Thanks to MLA Norm Macdonald

Dear Editor,Re: MLA brings IPP petition to legislature (Feb 23, 2011 Golden Star)I would like to thank our MLA, Norm Macdonald, for presenting the over 500 signatures that oppose the development of Selkirk Powers proposed Independent Power Projects to the Legislature.  I agree with Mr. Macdonald when he suggests that we as residents of Golden (the Columbia Valley and beyond) “do not support these projects”.Selkirk Powers’ Doug Hurst is quick to assert that they have “exceeded permitting requirements at every turn” throughout their application process.  Whether or not this is truly the case makes little difference to me.  I, for one, do not support the current provincial government’s policy that makes it feasible and financially attractive for this type of private, for profit development to exist.  The rivers that these projects target belong to all British Columbians, and the value they hold must remain in the public trust.I believe the time is now to pursue locally generated green energy alternatives.  This pursuit must be done in a truly environmentally responsible way that benefits all citizens of BC.  The expected 30 per cent increase over three years on our hydro bills should not be filling the pockets of private developers like Selkirk Power.On March 15th at 6:30 pm, Doug Hurst will be presenting to Golden Town Council.  I plan on attending, hopefully standing beside the hundreds of people that, like me, signed the petition against these projects.  Mr. Hurst assures us “that his company has done an extensive review of all aspects of potential impact.”  I suggest that he has overlooked one significant potential impact, the impact of community members standing together saying ‘Our Rivers Are Not For Sale!’Sincerely,~Garret BoydParson, BC    

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