Vancouver Sun
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