Biogas opposition should be no surprise

This project had been conceived more than two years before area residents became aware of it

Biogas opposition should be no surprise

Re: Biogas proponent surprised by opposition

The opposition to this project should have come as no surprise to the development proponent. It is almost inconceivable that someone about to embark on such a major project — one for which there is no precedent on Vancouver Island — would fail to test the waters of public opinion ahead of time. This project had been conceived more than two years before area residents became aware of it, yet no one had been advised by so much as a conversation over the fence. Surely when embarking on such a venture, a responsible proponent would find out what local residents felt about it before investing vast sums of money. Rather than being a straight shooter, it seems that this proponent has no bullets in his gun.

Perhaps a farmer with no development experience would make this mistake, but surely Fortis BC and their community relations people would be accustomed to testing public opinion before banking on a biogas project in the middle of a quiet residential community.

Ian Wilson

Mill Bay

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