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REPORTING · 17th August 2011
Walter McFarlane
Mayor Joanne Monaghan provided an update at the City Council Meeting on August 15th. She repeated her update from the previous Council meeting as it had occurred on a Tuesday rather then a Monday.

“The great news is that after 2 years, after speaking to a developer almost every day, for the 1 million dollar grant, it came through for Pytrade International. Pytrade is a company in Germany who produces Pyrolysis Machines, which in turn, turns wood waste into hydro. They will be giving us two machines free and using Kitimat as a pilot project for new green energy,” said Monaghan.

This will result in Greenhouses and there is a letter of intent is on file from Overwaitea for them to use the products raised in the Greenhouse. Another project they are looking at is a biomass research centre between the University of Hamburg in Germany and Pytrade. Finally, they are also looking at Pellet and Briquette plants utilizing wood waste and cardboard.

“It is really an exciting time,” said Monaghan.

Council has been meeting with groups including Encana, the Minister of Indian Affairs and the Chairman of Northern Caucus

The Ferry Task Force is coming along. The Kitimat and Terrace Chambers have joined on. The unsightly premises task force has one property which is worked on. The Housing Task Force is on holiday.

“These task forces are not an order of Council. They are something that the Mayor set up and although Council can become members and owners of them at any time, some Councillors have already chosen to be on these committees and they have chosen to be part of these task forces,” said Monaghan.

She moved back to Pytrade to add they have further funding from government because of their work with Pacific Carbon Trust to participate in a carbon offset program. Pytrade offers a CO2 neutral concept to Kitimat. Pytrade is the only Pacific Carbon Trust program in Northern British Columbia. This gives Council the ability to approach the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and apply for the bear green fund.
Comment by sceptic on 17th August 2011
this article needs an editor, do you know the difference between a million and a billion? and try to spell Encana right.
Makes the article look stupid.