Masset mayor in talks with DuPont

  • Dec. 13, 2006 5:00 a.m.

Masset mayor Barry Pages is in Prince George today to talk to a large chemical company about the possibility of setting up a small power plant in the village. Mr. Pages said he heard about the opportunity at a Northern Development Initiative meeting last month. The company, DuPont, is looking for one or more pilot project sites for biomass energy systems. The systems will use biomass (such as wood waste) to produce one to three megawatts of energy. “I think it’s a good opportunity for us,” Mr. Pages told council members Monday night (Dec. 11). “There’s lots of opportunity for grants and different scenarios, I think it’s something we should look at.” DuPont officials were scheduled to be in Prince George talking to communities Thursday, and council members agreed to send Mr. Pages to meet with them and explore the idea further. In other Masset news: o The village has sold five industrial park lots so far this year, chief financial officer Kim Mushynsky said, one at the beginning of the year and four recently. All were sold to local residents. There are about 10 lots left in the industrial park. o Mr. Pages was asked by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to speak in Prince George last week about Masset’s success in working jointly with Old Massett on the water and sewer system, the Greater Massett Development Corp. and the hospital. “It was very well received,” he said. “I got lots of positive comments on it.” o Council voted to approve the appointment of Masset resident Jack Litrell as the north end’s director on the GwaiiTel Society, with Port resident Germaine Vigneault as his alternate. Each community on the islands will be a member of the society, Mr. Pages said, and it will have four directors: two appointed by the Council of the Haida Nation, one appointed by the north end communities, and one appointed by the south end communities.

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