KITIMAT BRIEF: Motion on water supply gets cut down with amendments

A motion from Kitimat Council came out differently than a councillor had originally moved it.

A motion which sought to emphasize the District of Kitimat’s resolve in protecting the community’s water supply got de-clawed from the original councillor’s wording.

“This shows no guts,” said Phil Germuth, reacting to an amendment to his motion made by councillor Edwin Empinado.

Germuth’s motion was initially for the DoK to “require Enbridge to install a leak detection system that can locate small volumes…” where a leak would “impact the Kitimat watershed or the District of Kitimat water intakes.”

His motion kicked off a lively debate, which covered everything from the NIMBYs (Not In My Backyard) to concerns centred on the word “require.”

With Empinado’s amendment, the new motion begins, “That the District of Kitimat meet with Enbridge to discuss installation of leak detection systems…”, removing the ‘require’ part of the motion.

Rob Goffinet, Corinne Scott and Germuth voted against the amendment and later on the entire motion itself, but that left four in favour and it passed.

“It’s a motion consistent with the JRP process and it’s a motion I can support,” said Mario Feldhoff of the final motion.

See the full report on this story here.

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