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REPORTING · 18th December 2013
Walter McFarlane
The first presentation at the Council Meeting on December 16th came from Marc Douglas and David Molinski from Kitimat LNG.

“We wanted to give you an update on the site activities, talk a little bit about the industrial site and people driving by see that there are a lot of things going on there. We want to give you an idea of what we’re going to be doing there and what our plans are going to be in the future. We’re going to be sharing information on that early in the New Year. We want to give an update on Clio Bay and a chance for a Q&A session if that works for you,” said Molinski.

He expressed they have a much more significance presence in the community, there is a lot of work going on in Kitimat and that should increase. They have completed their deep soil mixing, stabilizing the foundation areas at their site. They have finished tree falling, the road is almost complete.

They are doing a soft start up at their camp. They have 135 rooms in use and a kitchen and recreation area. They want to increase it to 287 beds this spring and then 600 beds by mid-2014 and will keep Council informed. Their office will also be at their industrial site.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff wanted to know more about the Eurocan demolition. He was told they are still working on the plan and there will be an open house in February with more information. Councillor Rob Goffinet agreed the Eurocan site looked different.

On the topic of Clio Bay, Molinski told Council Kitimat LNG met with the communities of Kitimat and Kitamaat at two open houses and engaged stakeholders.

“We are still working on our execution plan for the project which isn’t together yet and we’ll be starting to share that information with all of the parties once that’s together. We do not have a permit today, or an authorization from the department of fisheries,” said Molinski. “It’s still some time before we get started on that.”

Councillor Phil Germuth stated the Fish Hatchery releases smolts every year, which hug the shore in and around Clio Bay as they travel out to open water. He said they were susceptible to a compromised environment, such as suspended particulate including Arsenic, Zinc, Lead and other metals.

Tim Edgell stepped up and told Council they are concerned about it and they do not want to create sediment laden water and keep the shallows free. They are collecting oceanographic data in the bay to understand currents and the transport of sediments. Germuth asked if they could meet with the fish hatchery on this.

Goffinet asked how much the LNG has invested in Kitimat up until now. Molinski stated he could not give a number, but it is a significant investment. He said they are trying to take as much risk out of the project as possible by improving the site.