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Presentation on resource development draws full house

Treaty Eight Tribal Chief, Liz Logan was in Smithers on the weekend to talk about the effects of resource development on Northern B.C.

Logan says her presentation, Fracking Our Future covers many different projects and the effects on the environment.

“I talk about forestry, they still take eight million cubic meters of timber out of our territory. I talk about mining, four large mines in our area and six about to be approved and 14 on deck. I talk about the big dams in our area. We have one major river, The Peace River and they have already got two dams on it and now they want to out a third one.”

She says the presentation also covered the oil industry, the oil process, spills and the impacts on the land and wildlife.

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“We (First Nations) have never been opposed to development. We just want them to do things differently, more sustainably, more slowly and look at the big picture. Do some baseline studies, do a regional strategic environmental assessment of all the cumulative impacts of regional development in our area. why go in and deplete the resource so quickly and not leave anything for future generations.”

The presentation at the Old Church drew a standing room only crowd.

She has another presentation tonight in Hazelton and a meeting with the Wet’suwet’en tomorrow before heading to Terrace and Kitimat.

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