Edition: govTogetherBC April 2015
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In this issue:
Greenhouse Gas Reporting Regulation Consultation opened March 19th
The Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act (the Act) enables performance standards to be set for industrial facilities by listing them within a schedule to the Act. The Climate Action Secretariat in the Ministry of Environment is seeking comments from stakeholders, First Nations and the general public on the proposed Reporting Regulation. The proposed Reporting Regulation intentions paper will be open to comment for one month between March 19 and April 20, 2015. Your comments will help the Ministry of Environment set clear, appropriate standards for industrial facilities according to the Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act. Comment today.
Environmental Assessment Discussion opened April 14
Public consultation is an important and necessary aspect of environmental assessments in British Columbia, based on the principle that those affected by proposed projects should have an opportunity to provide input to the assessment. The BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) wants to hear citizens’ ideas about ways to improve the participation of the public in environmental assessment. The EAO will use your feedback to inform the development of guidelines on public consultation in the environmental assessment process, for proponents and the EAO staff. You can share your ideas and feedback online or by email on the engagement website. Comment today.
Trout Creek Draft Management Plan comment period extended to May 15th
Trout Creek Ecological Reserve is 75 hectares, 5 kilometres southwest of Summerland, B.C. Ecological Reserves are areas in British Columbia selected to preserve representative and special natural ecosystems, plant and animal species, features, and phenomena. Ecological reserves are considered to be highly protected areas and least subject to human influence. BC Parks is currently in the process of developing a management plan for Trout Creek. Citizens are invited to review the draft management plan and provide their feedback until May 15, 2015. Comments will be accepted by online form, email and mail. Results on the draft management plan will be posted as they become available. Learn more.
Hamber Park Draft Management Plan closed March 24th
Hamber Provincial Park is 24,000 hectares of densely forested park located on the provincial boundary with Alberta and surrounded on three sides by Jasper National Park. In 1990, Hamber was included in the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site, being recognized for its geological and ecological features. BC Parks is currently in the process of developing a management plan for Hamber Park. Citizens were invited to review the draft management plan and provide their feedback until March 24, 2015. Comments were accepted by online form, email or mail. Results on the draft management plan will be posted as they become available. Learn more.
BC PharmaCare – comments on 3 drugs closed April 8th
PharmaCare only covers drugs that have a proven record of safety and effectiveness as well as providing the best value. Before PharmaCare decides if it will cover a drug, the drug goes through a full review. Patients, caregivers, and patient groups have the opportunity to add their voices to the drug review process. Three drugs were open for public comment until April 8, 2015. Drugs are posted for review on an ongoing basis. All responses that are submitted during the open consultation are sent to the Drug Benefit Council. The Council takes the public’s input into consideration when they make their drug coverage recommendations. Get involved.
Abraham Lincoln Legacy – Premier Clark’s 2015 Letter now part of an online exhibit.
British Columbians were invited to collaborate with Premier Christy Clark on a letter that will appear in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, established to mark the 150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death in April 2015. To prepare this letter, the Premier asked Sam Sullivan, MLA for Vancouver-False Creek, to engage British Columbians to collect their stories relating to Lincoln and the legacy he created. All citizen contributions have been reviewed and the final letter prepared. The letter was paired with previous letters of condolences sent by the Governor and Legislature of the Colony of Vancouver Island to the United States in 1865 following President Lincoln’s assassination. The 2015 letter is now part of an online exhibit available to the world, included in a published volume of selected letters, and a permanent part of the collections. Read the letter.
Harper Creek Mine Project public comments posted
Harper Creek Mining Corporation is proposing the construction and operation of an open-pit, copper-gold-silver mine located 90 kilometres northeast of Kamloops, B.C. The Harper Creek Mine Project is subject to review under both the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Act and is undergoing a coordinated environmental assessment. The Application/Environmental Impact Statement describes the project and its potential to cause environmental, heritage, health, social, and economic effects. The Environmental Assessment Office invited the public to comment on the Application/Environmental Impact Statement of this project from February 19 - March 21, 2015. Additionally, an information session was held on February 24th in Clearwater, B.C. The public comments gathered have now been posted. Read the comments.
Fording River Project public comments posted
Teck Coal Limited is proposing an extension to its existing Fording River Operations located north of Elkford, within the East Kootenay region of southeastern B.C. The proposed Project would maintain the existing production capacity of the Fording River Operations and would extend overall mine life by approximately 23 years. As part of the environmental assessment certificate process, Teck Coal Limited submitted an Application for a certificate (Application) to the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO). The EAO invited comments on the Application to ensure that information and concerns regarding the effects of the Project are identified and responded to during the Review Stage. Additionally, an information session was held on March 4, 2015 in Elkford, B.C. The public comments gathered have now been posted. Read the comments.
Woodfibre LNG Project public comments posted
Woodfibre LNG Limited (Proponent) proposes to develop and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) production facility and floating LNG storage at the former Woodfibre Pulp and Paper Mill site near Squamish, B.C. The Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (EAO) invited public comments on the Application from January 22, 2015 - March 9, 2015. Additionally, the EAO held a series of information sessions where the public can learn about the Application. The intention of seeking public comments is to ensure that all potential effects —environmental, social, heritage and health — that might result from the proposed Project are identified for consideration as part of the assessment process. The public comments gathered have now been posted. Read the letter.
Eagle Mountain Project public comments posted
FortisBC (Proponent) is proposing to expand a portion of its existing Vancouver Island natural gas transmission system (proposed Project). The Project would involve installing about 47 kilometres of 24” natural gas pipeline starting about 35 kilometres north of Coquitlam to the Woodfibre industrial site outside of Squamish, upgrading two of the Proponent’s existing compressor stations and building a new compressor station in Squamish. The Environment Assessment Office (EAO) held a 45 day public comment period (January 26 - March 12, 2015) for submissions related to the Application. The intention of seeking public comments is to ensure that all potential effects –environmental, economic, social, heritage and health – that might result from the proposed Project are identified for consideration as part of the assessment process. Additionally, two information sessions were held to provide information on the Application. The public comments gathered have now been posted. Read the comments.