LETHBRIDGE: The Board of Trustees for Lethbridge School
District 51 is joining the growing number of people with concerns centred around
the proposed Penny Project on the west side.
The project would see Goldenkey drill for oil within city limits.
Board Chair Mich Forster explains they're current standpoint on the issue,
"We may or may not oppose it, we're at the point now where we have concerns. We
will make our final position known at our January board meeting."
Forster noted that they have taken steps to make sure they stay involved in
the process, "We're worried that if the application to drill goes forward early
in the New Year, that we need to be in a position to participate in any hearings
that there might be, and so what we have done is we made application to the
Alberta Energy Regulator to have stakeholder status."
Forster also outlined what bothers them the most, "Our overriding concern is
location of oil wells within fairly short distance of at least two of our
schools, and then also because our families live on the west side and many will
have homes there in the future. We want to make sure that safety issues for our
families and community are looked at."
The next board meeting regarding the Penny Project is scheduled for January