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Tree cutting has come to an abrupt halt at the future site of a factory for electric car batteries south of Montreal.

On January 9, Swedish company Northvolt got the go-ahead from Quebec to begin preparatory work on a gigantic green lot dotted with thousands of trees in Saint-Basile-le-Grand.

Now,  an impending legal challenge from environmentalists has stopped the company in its tracks.

“We’re relieved about that, but of course, it could start again soon,” said Marc Bishai, a lawyer for the Quebec Environmental Law Centre (CQDE) .

On Monday, Northvolt started cutting over 10,000 trees on a 170-hectare lot to make way for their gigantic $7 billion electric car battery manufacturing facility, which the federal and provincial governments are subsidizing to the tune of about $3 billion.

On Thursday, three concerned citizens and the CQDE submitted a request for an injunction to halt the work temporarily.

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