The Save the Valley organization and the HRCA appealed to the provincial government, but the appeal was rejected in 1987.
Decision in favour of valley route. The OEAB, NEC and HRCA all opposed the project. Against the wishes of those agencies, and a group called “Save the Valley”, the board approved the project 2-1, with the OEAB representative dissenting.
The provincial government decided to submit approval for the project to one, larger hearing process (first time in Ontario), called the ‘Consolidated Joint Board’ which had two OMB officials and one OEAB official. 99 days of hearing were held in 1984.