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Protesters converge on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to protest Site C on Sept. 13, 2016.

Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

British Columbia's highest court has ruled against the Peace Valley Landowner Association in its continuing fight against BC Hydro's Site C hydroelectric project in northeastern B.C.

The Association hoped to overturn a lower court order that rejected a judicial review of Site C's environmental assessment certificate.

In a unanimous ruling, the B.C. Court of Appeal says the ministries of environment and forestry can issue a certificate for the mega project without considering all 50 recommendations contained in an environmental assessment report.

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The Peace Valley Landowner Association argued Section 17 of the Environmental Assessment Act requires consideration of all recommendations of a hearing panel before a certificate is issued.

But the high court says the ministers made no error because four of the recommendations in the Site C report dealt with future government regulation of BC Hydro and were not the sort of instruction covered by the act.

Critics of the $8.8-billion dam along the Peace River say it will flood lands in traditional First Nations territory and create an 83-kilometre long reservoir that will wipe out farms and ranches.

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