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Letter from Saanich about new Coal Plants

Minutes of Council meeting, Dec 11, 2006

NEW COAL FIRED ELECTRICITY GENERATING PLANTS IN BRITISH
COLUMBIA.

Report from Councillor Derman dated December 4, 2006 recommending
Council write to the appropriate provincial authorities opposing the
development of the proposed new coal based electricity generating plants
at Tumbler Ridge and in the Princeton area, and that the letter urge the
province to meet demands for electricity through renewed efforts to support
conservation and through the use of generating methods that contribute
minimally, if at all, to the production of greenhouse gases.

MOVED by Councillor Derman and Seconded by Councillor Sanders:
“That:
1. Council write to the appropriate provincial authorities opposing
the development of the proposed new coal based electricity
generating plants at Tumbler Ridge and in the Princeton area, and
that the letter urge the province to meet demands for electricity
through renewed efforts to support conservation and through the
use of generating methods that contribute minimally, if at all, to
the production of greenhouse gases; and

2. Copies of the report and correspondence be forwarded to all
member Municipalities and Districts in the Union of British
Columbia Municipalities.”

Councillor Derman stated:
– Global warming is a very serious issue and is related to the
population’s activities and the production of greenhouse gases; the
reduction of greenhouse gas needs to be addressed before
catastrophic damage is done.
– The coal technology that is being considered by the provincial
government for proposed new electricity generating plants at Tumbler
Ridge and in the Princeton area will contribute to increased
greenhouse gas production in the province; this kind of technology has
the potential to cause huge problems and is counterproductive.
– It is also recognized that such technologies and plants emit pollutants
that can be harmful to people’s health.

Councillor Hunter stated:
– He would be more comfortable dealing with this issue if he knew
whether or not the District of Tumbler Ridge and the City of Princeton
support the proposed generating plants; it might be more appropriate to
contact those two Municipalities before we proceed with any
correspondence.

Councillor Wergeland stated:
– He does not have enough information about the proposed technology
to make an informed decision.
– Perhaps we should let the general public provide feedback on the issue
and forward it to next year’s Union of British Columbia Municipalities’ (UBCM) Annual Convention for discussion.

Councillor Brownoff stated:
– She supports sending a letter but would like to know who the
appropriate provincial authority is and who will be operating the
facilities.

Mayor Leonard stated:
– We should confirm whether or not this issue has been discussed before
at the UBCM; it might have more impact if the recommendation came
from the UBCM or the Association of Vancouver Island Coastal
Communities (AVICC).

Councillor Derman stated:
– Both the District of Tumbler Ridge and the City of Princeton have been
looking for support from other Municipalities across the Province
although we may not have received letters from them.
– If Council wishes to delay further consideration of the issue until they
have more information it can come forward again in January.

Councillor Brice stated:
– If we forward Councillor Derman’s report to the AVICC requesting their
support and clarification on the issue it may not be necessary to wait
until their Annual Meeting in the spring.
– If the AVICC has received responses from other Municipalities that
information could be sent along with Councillor Derman’s report to the
appropriate provincial authority.

MOVED by Councillor Brice and Seconded by Councillor Brownoff:
“That the December 4, 2006 report of Councillor Derman be forwarded
to the Mayor and Councillors of the District of Tumbler Ridge and City
of Princeton, and to the executives of the Union of British Columbia
Municipalities and Association of Vancouver Island Coastal
Communities, requesting clarification on their positions with regard to
the proposed new coal based electricity generating plants.”

CARRIED

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