DELTA — The Corporation of Delta and Metro Vancouver have launched a lawsuit over damage alleged to have been done to roughly 17,000 square metres of Burns Bog.
The defendants are Princess Farms Ltd., Matcon Landfill Management Inc. and Matcon Civil Constructors Inc.
George Harvie, Delta’s chief administrative officer, said the lands in question are part of the bog’s protected area.
“We’re very upset this happened,” he said.
Burns Bog is the largest raised peat bog on North America’s west coast.
The lawsuit, filed last week in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, claims that damage was done to the bog by “soil deposit activities” on the Princess Farms property done under the supervision of Matcon Landfill Management Inc, and/or Matcon Civil Constructors Inc.
Delta and Metro Vancouver are joint owners of Burns Bog, which they bought in 2004 with help from the provincial and federal governments.
The plaintiffs claim that trees, plants and wildlife have been affected, as well as the peat bog itself, which, according to Harvie, “suffered tearing, heaving and the vertical and lateral displacement of the peat bog near where fill was placed on native peat on the adjacent farm land.
“Run off from the fill may also affect the bog’s chemistry,” Harvie charged.
The allegations have not yet been tested in court.
“It is also alleged that the soil deposit was contrary to the terms of an approval issued by the Agricultural Land Commission which required that the fill be carried out in accordance with a consultant’s report, which designated an area near the bog where fill would not be placed due to a risk of resulting damage to the bog,” Harvie said.
Asked what compensation Delta and Metro Vancouver are seeking, he replied, “That’s to be determined.”
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