Mayor Don Scott wants more people living in our region.
On Saturday, Scott addressed the Joint Review Panel for the proposed Teck Resources Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project.
He tells Mix News the main focus of his presentation was reiterating the importance of oilsands companies hiring locally and reducing fly in-fly out.
“We want more people living in our region. We don’t want people flying in and out of our region – we want them living here. One of the things I spoke to the panel about was – if you extract resources from our region, you should be living in the region,” said Scott.
“Right after I spoke, one of the gentlemen working for Teck came down and talked to me and said they took what I said very seriously and they’re going to be looking at having their employees live in the region – which obviously, is good news to me.”
The Joint Review Panel has been hearing from different organizations and groups on the proposed mine on for almost a month in Fort McMurray.
Back on the first day of the public hearing last month, Teck said all 14 of the impacted First Nation and Metis communities have reached agreements with them.
One of the last to shake hands with the oil giant was the Mikisew Cree First Nation – as pointed out by Chief Archie Waquan.
He says while they don’t believe it’s a perfect agreement – citing issues with the project – they are comfortable enough with Teck’s plans moving forward.
If approved, the project, located 110 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, would produce up to 260,000 barrels per day for roughly 41 years.