North East Oil and Gas Health Advisory Committee faced with funding cut

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A provincial MLA is claiming that the government has cut funding from the North East Oil and Gas Health Advisory Committee. Delta South Independent MLA Vicki Huntington raised the issue with the Minister of Health in today’s question period to find out the reason considering the group is responsible for monitoring the effects of oil and gas operations.

In a release Huntington said, “Northeastern British Columbians have serious concerns about the health effects of oil and gas operations, and the government should be actively responding to those issues. “It should not be cutting funding to a recognized organization that has been monitoring those health impacts.”

During today’s question period Huntington said to the health minister, “It’s inexcusable that the North East Oil and Gas Health Advisory Committee has suddenly lost its government support. The very committee pushing for answers is effectively being forced to fold.”

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Minister of Health Terry Lake said in response he would be reaching out to the advisory committee.

An exact amount as to how much money was cut was not indicated.

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