Even though I pay for a copy of the The Globe and Mail, I may seem to be a marketing rep. Can’t help it though when articles show up like this Mark Hume item.
Hume describes a public information meeting held in the small village of Kaslo for a proposed power project :
For more than three hours, people voiced their opposition to the project and the official attendance count was 1,100 – more than the entire population of Kaslo.
It was a clear sign of the enormous interest in and opposition to the proposed Glacier/Howser independent power proposal, or IPP. The project would see five dams built on the two thundering creeks to generate about 90 megawatts of power for Purcell Green Power Inc., a subsidiary of AXOR Group.
The public comment period for this project has closed at the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO). Most comments argue against the Glacier/Howser plan.
The agency does not want a repeat of public outcry on another project so they made an executive decision that the proposed Gold River Power Project will not require an environmental assessment certificate and may proceed without an assessment. I am reminded of the old lawyer’s quip:
Never ask a question if you don’t want to know the answer.
Can someone tell me why we are on a sudden rush to generate power by destroying rivers in the wilderness? Is the need so intense that it cannot pause for thorough and honest public review?