There’s confirmation from the Northeast BC Resource Municipalities Coalition that later this month, it will host the first of three forums, on the challenges and opportunities of resource development in northeast BC.
Each forum will address a specific resource sector, and the initial one to be held in Fort St. John on the 25th of the month will focus on the oil and gas sector.
Mayor Lori Ackerman says the coalition believes it’s time to reconnect with the people of northeast BC and advance common interests through education, research, and analysis, and monitoring industrial development and associated impacts.
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Launched last year, the three jurisdiction Coalition aims to address the anticipated growth challenges facing northeast region resource communities as the result of resource industry development, but that development is currently facing challenges of its own.
Taylor Mayor Rob Fraser notes, many people in the region are wondering, what’s happening with proposed BC-LNG projects.
In addition, Mayor Bill Streeper of the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality adds the region’s oil and gas industry remains subject to the impacts of low oil prices, a lagging economy in many parts of the world, and uncertain short-term LNG demand in the Asia-Pacific Region.
Thus the series of forums—with others scheduled for Taylor and Fort Nelson in April and September of next year — will offer an opportunity for all stakeholders involved — government, industry, First Nations, businesses, and local communities — to share information and explore issues of common concern.
The initial forum in Fort St. John will feature keynote addresses by former University of Northern BC President, Doctor Charles Jago and Jas Johal of the BC LNG Alliance of four of the major proposed north coast liquefied natural gas projects.
The Coalition is anticipating over 125 participants, and for more information, including how to register, you can go online to NEBCCoalition.com.