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NEWS: BC Supreme Court hears argument that province has no right to disallow bulk water exports

North Shore News reports, “A lawsuit launched by (West Vancouver businessman) Colin Beach, owner of Rain Coast Water Corp., is being heard this month before a B.C. Supreme Court justice, 20 years after Beach says the government of the day dammed up his business plans while showing preferential treatment to a competitor. …In the mid-to-late 1980s, both his company and a competitor, Western Canada Water, were vying for a chance to export B.C.’s water in bulk (from Freil Lake in Hotham Sound and a lake near Ocean Falls respectively) to parched areas of California that were experiencing a drought. …The province later banned bulk water exports in the early 1990s. In the lawsuit, launched by Rain Coast Water Corp., Beach argues he could have had a successful company if it hadn’t been for government interference. He is also arguing the province had no right to disallow bulk water exports. …The province has argued that regardless of provincial actions at the time, Beach didn’t suffer any business losses, because before any company got a bulk water contract from the Goleta Water District in California, rains returned, ending the drought and making the import of water unnecessary. …The trial is continuing in B.C. Supreme Court.”

The article can be read at http://www.nsnews.com/news/water+fight+goes+court/7487668/story.html.