Labrador man ordered to pay $8K for hacking hydro pole in 2012

A judge has ordered a Port Hope Simpson man to pay $8,000 for chopping at a hydro pole on Nalcor property in Labrador in December 2012.
Dennis Budden of Port Hope Simpson, Labrador has been ordered by a provincial court judge to pay $8,000 for hacking at a hydro pole on Nalcor property in December 2012. (CBC)

A judge has ordered a Port Hope Simpson man to pay $8,000 for hacking a hydro pole on Nalcor property in Labrador in December 2012. 

Dennis Burden, frustrated with the Muskrat Falls mega-project, made an unlawful protest when he took an axe to a pole on the Muskrat Falls construction site and chopped halfway through it.

Burden said at the time of the incident that the province should instead be investigating solar and wind power, which he said would be less destructive.

In provincial court on Wednesday, Burden pleaded guilty to the charges that were brought before him. 

Justice John Joy ruled that Burden must pay restitution over the next three years. 

"This money will go to Nalcor. That burns," Burden said, but added it won't stop him from opposing the project. 

"I will continue, yes. I will continue to try to protect this land that I'm standing on, for our future generations, and try to instill some younger people to stand up and be more concerned about our habitat. Hopefully I encourage somebody to take a look at what's happening around us and what's going on with our planet and, we don't have another one, we have to start protecting this one." 

The judge also placed Burden on probation and ordered him to spend the next year staying away from active Nalcor construction sites.


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