Several Argentine officials will be visiting both Fort St. John and Vancouver as part of an international energy and environment exchange program.

Last November, City Councillors Lori Ackerman and Bruce Christensen, along with City Manager Dianne Hunter and Director of Planning and Engineering Horatio Galanti traveled to different Argentine communities to participate in a climate change information exchange.

Now, up to eight people from Argentina will be visiting Fort St. John from June 23 to July 2 to gain first-hand experience on the various strategies the City is undertaking to diminish its carbon footprint.

Some of the delegates are travelling from three communities which all rely heavily on the mining industry and surround the Canadian-owned Xstrata mine.

City Manager Dianne Hunter says the City has budgeted $10,000 to host the delegates, which would cover hotel costs, a council dinner with the delegates and transportation costs.

As part of their time in the Peace River Region, Hunter says the City will be showing the Argentine delegates various energy projects, including nearby dams, coal mines and wind turbines.

She also says the delegates’ transportation costs to and from Fort St. John and Vancouver are being covered by Xstrata.

When Fort St. John sent delegates to Argentina, the City only paid for travel costs associated with getting them to and from the South American country. Once there, the Argentine cities hosted them.