Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Logging protests continue, now into Day 15

Protests continued yesterday
west of Beaver Mines as loggers
and officials came and went

C. Davis photo
Chris Davis

A CP wire story titled "Alberta officials dismantle logging protester camp" that was released last night, January 25, is inaccurate. According to an email received by Gordon Petersen, "The camp is still there. Protestors will be out again this morning."

9 trucks filled with SRD officials, RCMP, Spray Lake Sawmills staff visited the site yesterday, fired up the two machines on site, and then hung around for about an hour and a half before leaving the site again, and did not return. Of those various officials, none were willing to comment to the press, which at the time consisted of me, about the situation.

At the same time, a group of concerned business people from the area were in Lethbridge holding a press conference at the same hotel as Alberta Premier Alison Redford was holding a "Cabinet Tour Luncheon".   Alan Brice of Alberta Fly Fishing Adventures and Jacques Thouin and Rebecca Holand of the Beaver Mines General Store spoke to the media, voicing their concerns.  Premier Redford told the press in Lethbridge that the logging project would continue.

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