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Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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Energy minister updates City Councilors

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Photo: Blair Lekstrom,  B.C.’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum, gives City Councilors an update from his ministry on Monday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

 

By Christine Rumleskie

 

B.C.’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum gave Fort St. John City Councilors an update on Monday.

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Blair Lekstrom explained he wanted to keep councilors informed on what’s happening in his ministry.

He started with the oil and gas industry, and focused on the newly-introduced Bill 8. Lekstrom encourages council to review the bill, which includes amendments to the Oil and Gas Activities Act, as well as the Petroleum and Natural Gas Act.

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Lekstrom explained that his ministry is currently working with the Peace River Regional District to establish a farmer’s advocate office out of Dawson Creek.

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The Energy Minister also outlined the Province’s decision to move into the third phase of Site-C…

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But, the project still needs to undergo an Environmental Assessment and further consultations before it proceeds to construction.

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On the mining end of things, Lekstrom explained that the coal industry is starting to boom in the Northeast.

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Meanwhile, Lekstrom reiterated the importance of natural gas in B.C.’s future. He said natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel the Province has.

Lekstrom says he doesn’t foresee a future where British Columbians do not use fossil fuels, but he says advancements in technology will help develop cleaner energy in the Province.

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