Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, François-Philippe Champagne, is an ardent defender of the arrival of Northvolt in Quebec. (File photo)
He described the arrival of Northvolt in Quebec as a generational opportunity.
Let us be proud, as Quebecers, of having been able to attract one of the largest companies to come and set up with us in an area of the future, in the field of the environment, indicated Minister Champagne.
Furthermore, the hearing concerning the request for an injunction filed last week against Northvolt, which was to take place Tuesday at the Montreal courthouse, was postponed until Wednesday.
In a press release published Tuesday morning, the Swedish multinational declared that this decision was taken following a request made by the City of Saint-Basile-le-Grand and of an agreement between the parties.
The company added that it will not comment further, out of respect for the ongoing legal process. Work on the site of the future factory remains suspended, she said.
This is the second time that the #x27;hearing regarding the request for injunction is postponed.
The procedure began last week, but Judge David R. Collier of the Superior Court of Quebec postponed the hearing, scheduled for Friday, to Tuesday to allow the defendants to read the case. .
The Swedish multinational began felling trees at the beginning of last week on the site of its future battery factory in McMasterville and Saint-Basile-le-Grand, in Montérégie.
The issue of the Northvolt plant in Montérégie has already caused a lot of ink to flow, especially on the environmental level, due to practices that many describe as questionable and harmful to the environment. (Archive photo)
This work was, however, interrupted while the Superior Court considered the requests for provisional and interlocutory injunctions filed by the Quebec Environmental Law Center and three citizens.
In the meantime, Northvolt could not carry out work to fell trees in wetlands and 500 meters from them on the site of the future factory, the judge ruled.
The Quebec Environmental Law Center and the three citizens argue that the work at the factory is worrying for biodiversity and that the land of the multinational is a habitat for many threatened or vulnerable animal species.
A provisional injunction normally lasts 10 days, but the Quebec Environmental Law Center and the three citizens are also requesting an interlocutory injunction.
De For her part, the lawyer representing Northvolt said last Friday that a 10-day provisional injunction would cause irreparable harm to the company.
Northvolt wishes to reiterate its commitment to participating in decarbonization by offering a sustainable model for battery manufacturing. We wish to continue to achieve this mission with and for the communities, underlined the company in its press release published Tuesday.
The site planned for the construction of the battery manufacturing and recycling plant is located on 171 hectares of land in Saint-Basile-le-Grand and McMasterville.