There was a small gathering of businesspersons at the Chamber of Commerce on Tueday, June 1st for an information session on how to provide feedback on the electrification of Highway 37 North.
“What we’re doing today is giving people information on how to upload their comments to the BC Environmental Assement Office's website with respect to the Northwest Transmission line. My job is just to show people how to do that online and we’re in support of the Northwest Transmission Line. But it’s important that people who have any comments on it to up load their comments, cause this is a public comment period,” said Sarah Zimmerman of SAZ Communications Ltd.
During her presentation, she showed how to upload your comments to the website. She stated a majority of the comments were coming from Terrace and she hoped to see comments from Kitimat. She stated there is a lot of support for the project and some groups have uploaded letters to the website as well.
Zimmerman believes the project will be benefiicial to the Sacred Circle as it will help bring power to mining projects which have been planned, as well as creating opportunities for other businesses in the region and businesses which are looking at the region.
Other people will benefit both in the construction of the line as well as in supplying for the construction. She also suspects there will be an increase at the retail level simply because of all the speculation.
Finallly, Zimmerman anticipates this will bring more economic development opportunity to locations which currently do not have much in the way of economic development after the project has been created.
“I’m encouraging anybody who has concerns or supports it or otherwise to upload their comments to the website,” said Zimmerman.
People who wish to comment have until June 10th to upload their comments to the website: www.eao.gov.bc.ca/feeback/NTL.html
. This can also be done by mailing it to: Kathy Eichenberger, Project Assessment Director, Enviromental Office, PO Box 9426 Stn. Prov Gov’t, Victoria, BC V8W 9V1 or faxing it to 250-387-2208.