Another round of public briefings set to begin Tuesday on oil and gas health findings

Bart Koope with Intinisk Environmental Services speaks to a Fort St. John crowd in March.

If you missed it the first time, B.C.’s Ministry of Health will hold a second information session in Fort St. John Tuesday afternoon on its recently released Human Health Risk Assessment of Oil and Gas Activity in Northeastern British Columbia.

The report was released in March, and Bart Koope with Intrinisk Environmental Sciences, which conducted the study, will be back to report on the study’s findings.

“We were there in March because we had just released the findings,” said Koope.

“Now that people have time to digest the study, we thought it would be a good time to come out again and see if anybody had any more questions.”

The two-year study, which looked at oil and gas activity in 26 northeast communities, found human health risks in the region to be relatively low.

Still, the report made 14 recommendations to the provincial government, including improvements to emergency planning, flaring and venting management, information management, and environmental monitoring.

It also recommended the disclosure of ingredients contained in fracking fluids.

Koope was in Fort St. John at the end of March to give a presentation on the report, where he said the recommendations were designed to ensure health risks from oil and gas activity in the region remain low.

The session runs from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Quality Inn on June 23.

Sessions are also slated for other Peace Region communities, including:

Taylor – June 24, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Community Hall

Dawson Creek – June 25, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Kiwanis Arts Centre

Hudson’s Hope – June 29, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Community Hall

Chetwynd – June 30, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Recreation Centre