Council in full support of Geoscience B.C

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John city council voted to support the province working with Geoscience B.C and…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John city council voted to support the province working with Geoscience B.C and the Government of Canada to continue research funding.

The request came from the North Central Local Government Association (NCLGA) and the Union of B.C Municipalities (UBCM), according to an April 11th report to council.

The decision to support Geoscience B.C followed a unanimous council poll and will be provided to the NCLGA to include for consideration at their annual convention in May.

Geoscience wants to conduct earth science research that helps reach net-zero emission targets, builds partnerships, and creates jobs by receiving $5 million annually and getting assistance to establish a sustainable long-term funding model.

Geoscience was established in 2005 and is a not-for-profit society that generates, promotes, and supports applied geoscience research relating to minerals, energy, and water resources.

As of March 31st, 2021, they have completed 202 research projects that, according to the report, provide a solid economic, environmental and social return on investment.

Geoscience B.C says the $5 million investment will fund discovering new mineral deposits, reducing and capturing emissions, catalyzing low and zero-emission energy, understanding water resources, building capacity, partnerships, advancing reconciliation, and developing made-in-B.C innovations.

Recently, they released a report on a project that assessed the potential of increased ground motion associated with earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing and fluid injection.

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