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Community Relations Manager for the Site C Clean Energy Project Dave Conway says this meeting focused on a specific set of topics.

“We’re looking for people’s input in regards to the four topics: accommodation, transportation, agriculture and the clearing plan,” he explains. “We’re looking for people’s knowledge and interest concerns about those topics.”

The sessions will help B.C. Hydro provide information on project plans, project design and mitigation plans as the energy company prepares its Environmental Impact Statement for review in the environment assessment process in 2013. It’s expected the EIS will be submitted in early 2013.

“Ultimately what that information does, it helps us to better define our Environmental Impact Statement,” says Conway. “So by getting this input, it helps to make it much more robust when we file it.”

As has come to be expected at any Site C meeting, there was a small protest of approximately 12 people early on in the session. After making their way through the meeting room, they gathered with more protesters outside the Hotel, garnering a number of honks from passing drivers. Conway says B.C. Hydro welcomes their form of input.

“People in this country have a right to peaceful protest, and we respect that. That’s one way of providing their view and interest to make sure that not only we, but others, know that they don’t support the project,” he argues. “Whatever works for them, and certainly, the protest is one way of making those interests and those concerns heard.”

Across the region, there will also be two back-to-back sessions today If unable to attend the open house sessions, public feedback can be provided online, by visiting the campaign’s official website.at 4 and 6 p.m. in the Hudson’s Hope Community Hall, two more Thursday at 2 and 6 p.m. at the Best Western in Dawson Creek, and another one on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. in the Taylor Community Hall. The series, which began Monday, is scheduled conclude next week, with a Monday session in Tumbler Ridge, and two more on Tuesday in Chetwynd.

If unable to attend the open house sessions, public feedback can be provided online, by visiting the campaign’s official website.

This is also the last week to submit to the City’s Let’s Talk Site C engagement process. For more information and to submit your comments, click here.

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