Letter to The Editor

First of all I would like to point out that my heart is strongly behind the future economic growth of Tumbler Ridge, and has been since my family and I first visited here in 1982. It was at that time that we decided this was paradise, and moved here as soon as possible in 1983.

The last number of years I have worked full time in the bush as a logging contractor. As anyone who knows me will attest, almost all of my leisure time has also been spent in the woods, hunting, camping or for any other excuse I could come up with.

I am passionate about the forest and its inhabitants so my views are based on their welfare. As I and my wife listen to the local and world news avidly, we are well aware of climate change and how it is affecting many things. It seems acid rain, mercury and carbon dioxide emissions are a hot topic lately. It appears that the world is finally waking up to the fact that we must become better stewards of our planet. There is a lot in the news about the cleanup of waterways etc. in Canada and in other parts of the world.

Smog is a big problem in many cities-Ontario is a good example as industrial pollution is very high there. One cleanup effort they are pursuing is the elimination of coal fired power generation. At present, to my knowledge, here in the North our forests, streams, and wildlife are for the most part still quite healthy. I see no reason to take a step in the wrong direction.

I realize we thrive on the growth of the economy and the generation of power is highly important to our needs. However, if there is a choice, let?s make the best one. We can do this by getting involved and active in the decision making which will affect everyone?s future.

At the public meeting regarding the coal fired power generation plant held here recently, it was unanimously agreed that a public hearing should take place. This would ensure that everyone will have input as to the direction in which we should proceed.

?Healthy forests and rivers help make healthy people.?