Communities Unite around Coalbed Methane Action Plan

first_imgSeveral BC Communities have created a coalbed methane action plan.A coalition of citizens’ groups has launched a province-wide campaign around a 5 point action plan they say could end the current stalemate on coalbed methane development.The group includes members from every region of the province including Hudson’s Hope. Their plan includes 4 key policy improvements including local communities having a clear say in deciding where and how CBM projects proceed, CBM projects undergo mandatory environmental assessments that address cumulative impacts, regulations promised in BC’s Energy Plan are fully implemented and enforced and sufficent funds are in place to prove the safety current technologies.- Advertisement -Coalbed Methane projects have been or are currently proposed in BC’s Hudson’s Hope area, Vancouver Island and Elk Island. Earlier this year the Union of BC Municipalities and BC First Nations called for a moratorium on Coalbed Methane drilling.In July of this year Vancouver based Canada Energy partners confirmed the start of a project near Hudson’s Hope. There is a potential for 315 well locations with the Hudson’s Hope project.last_img read more

Another $150,000 for Passivhaus

first_imgCabinets are expected to cost an additional $22,000, to go along with $10,000 to make it universally accessible, and almost $16,000 to change the site to behind the current fire hall. Senior management also made the decision to build it to certify with German Passivhaus Standards, which brings a $44,000 price tag, plus the additional cost of specific “certified” building material. “We could have built it without the certification, but built it Passivhaus-like, but really because it’s a demonstration project, we really lose a lot of status that comes with it if you don’t go for the full certification to prove that you can do it in Fort St. John,” argues Hunter. In addition to all that, some of the costs like excavation and crane fees that were already approved were higher than expected, to the tune of over $22,000. All together, based on the original scope of the project, it is approximately $40,000 over budget, and the completed project cost with the extra work is expected to be $490,000. Despite that, it’s believed the house will still achieve council’s goal of having it cost no more per square foot than a standard house in Fort St. John. Advertisement “When you build this house this far north, there’s lessons that you learn,” admits Ackerman. “We believe that we have built a good example of how it will work.” Once finished, the Passivhaus would be the most northern in Canada, matched worldwide only by one in Finland. $300,000 was originally included in the 2013 Capital Budget, and the additional $150,000 will come from the Fair Share Reserve. Council only decided in late April that the house will be used as a temporary living area and recruitment incentive for new employees for the first year, and be turned into a single family home. “In order for us to encourage others who are building homes and developers to take this route, to get the real return on the investment, to see what that’s going to be, you need to have a family living in there,” maintains Mayor Lori Ackerman. – Advertisement -However, City Manager Dianne Hunter explains that meant the addition of work like cabinets, appliances, and furniture to the original plan. “Once council made the decision that we would like to put a family in there, and monitor its energy consumption,” she says, “then of course we realized we needed to put a kitchen in there, and then finish it and bring it up to occupancy permit stage.” Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgNew Year’s Eve at the Doon Well in Termon will be marked once again with the traditions of the past and the Rosary will be recited at midnight.RTE filming at Doon WellThe Doon Well continues to attract large numbers at this time of year and again on May Eve.Tomorrow night, December 31st, the ceremonies begin in St. Columba’s Church in Termon at 8.00pm with the Holy Hour followed at 9.00 with the Mass. This Mass is being offered for the intentons of the pilgrims going to the Doon Well and for the Holy Souls. Then at 10.30 the Pilgrimage Walk begins from St. Columba’s Church to makes its way for midnight arrival at the Well. This walk is a very important part of the ceremony with prayers being recited and the candlelit process has a group carrying a statue of the Blessed Virgin as the main part of the event.The Rosary, led by Fr. Pat McHugh begins at midnight and then the water is blessed as many pilgrims mark the New Year with the making of the Turas.Please arrive early and be guided by the local stewards in charge of parking on the night. Everyone is most welcome.  DOON WELL TRADITIONS EXPECTED TO ATTRACT LARGE CROWDS ON NEW YEAR’S EVE was last modified: December 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDoon WellNew Year’s Evelast_img read more