November 5, 2013
This past September, B.C. Provincial Minister Thomson, Forests Lands and Natural Resources, responded to Future of Howe Sound Society’s request for a comprehensive plan for Howe Sound. The province believes existing processes currently in place are sufficient. We think they are wrong.
On September 18th, nineteen elected representatives from around Howe Sound met with Minister Thomson and staff to further the request for a comprehensive Marine and Land Use Management Plan but were met with the same response. The provincial government is not interested in what they believe would be a lengthy and costly planning process for Howe Sound and there will be no moratorium on projects at this time. The Province is however, interested in our ongoing discussions and will stay involved to provide advise and assistance where it can.
We believe Minister Thomson is missing the point. There is a need to consider the cumulative impacts of all the proposed projects particularly at this time of cost cutting and staff reductions both with the federal and provincial governments that leaves our environment even more vulnerable.
Our Society will continue to inform and engage the province on what we believe is the urgent need for an overall plan.