Public Comment Meeting in Nelson On Glacier/Howser Project

Save Our Rivers Society spokesperson Rafe Mair will be one of four speakers at a public meeting in Nelson to discuss the largest private river power proposal in the region: the 125-megawatt 5-river diversion Glacier/Howser project - located in the Purcell Wilderness, northeast of Kootenay Lake.

The meeting will be held on July 15 at 7 PM at the Prestige Inn - 701 Lakeside, Nelson, BC

Mair joins Joe Foy of the Wilderness Committee, Sage Aaron of the "Take Back the Power" campaign, and Lee-Ann Unger of the West Kootenay EcoSociety at the meeting hosted by local Nelson-Creston NDP MLA Michelle Mungall. Mungall, who expects a large turnout for the event, decided to host her own public meeting when the project proponent - Montreal-based construction giant Axor Group - and the provincial and federal governments declined multiple requests to hold a public comment meeting in Nelson, the region's largest city. The denial resulted in 1,100 people from around the Kootenays and province packing a recent meeting in nearby Kaslo (more than the town's population of 1,000!) to say a resounding "no" to the massive proposal and the BC private energy plan which has seen hundreds of rivers around the province claimed by private power interests.

Watch Damien Gillis' 5 min or 2 min video of the event here: http://saveourrivers.ca/video-library-mainmenu-29/393-glacier-howser-kaslo

Read Rafe Mair's recent FLOW article on the meeting and project proposal: http://saveourrivers.ca/latest-news-mainmenu-38/sors-blog-mainmenu-43/397-rafe55

The Nelson meeting will involve short presentations by the four guest speakers, followed by audience questions and discussion - but the primary focus is for the public to have an opportunity to write informed comments to the Environmental Assessment Office regarding the project. All necessary supplies will be made available.

Those who cannot attend the Nelson meeting can send their comments on the proposed project to:

Save Our Rivers Press release from Rafe Mair

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