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Environmental Assessment Panel visiting Fort St. John

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Minister appointed Environmental Assessment Panel who is reviewing the federal environmental assessment process, is currently in Fort St. John

Johanne Gélinas, Panel Chair and Doug Horswill, Panel Member as well as Rod Northey, Panel Member and Renée Pelletier, Panel Member all touched down in Fort St. John yesterday afternoon.

The Panel saw presentations from the public yesterday and hosted a public workshop later that evening.

Today from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Northern Grand Hotel there are Indigenous Presentations to the Panel. Later tonight from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., there will be an Indigenous Open Dialogue session.

Johanne Gélinas said yesterday that they have the mandate to look at the 3 different processes. They will come with a proposal of what the Minister of Environment and Climate Change has called the “Modern Day Environmental Assessment”.

She also says whoever has an interest in Environmental Assessment is welcome to participate in the events and share their views with the Panel. Today is the last day they are in Fort St. John.

They will have a report sometime early next year which will contain recommendations.

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