Training available for Enbridge speakers

Living Oceans will hold another pair of workshops in August.

PORT HARDY —North Island residents registered to make an oral statement the Enbridge Pipeline Joint Review Panel have a few more days to schedule an appointment before the panel visits Port Hardy next month.

The hearings, which have been held in Alberta and B.C. communities since late March, are scheduled in Port Hardy for Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 9 a.m.

Both sessions will take place at the Civic Centre.

The deadline to register to make an oral statement was October of last year.Participants who have registered must schedule their statement through the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s website by July 31 or risk having their registration cancelled.

The online scheduling tool is available at http://gatewaypanel.review-examen.gc.ca/clf-nsi/prtcptngprcss/rlsttmnt-eng.html.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency held a series of workshops to prepare  participants to make their oral statements.

The last workshop has already passed, but local residents have another opportunity to attend a training session in person, courtesy of Living Oceans Society.

Two training sessions will be held, in Sointula Aug. 2 and in Port Hardy Aug. 4.

They will be led by Karen Wistren, who will explain the process, answer questions and help participants craft a strong statement.

In Sointula the session will be held from 7-8 p.m. at 235 First St. Aug. 2.

The Port Hardy session will take place Aug. 4, from 4-5 p.m. at the Quarterdeck Inn.

Both are free, and advance booking is not required. If interested persons cannot attend at these times, LOS may be able to set up a webinar at a convenient time.

For more information, email Wristen at kwristen@livingoceans.org.

The training is being held in conjunction with a visit by Dr. Riki Ott, co-sponsored by Living Oceans Society, on the impact of tanker traffic in coastal waters.

She will speak at 5 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Quarterdeck, immediately following the training session.