Senator Neufeld talks Site-C with PRRD


Photo: PRRD Chair  Karen Goodings addresses one of Senator Neufeld’s questions on Thursday morning – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

By Christine Rumleskie

 

The great Site-C debate is starting to snowball througout the Peace Region.

Senator Richard Neufeld attended the Peace River Regional District meeting on Thursday. He brought with him the same message he did to Fort St. John City Council on Monday, and encouraged the board into looking at the benefits of the proposed Site-C dam.

Neufeld noted, during his time as energy minister, he was able to convince BC Hydro to put a three-foot cap on the rise of the proposed river bed.

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He says it’s important for local municipalities and groups to be at the bargaining table when discussing Site-C plans. He also says the PRRD should investigate impact mitigation funding as soon as possible.

Unlike the Peace Valley Environmental Association in Fort St. John, two representatives from the Women’s Institute were not impressed with Neufeld’s address.

Spokesperson Jane Parsons says the PRRD should instead investigate the negative impacts of the proposed project.

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Meanwhile, last year, Hudson’s Hope officially announced that it was opposed to Site-C. But at the PRRD meeting on Thursday, Mayor Karen Anderson said the town is willing to hold a strategic planning session, to learn more about the benefits of the proposed dam.

Fort St. John Mayor Bruce Lantz advised directors that Fort St. John is looking at hiring a consultant to acquire funding for a socio-economic study on the Site-C project. He says once that is worked out, the City will check back in with the PRRD.

 

For a story on Senator Neufeld’s address to Fort St. John City Council, click here.