the judge in chambers suspends the prefecture’s decree

The Administrative Court of Grenoble published its opinion on a reservoir project on a mountain slope
on the Beauregard massif in La Cluise: the temporary judge is suspended execution of the decree of the prefect of Haute-Savoie permission to start work, in the recipe
posted this Tuesday on his website. Several environmental associations, which condemned the project, immediately went to court.

“The judge in chambers considers that there are serious doubts about the existence of an imperative reason of overriding public interests, which allows to deviate from the prohibition on the destruction of protected species, established by article L. 411-1 of the ecological code (for example, the buzzard, peregrine falcon or golden eagle, note ed.)”. He also believes that “state of emergency” suspend the start of work “implemented by the fact that the clearing works are scheduled for October-November 2022” and “opponents of the project occupying the site are likely to be evicted by the police in short order.”

We are not going to declare victory too soon, we are waiting for a decision on the merits (FNE)

“We’re not going to declare victory too quickly, it’s just a suspension of the prefectural decree allowing work. We expect a substantive decision that gives the court time to do its job quietly, democracy works well.”congratulates himself Eric Feray, treasurer of France Nature Environnement (FNE) in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. “This time, the work will not be completed until we receive a decision on the merits, a prefectural decree and permission to carry out quite heavy work with a serious impact on the natural environment and water resources.”

From the end of September created opponents ZAD (zone for protection)
at the place chosen to prevent the start of work. Located at an altitude of 1,500 cubic meters on the Beauregard plateau, near Bois de la Colombiere, this reservoir with a capacity of 148,000 cubic meters should allow, according to the authorities, to provide water to the inhabitants of the commune. water, for irrigation of agricultural activities and for the production of artificial snow.

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