“People all across British Columbia have quite an interest in this project and want to talk to us about it,” she maintains. “We find the face-to-face dialogue and engagement is much more effective, because then we can actually deal with the questions of individuals.”
Although Fort St. John is not along the right-of-way of the twin pipeline system from Alberta to a new Kitimat marine terminal, Holder says Enbridge recognizes the impact it will have on all British Columbians. In the province’s northeast, she argues that’s mostly in resourcing.
“We’re not that far south from here so it will create opportunities for jobs, and I think the one thing that most people have probably seen already is we’re already investing in skills training development in the northern colleges, so people are seeing that opportunity for further education.”
The questions and concerns she faced yesterday were varied, from where the pipeline will go and how big it will be, to whether it’s above or below ground – it’s below – and what will be done on the marine side of things.
“People really do have an interest in understanding some more of the details, because as much as up here in Fort St. John natural gas is fairly common dialogue, oil is not as common, so it’s fear of the unknown,” Holder admits.
It’s expected the Joint Review Panel will release its recommendations on the project before the end of the year, and Holder says Enbridge has plans to return to Fort St. John again.
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