Manitoba farmers launch lawsuit against province over reservoir outflows
By The Canadian Press
Jan. 16, 2013, Winnipeg, MB - The operation of a dam in western Manitoba has led a group of farmers and ranchers to launch a lawsuit against the provincial government.
Members of the group own property immediately downstream from the Shellmouth Dam at Lake of the Prairies, not far from the Saskatchewan boundary.
Their statement of claim says the operation of the dam in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011 permanently damaged their land and prevented them from growing crops.
Among the plaintiffs is Gene Nerbas, a former municipal councillor for the area who has long complained about the dam's effects on local property owners.
The producers have hired former Manitoba Appeal Court judge Charles Huband (HYOO'-band) to represent them in proceedings that could start this spring.
None of the allegations has been proven in court.