REPORTING · 6th July 2010
There is a meeting tonight in Kitimat, July 6th to address the issue of the Eurocan Viability Study. The meeting will be at 7:00 at Riverlodge and discuss the Coop scenario. The deadline has been further extended to July 15th.
”We have been given till the 15th to come up with a credible investor and if a credible investor was been found by then, the deadline could be extended to facilitate any deals to be might be made,” said Councillor Randy Halyk, one of Kitimat’s City Council’s two representatives with the Eurocan Viability Study.
He explained the meeting is about investing in the Eurocan Mill and he encouraged everyone in Kitimat to contribute money to the cause. He added there will be 270 jobs in Kitimat and more in the forest.
”It relates to this opportunity with the new model that was identified by Pyroy. Yes there may be more raw logs shipped out because of this but the potential is to create a new forestry industry in the Northwest and that means, within three to five years, the potential for sawmills to be created which will produce jobs, lumber and individual fibre which is virtually free to the mill. It will increase the viability of that mill,” said Halyk.
Meanwhile, other tires are still spinning. Council was planning to meet with Gordon Campbell after the Olympics. Councillor Gerd Gottschling reccomended it to try and obtain Provincial support for the purchase of the mill back in January. This meeting has yet to take place.
”It has not taken place yet, he said that he wanted, first of all, to have the Olympics finished and then it would be some time in the late summer or early fall,” said Mayor Joanne Monaghan at Council on June 21st.
The office of the Premier stated on June 22nd that Campbell has been mostly in Victoria for the last couple months due to the legislature. As of June 22nd, the travel dates had not been confirmed. However, with the Meeting of the Union of BC Municipalities coming up, Council will have an opportunity to meet with him. The Office of the Priemier also stated several ministers have been up to visit Kitimat recently as well.