Roundhill landowners want to repeat history-changing victory over coal barons

EDMONTON – Call it the second duel of Dodds.

Three decades after shooting down a coal megaproject, landowners aim to repeat the bull’s-eye on their turf 80 kilometres southeast of Edmonton.

“We’ve been over this road before,” said Bernie Von Tettenborn, chairman of the Roundhill Dodds Agricultural Protection Association.

An agreement on relocation and compensation does not signify consent to the $2.5-billion strip mine, gas plant and power station proposed as the Dodds-Roundhill Coal Gasification Project by Sherritt International Corp., the Ontario Teachers Pension Fund and Epcor Utilities Inc., Von Tettenborn said.

“That’s a fallacy. We’re opposed to the project,” he said in an interview after more militant members of his faction formed a group dedicated to fighting the companies last weekend.

“We don’t want to have our heads in the sand,” he added in explaining the compensation agreement. Farmers and country-residential estate owners wanted to negotiate a good deal from a position of strength in case they lost their fight.

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