Last week I wrote about meeting with Spectra Energy to hear of their plans for pumping north-east gas to the coast. Then I mentioned the day-long session with Cardero’s (Carbon Creek) environmental assessment process. I followed that with giving notice of Coastal Gas Link’s open house in Chetwynd on March 25. I’ll look for you there in the Aspen Room at the Rec Centre sometime between five and seven o’clock.
Friday , March 8, was my fun day, the day that every Mayor lives to enjoy. You see, I had the very great pleasure of saying Yes to the invitation to judge science projects at the Don Titus Elementary School. Then I had the even-greater pleasure of actually judging the science projects of the grade four class. Not only that, your young generation was very happy to welcome the Mayor to their school playground and classroom. Great kids coming up! I hope you parents realize the awesome privilege and opportunity you have to help shape future Homemakers, Mayors, Teachers, Skilled Operators, Artisans, Trades people, Scientists, and all the others it takes to keep our society healthy and smoothly functioning.
Right here, in our home town, there are some very smart, maybe brilliant, young people faithfully and carefully working at their jobs of learning! I was astonished at the insight and organization displayed in the projects. Parents, you can be proud of your children!
Then I had to come back to my earth and accept that there was other work to do.
March 12: The Spectra Gas Transmission Working Group met for a day-long session in Fort St. John. Place the stress on the working – government agencies, First Nations, and community representatives spent the hours combing over the Spectra proposal to ensure that threats to community, historical and cultural remains, and environment were eliminated or minimized.
March 13: Still involved with industrial development, I sat down in the Mayor’s office with Peace River Coal to be updated on their Roman Mine plans. This mine is south of Tumbler Ridge and of lesser importance to Chetwynd than the Willow Creek or Brule mines so I haven’t been giving it a lot of thought time. However, I did appreciate gaining some level of understanding of the operation.
March 13: A Thursday night special meeting of the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) Board to discuss an analysis of the potential impacts of the proposed Site C dam occupied some quality time. Because it was so late and because the snow made driving hazardous, I stayed in Dawson Creek to attend the regular meeting of the PRRD Board. And so home by way of Fort St. John because the Hart Highway was closed at East Pine.
March 18: A teleconference with the Walter Energy Canadian VP to discuss the boundary expansion.
Judging from the major focus of my activity over the last couple of weeks, you might guess that our great north east is already an industrial power source.
Merlin Nichols, Mayor