The Highlands District Community Association is taking a different legal tack in its battle to halt operations of the OK Industries rock quarry off Millstream Road, according to a report in the Oak Bay News.
The association’s board unanimously passed a motion to petition the Supreme Court of Canada on whether British Columbia officials should consider climate change more readily before approving certain projects.
The community group in June lost its case in the B.C. Court of Appeal that sought to have the provincial mines inspector’s decision to issue a permit to OK Industries nullified, on the basis that climate change should have been considered by the province before the permit was granted.
The association argues that two woodlands, one wetland, a stand of old-growth forest and multiple sensitive ecosystems are impacted by the tree clearing, blasting and rock crushing work, which OK corporate advisor Mel Sangha has said are part of preparing the property for development.