The Burns Bog is still a hot topic weeks after the massive blaze was put out.
About 100 people gathered at a public meeting last night between the Corporation and the MK Delta Lands Group, it was voted 62 hectares of the land will be turned into an industrial park, in return, Delta will receive 132 hectares to preserve.
But Burns Bog Conservation society’s Eliza Olson told Council, taking a slice out of the bog will fuel air pollution and could have unpredictable impacts.
“Mother nature has really fired a shot across the bow metaphorically speaking. Fort McMurray? That fire was fueled by drained peat lands. And I understand that some of that fire was 12 feet deep.”
Olson says developing the land violates the “Sustainable Development Goals” that Canada pledged at the Paris climate summit.
“You know it was signed at COP 21, you know if Canada’s signed this and then we turn around and start destroying our peat lands, we’re in contravention of what we agreed to protect and uphold.”
Councilor Sylvia Bishop says more detailed reports are still required before the final reading.