The province has moved a step closer to building the Springbank dry dam.

They announced the purchase of land of one of the most vocal opponents to the project, the family of Ryan Robinson.

Transportation Minister Brian Mason says while the project may eat up a portion of the families land, it won't completely remove them from the area.

"I'm happy to say that the Robinson family will be able to continue to operate their ranch in Rockyview County as a result of this agreement. And we will also be relocating a heritage building that has a century old history with the family."

Mason says slowly, but surely they're getting closer to making the project happen.

"With this land sale the government has now acquired 20 per cent of the required lands for the project. We're going to continue our discussions with the land owners. With indigenous groups, including the Tsuu T'ina Nation, as well as Rockyview Country and the City of Calgary and other stakeholders with respect to this project."

However, members of the Tsuu T'ina nation remain opposed to the dry dam and say they won't be giving in to Provincial demands.

The Province says they're prepared to move to expropriation if necessary to get the project built.


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