Bighorn telephone town hall announced for Drayton Valley residents

By rdnewsNOW and The Canadian Press
January 10, 2019 - 9:47am Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:25pm

A date has been announced for the telephone town hall promised by Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips in order to consult on the Bighorn Country proposal.

Drayton Valley and area residents can take part in the first telephone town hall happening Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

A second telephone town hall is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 16 (6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) for Red Deer and area residents.

To participate, dial 1-877-229-8493 and enter code 115500#. Participants can also listen and ask questions online at vekeo.com/youralberta.

People can continue to review the proposal and provide feedback online by visiting talkaep.alberta.ca. The deadline for submitting feedback is Feb. 15.

Phillips has cancelled four upcoming public information sessions on the Bighorn plan, citing public safety concerns.

She says if she can be satisfied that the in-person sessions can be done safely, they will be held.

In November, Phillips announced eight new parks covering 4,000 square kilometres in the Bighorn area, along the eastern edges of Banff and Jasper national parks.

Residents and area officials have raised concerns about how the project might affect oil and gas exploration, the forestry industry, and off-road vehicle use.

Drayton Valley RCMP weekly report: Jan. 10- Jan. 17

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