Innu group seeks to block construction of Romaine hydro project in Quebec

An Innu community has launched a legal bid to block construction of the Romaine hydroelectric project in Quebec.

The Innu of Uashat and Mani-Utenam filed a request for a temporary injunction to halt the project. They say the proposed development and planned transmission lines run through their ancestral territory without their consent, local media reported.

Construction on the 1,550-MW project was launched in May 2009 and is expected to continue through 2020. The first of four hydro plants is expected to be operational by 2014. The Romaine project is expected to cost about C$6.5 billion.

The Romaine project is located on the Romaine River, north of the municipality of Havre-Saint-Pierre, on the North Shore.

The motion for the injunction will be heard in Quebec Superior Court in July, media reports indicate.

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