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The assessment will take place through three phases, with the first phase consisting of a public and stakeholder engagement. Local citizens and interested groups will be able to offer their concerns and experiences with the development of Northeast B.C.’s resources.

Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom talks about the benefits this study can provide.

“As a local MLA for the region I’ve heard this concern in the pas, and while I’m confident that the process is a safe one, the study will let us know if anything does need to be changed.

After public engagement and identifying public concerns relating to oil and gas development, the second phase will include a human health risk assessment based on findings from the first phase and a comprehensive scientific review of the evidence.

The third and final phase of the project will include reporting the findings to the Province, stakeholders as well as the public.  

Any parties interested in participating in the public engagement are encouraged to do so. FBC will meet with Citizen’s groups, health professionals, academics, non-profits, oil and gas representatives and any other interested groups in Northeast BC.

Peace River North Pat Pimm says, “It is important that we take the time to carefully consider all public-health aspects related to oil and gas development and that is just what this study will do.”  

FBC was awarded the $100,000 contract following a complete RFP process. The contract is for the first phase of the assessment only and is estimated to be completed by March 31, 2012.

A variety of methods for input will be available including post or online and for more information, visit the Fraser Basin Council official website.

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