Coal Energy Discussion Panel confirmed for the 2007 Community Coal Forum

Coal Energy Discussion Panel Confirmed for the 2007 Community Coal Forum

Most recently coal based energy has been, and will likely continue to be, a hot topic of discussion throughout British Columbia. The Province, through the introduction of its new energy plan, has raised its goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This, in turn, has affected highly debated coal energy projects being proposed in both Northeastern and Southeastern BC. Despite the fact that public awareness and concern about coal energy has increased in recent years, the opportunity for well-informed discussion from a variety of perspectives at the community level has not really transpired in our region. It is with this in mind that the 2007 Northeastern BC Community Coal Forum organizing committee has assembled a discussion panel for Thursday October 11th to address whether or not coal based energy should play a role in supplying BC?s future energy needs. The challenge was to assemble a group of knowledgeable people that represented the full spectrum of interests towards this contentious issue. This challenge was met and the confirmed panellists are as follows:

oBob Stobbs ? Executive Director for the Canadian Clean Power Coalition

oBrad Hope ? Save Our Similkameen (Princeton, BC)

oDavid Fawcett – Hillsborough Resources

oMinistry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

oChief Roland Wilson ? West Moberly First Nations

oBarbara Swail – South Peace Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association

In keeping with the spirit of healthy debate and discussion, Forum attendees will have the chance to weigh in by asking questions of the panellists following their presentations. This portion of the 2007 Coal Forum, taking place on the afternoon of October 11th, promises to be a lively, engaging and not-to-be-missed event. For more information, including event registration, please visit www.TumberRidge.ca, or contact Ray Proulx at (250) 242-4242 ext. 225 or edo@dtr.ca.