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The B.C. Ministry of Health is undertaking a Human Health Risk Assessment looking to identify, explore and assess concerns about human health relating to oil and gas development in northeastern B.C. The first phase of three was public and stakeholder engagement, including a tour of the area to speak with as many people as possible, and written feedback.

The deadline for input was March 7, 2012, which is why the MLAs were calling for its release, over a month later. On May 14, Simpson asked for a concrete timeline for the report’s release, saying Peace Region residents are anxious for the results.

“When I was up there, they did indicate that they were comfortable that their voices were heard,” he said. “They liked what the Fraser Basin Council had done in terms of engaging people and bringing many voices together, but they are anxious to see what was canvassed, what was heard and what was documented in advance of the phase 2 starting, which is the real work.”

Simpson got his answer when Minister of Health, Honourable Michael de Jong revealed that it would be released before the end of the month.

After phase 1 is released, 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.

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