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Calima Energy receives approval for production facility at Montney pad location

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Calima Energy has announced that it has received approval, by the B.C. Oil & Gas Commission, for the construction of a production facility at its Montney pad location.

According to the company, the facilities will include tankage, electrical generation metering and a control centre.

The construction design for the facilities will be modular, allowing for the construction off-site in a controlled environment to ensure an efficient, cost-effective installation within the Winter.

While the initial approval is for the existing two liquids-rich Montney wells drilled earlier this year, Calima says additional modules will be added to the pad site to accommodate a 20 well pad.

The departure pipeline to take production from the Calima Lands to the Tommy Lakes gathering system has been applied for with the OGC and is sized to accommodate up to 50 Mmcf/d and 1,500 bbls of wellhead condensate.

BC Hydro provides PRRD with an update on north bank fish habitat enhancement work

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro has provided the Peace River Regional District with an update regarding the north bank fish habitat enhancement work.

In a letter, B.C. Hydro says, to date, they have not undertaken any channel enhancement works in the area that is situated below the area known as the “Old Fort Slide”.

According to B.C. Hydro, the reason for not performing work in that area is because of its instability and has been evaluating other areas that would best meet their commitments with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

If any work were to occur, B.C. Hydro says they would have a full assessment performed on the area by an engineer.

B.C. Hydro states that the work on the south bank is almost complete and will continue to provide updates to the Regional District.

B.C. introduces gas price transparency law forcing companies to reveal data

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VICTORIA — Oil and gas companies in British Columbia would be forced by law to reveal how gas prices are set in the province if new legislation introduced today is passed.

Jobs Minister Bruce Ralston says the Fuel Price Transparency Act would allow the B.C. Utilities Commission to collect information from fuel companies on market conditions involved in setting gasoline prices.

The B.C. government asked the independent utilities commission last summer to examine fuel prices in the province as gasoline costs in Metro Vancouver were consistently the highest in Canada, reaching $1.70 per litre and above.

The commission found substantial price increases in B.C.’s gasoline market, including a cost of about 13 cents per litre charged to drivers that the industry was unable to explain.

Ralston says that unexplained premium results in residents and businesses in B.C. paying an extra $490 million every year for fuel.

He says the act will require companies to share data on refined fuel imports and exports, fuel volumes at refineries and terminals and wholesale and retail prices.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 18, 2019.

 

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Clarifications and corrections made to renderings for 100 Street Charrette

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a City of Fort St. John Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, Council was presented with clarification and corrections to the renderings that were featured in the 100 Street Charrette final report.

The clarity and corrections presented to Council, by General Manager of Integrated Services, Victor Shopland, mainly focused on turning lanes, placement of trees, and parking spaces.

For turning lanes, some intersections were shown not to include right-hand turning lanes at 98 and 104 Avenues.

Source City of Fort St. John

Also in some of the renderings, particularly near 96 Avenue, a couple of driveways to businesses were blocked by trees, something that would not be part of the official plan.

The Shell Fuel Station at 96 Avenue showed, in the rendering, that trees would be blocking the driveways. Source City of Fort St. John

As for parking spaces, Council decided that they would like to see them maintained with five between 96 and 98A Avenues and three at 103 Avenue.

City planners will now make the necessary changes and will be discussed at the next Council meeting on November 25.

BC Hydro forecasting normal reservoir operations this winter

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VANCOUVER, B.C. – BC Hydro is forecasting normal operating conditions at most of its reservoirs despite reduced reservoir inflows in spring and early summer 2019.

According to BC Hydro, with warm, dry weather and a below-average snowpack in the spring of 2019, with low inflows, some  BC Hydro reservoirs did not refill to normal levels as they typically do in late spring.

BC Hydro depends upon its two largest reservoirs, Williston in the Peace region and Kinbasket in the Columbia. These two ensure a reliable supply of low-cost energy to meet the province’s electricity needs during the winter months when demand is highest.

The Williston Reservoir is expected to be at levels similar to, or greater, than those observed across last winter and early spring. The Kinbasket Reservoir is expected to operate at near average seasonal levels during the fall and winter.

BC Hydro does not expect this winter to be as challenging as last winter, however, weather patterns can shift and situations can change quickly, depending on the size of the reservoir.

Jim Hughson receives Foster Hewett Award from Hockey Hall of Fame

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John native Jim Hughson was at the Hockey Hall of Fame, in Toronto, earlier this month to receive the Foster Hewitt Award.

Earlier this year, Hughson was selected by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association for his outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster as a play-by-play announcer for the Vancouver Canucks and for his work on ‘Hockey Night in Canada’.

Born and raised in Fort St. John, Hughson got his first broadcasting job at a local radio station in the 1970s, broadcasting games for the South Peace Hockey League, and eventually worked his way to become a play-by-play announcer for various roles within National Hockey which included broadcasting games three and four of the 1982 Stanley Cup Finals between the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Islanders.

Hughson then moved on to take on the role as play-by-play for the Toronto Maple Leafs and then for the Canucks.

For a time, Hughson was also a commentator for the Montreal Expos and then for the Toronto Blue Jays. Hughson called for the Jays’ ’92 and ’93 Division Championship series.

Crash and fuel spill from tanker carrying crude prompts B.C. ministry monitoring

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VICTORIA — A tanker truck that crashed and burned over the weekend near the B.C.-Alberta boundary was carrying 40,000 litres of crude oil.

The Ministry of Environment in B.C. says much of the lost crude was likely consumed in the fire on the Pouce Coupe River Bridge, although a boom has been placed across the river in an effort to catch oil from getting downstream.

It says in a statement the fiery crash happened Saturday on Highway 49 and the bridge will remain closed until an engineer certifies it as safe for operation.

The driver of the truck was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries.

The ministry says an environmental contractor, hired by the company responsible for the vehicle, has taken water samples and installed wildlife deterrents to keep animals away from the site.

A large crane was used to remove the burned-out wreckage of the truck on Sunday and the cause of the crash is still being investigated.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 18, 2019.

The Canadian Press

City of Fort St. John Fire Department extinguishes school bus fire

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. The City of Fort St. John Fire Department reported they responded to a school bus on fire.

On Friday, November 15, 2019, at 3:59 AM the City of Fort St John Fire Department responded to a school bus on fire within the locked school bus yard.

According to the Fire Department, upon arrival, one school bus was heavily involved with buses on each side also sustaining fire damage.

Crews were able to quickly knock down the fire and cleared the scene at 4:45 AM.

No injuries were reported and the damage was contained to three buses. The fire is not considered suspicious but the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

BC Hydro will be conducting controlled burning of debris as part of Site C

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro will be conducting controlled burning of debris as part of the Site C project.

BC Hydro will be conducting controlled burning of debris as part of the Site C project from Saturday, November 16th, 2019 to Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 in the following location:

  • South bank of the Peace River roughly 3.5 km SE of Bear Flat
  • Peace Canyon Road, south side of the Peace River, approximately 6 km SW of Hudson’s Hope
  • Trapper Main FSR, approximately 8 km SE of Hudson’s Hope
  • Medicine Woman Road, approximately 16 km NNW of Moberly Lake and 33km NNW of Chetwynd
  • Boucher Lake Road, approximately 16 km N of Moberly Lake and 34 km N of Chetwynd
  • 410 Road, approximately 18 km SW of Fort St. John
  • Icebridge Road, approximately 12 km S of Fort St. John

BC Hydro burns debris that cannot be removed, mulched or chipped. BC Hydro states burning is carefully planned and monitored. This includes the timing, size and location of the woodpiles, and the amount of smoke emitted.

To view regulatory requirements and the Site C Smoke Management Plan, CLICK HERE.

BC Hydro shares burning can only occur in the fall and winter months during a specific weather condition, known as a venting window. A venting window means that there is enough positive atmospheric pressure and airflow to disperse the smoke.

Buick Outdoors promoting ice fishing for kids with giveaway

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local not for profit organization, Buick Outdoors, wants to get more people outdoors and currently has a giveaway to encourage kids to ice fish.

Sheldon Marion of Buick Outdoors shares, the contests and giveaways are important because it gets kids and adults involved in the outdoors, as there are many kids that have never caught a fish or fed their family with something that they have provided and there’s a lot of disconnection from the wildlife.

“We do these contests to give people an opportunity to get some of the equipment needed to enjoy a outdoor activity. Lots of kids and adults want to head out to the woods to do some sort of an outdoor activity but don’t really know where to go, what to do or what is needed to start  so I’m trying to give them a head start and some knowledge to get them started,” said Marion.

The current giveaway being hosted on the Buick Outdoors FB Page, is an opportunity to win everything needed to go ice fishing. Included in the prize is;

  • 6″ Rapala Ice Auger
  • Two Red Wolf Pro Series Rod and Reel Combo’s with Trilene cold-weather line
  • Plano Tacklebox
  • Split Shot Weights, Baitholder Hooks, Ice Scooper and an extra spool of Trilene cold-weather line

To enter the giveaway you need to submit a picture of your kids enjoying your favourite winter activity. To participate in the contest, CLICK HERE 

The submission date must be received by December, 15th, 2019.

The $200 worth of prizes were provided by AQT Water Management and John McPherson.

Marion goes on to share, he hopes the people that win these contests take the prizes out with family or friends and make memories in the outdoors, in turn making the outdoors a part of their life and start making their own traditions and memories that’ll last a lifetime.

“The bottom line is I want to see more kids outside doing something and connecting with nature and not be sitting inside on their electronics,” said Marion.

MP Bob Zimmer – Weekly Report – Farmers struggling in the Peace

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All of us in the Peace Region know what a cold and rainy summer we just had and no one has felt it harder than our local farming community.

With wet fields, our farmers struggled to harvest their crops this fall and the early snow only made the situation worse with many being forced to leave their crops in the ground until spring as snow covered their fields.

This year has been so bad for our region that the Peace River Regional District has announced that on November 27 it will hold a special meeting with local farmers and producers so that they can discuss the full extent of the crisis. I will be keeping a close eye on this meeting and am committed to providing any support I can at the federal level.

I have also received a letter from the Peace River Regional District about their concerns with the current state of our local agriculture industry. I share their concerns and will be writing to the federal agriculture minister as soon as the new cabinet for the upcoming Parliament is sworn in on November 20.

Our region’s farmers are not the only ones facing this growing crisis. Many in Alberta are also dealing with these same issues, which is why some Conservative Alberta MPs recently met to discuss how our Conservative caucus can support our struggling agricultural community. With the ongoing crisis in our region, I will also be bringing the concerns of our farmers to our Conservative caucus as well.

To those farmers who are struggling, know that we are here to provide any support we can so please contact my office in Fort St. John at 250-787-1192 or Bob.Zimmer.C1A@parl.gc.ca, my office in Dawson Creek at 250-719-6848 or Bob.Zimmer.C1B@parl.gc.ca, my office in Prince George at 250-561-7982 or Bob.Zimmer.C1@parl.gc.ca, or my Ottawa office at 613-947-4524 or Bob.Zimmer@parl.gc.ca.

Land affected by Keystone pipeline leak bigger than thought

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BISMARCK, N.D. — A crude oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in eastern North Dakota has turned out to have affected almost 10 times the amount of land as first reported, a state regulator said Monday.

North Dakota environmental scientist Bill Suess said the leak reported on Oct. 29 is now estimated by state regulators to have affected about 209,100 square feet (19,426 square meters) of land near Edinburg. State regulators had said the leak affected about 22,500 square feet (2,090 square meters) of land.

Calgary, Alberta-based TC Energy, formerly known as TransCanada, estimated its pipeline leaked an estimated 383,000 gallons (1.4 million litres) of oil. Suess said that estimate has not changed.

The cause of the spill is still unknown. An affected portion of the pipe has been sent to a third-party laboratory for inspection, as required by federal regulators.

TC Energy said the pipeline returned to service on Nov. 10 after approval of a repair and restart plan by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

The company has not given an estimate on the land that was affected, Suess said. The initial estimate by state regulators was “a quick and dirty look at it,” he said. “We did have some surface expansion since then.”

The company reported late Sunday that it had recovered about 337,550 gallons (1.2 million litres) of oil, along with 141,834 gallons (536,900 litres) of oily water, Suess said.

Cleanup crews and state regulators remained at the site on Monday. Some wetlands were affected, but not any sources of drinking water, he said.

TC Energy has said people were at the site working around the clock to clean up the spill. Suess said the cleanup work was cut to daylight hours on Monday.

The company has referred questions to its website but has not updated it in more than a week.

TC Energy has put up berms around the affected area and is excavating contaminated soil from the entire site, at depths of up to 6 feet (1.8 metres), Suess said. The oily soil is being stockpiled and will be taken to a landfill in Sawyer, North Dakota, he said.

“We really don’t have any risk of anything spreading at this point,” he said.

Crude began flowing through the $5.2 billion pipeline in 2011. It’s designed to carry crude oil across Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri on the way to refineries in Patoka, Illinois and Cushing, Oklahoma. It can handle about 23 million gallons (87 million litres) daily.

It is part of a system that also is to include the proposed $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline designed to transport the oil from western Canada to terminals on the Gulf Coast.

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline has drawn opposition from people who fear it will cause environmental damage.

James MacPherson, The Associated Press

Grande Prairie RCMP seek public’s assistance in locating missing man

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GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 72-year-old William Ards.

According to RCMP, Ards was last heard from on September 17, 2019, prior to leaving on a holiday. Ards was to return to Grande Prairie on October 21.

Ards is described as:

·         Caucasian

·         Grey hair

·         Blue eyes

·         5’10 and 160 lbs

RCMP say there is a concern for Ards’ well-being and would like to speak with him as soon as possible.

If you have information regarding his whereabouts, you are being asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Fort St. John Hospital Foundation’s Angel Wings Window

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation has been celebrating ‘Be an Angel’ Month, and one of the many ways to participate is by taking a photo in front of the Foundation’s Angel Wings Window.

A pair of angel wings have been painted on the Foundation’s office windows, located at the FSJ Hospital. The Foundation is encouraging people to take a selfie, or a picture of someone with the wings behind them then share the image on your social media with the hashtag and tag the campaign with #BeAnAngel or @fsjhospitalfoundation

The wings will be available from November through to December as a way to bring visibility to helping the Hospital Foundation reach its ‘Be an Angel’ fundraising goal of $250,000.

To see images already shared, CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

 

NEBC Bantam Predators win Silver at Wickfest 2019

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C. Bantam Predators were in Calgary over the weekend, November 14 to the 17, for the 2019 edition of Wickfest.

In game one of Wickfest, the Predators took on the Edmonton Girls Bantam team. The Predators were able to beat Edmonton with a victory of 9-3.

Then for game two of Wickfest, the Predators faced the Burnaby Wildcats. In this game, despite best efforts, the Predators fell to the Wildcats with a score of 5-0.

In game three, the Predators would bounce-back as they took on the Saskatoon Comets. The Predators managed to win 2-0 over Saskatoon.

Then for game four of Wickfest, the Predators took on the St. Albert Wildcats. In this game, Predators were on their way to the gold medal final as they beat St. Albert with a strong lead of 8-1.

In the end, after a great weekend of play, the Predators went home with silver in the gold medal final.

NEBC Yukon Midget Trackers sweep weekend series against Leduc Roughnecks

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C. Yukon Midget Trackers were home over the weekend, November 16 and 17, for a two-game series as they took on the Leduc Roughnecks.

For game one on Saturday, the Trackers hosted the Roughnecks as part of a Movember game, raising awareness for Men’s Health.

It took quite some time for either team to score during the first period but, eventually, at 3:48 remaining in the frame, the Trackers’ Colby Busche scored a goal on the Roughnecks, with assists by Mason Gosling and Kaden Arberry, making the score 1-0.

At  3:51 into the second period, the Roughnecks would score a goal on a power play making the score tied at one apiece.

Then at 7:10 into the frame, Markus Ruehl would score one on Leduc, with an assist by Brandon Modde, making the score 2-1.

The Roughnecks would tie the score again 9:52 into the period, making it tied at two apiece.

Then with 6:02 remaining in the second period, the Roughnecks would score again, taking the lead 3-2 over the Trackers.

Eventually, at 16 seconds left in the period, Kurtis Lee would make an unassisted goal on the Roughnecks making the score tied at three apiece as they headed into the third.

At 4:53 into the third period, Raymond Dick would score on Leduc, with an assist by Noah Lang, making the score 4-3 over the Roughnecks.

Then at 9:58 remaining in the frame, Kurtis Lee would score his second goal of the game, with assists by Brandon Modde and Jaydon Viens, making the final score 5-3.

For game two on Sunday, the Trackers would continue their winning streak as they beat the Roughnecks with a score of 6-0, sweeping the entire weekend with two wins.

Currently, in the Northern Division Standings, the Trackers are now in first place with eight wins, one loss, and one tie.

Up next, the Trackers will be on the road on the weekend, November 23 and 24, to Fort McMurray as they take on the Barons.

Christmas Kettle Kickoff Party for the Salvation Army

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Catherine Dragojevich, the RBC Specialist and RE/MAX Action Realty, have teamed up to host a fundraising event on behalf of the Salvation Army Food Bank.

Friday, November 22nd, 2019, at The Canadian Brewhouse, will be the Kickoff Party for the Christmas Kettle Season from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $20 in advance and at the door. The ticket includes one beverage and a pizza buffet from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

The event will include a 50/50 draw, door prizes, and a silent auction.

To purchase tickets, contact Catharine Dragojevich 250-262-8571, RE/MAX Action Realty 250-785-5520, or by calling 250-261-1933

For more information on the Red Kettle Campaign, CLICK HERE.

 

Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign starts November 18th to December 24th

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Salvation Army’s most recognizable, Red Kettle Campaign starts today, at visible locations around town.

The Annual Red Kettle Campaign runs Monday, November 18th, 2019 to December 24th, 2019, proceeds raised from the campaign sponsors the Salvation Army’s Food Bank.

The goal for this year’s campaign is to raise $75,000, which will sustain the Food Bank for the entire year. Monies also go to help operate the Family Services Program that directly helps people in need.

“The only way we can have a Food Bank in FSJ is through donated dollars,” says Cameron Eggie, Executive Director of The Salvation Army Northern Centre of Hope. “While we are partnered with Food Bank B.C. no operational Dollars are available through that membership.”

The Red Kettles are a vital campaign and success comes from Volunteers that can fill shifts in manning the Kettles. Shifts are two hours long, and there are no requirements to being a Kettle Volunteer, orientation is done through email and over the phone. Every Kettle represents funding for the Food Bank.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Red Kettle Campaign, call the Volunteer Coordinator Tatiana (250) 261-1933