As part of Lake Babine Nation’s biomass project, the province provided $110,000 for a skills training program in which seven local First Nations people received on-the-job training in 2015. (Submitted photo)

Lake Babine Nation biomass project shelved

Lake Babine Nation will focus on other projects after phase grant funding denied.

Lake Babine Nation’s (LNB) plan to build a biomass plant is being shelved while the nation concentrates on other projects.

According to project manager Bernard Patrick, LBN made this decision after federal funding to start phase two of the project was denied.

However, Patrick hopes the project won’t be shelved for “too long.”

“I can’t really specify for how long … hopefully within a year or two,” he said. “We are still hopeful … [LBN] council is still in support of it.”

“We’re changing our game plan to try to seek funding elsewhere,” he added. “But right now there are other projects that are more of a priority for LBN that we’re concentrating on.”

One of these projects involves building new housing for LBN members.

The biomass project was originally expected to be completed by 2017. Earlier this year, Patrick said the reason for the delay was because several requests for funding had been denied.

“They [funding agencies] are all waiting for other agencies to commit first,” Patrick said in March. “All the funding agencies are looking at our project favourably even though they denied our application.”

One of these funding requests was $150,000 from Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT). Although NDIT wouldn’t comment on the specifics of why they denied LBN’s application earlier this year, the agency said they were “over-committed” with the number of requests for available 2017 funds.

The biomass project’s phase one, which included an engineering feasibility study and a skills training program, has already been completed.

Phase two would involve the construction of an underground distribution system in Fort Babine, and phase three would see the construction of an energy centre in Woyenee, as well as a business set-up and operation training.

Lake Babine Nation hopes the construction of this biomass plant will provide clean energy to its members and create a steady revenue stream. The plant would burn wood chips to sell heat to government organizations, private homes in Woyenne and community buildings in Fort Babine.

The project is expected to create five full-time and eight part-time permanent jobs.

The province provided $40,000 to LBN for the project’s feasibility study in 2013, and more than $110,000 for a skills training program in which seven local First Nations people received on-the-job training in 2015. During the 47-week program, participants built 67 firewood storage sheds for Lake Babine Nation in Tachet and Fort Babine, as well as two timber bridges.

Just Posted

Australian firefighters join Telegraph Creek efforts

Regional district extends State of Emergency another week to Aug. 17

Eliyah Brawdy finishes first in Babine mountain race

Hah Nic Na’ Aah trail run had 55 northwestern B.C. runners climb more than 1,000 metres

Bramslevens try to turn personal tragedy into hope for others

Joe and Tammy Bramsleven’s son, Kelel, passed away in their arms from a rare disorder.

UPDATE: 5 injured in plane crash following Abbotsford International Airshow

One in critical condition in incident involving vintage plane

Wildfires 5 km from northwest B.C. fibre-optic cable

CityWest said fire unlikely to affect northwest B.C. internet service

Average Canadian family spends 43% of income on taxes: study

Fraser Institute’s consumer report shows taxes accounting for larger chunk of income each year

RCMP to search for body after man drowns in B.C.’s Buntzen Lake

Officers and fire crews responded but the man from the Lower Mainland is believed to have drowned.

Police chiefs call for stricter controls on pill presses to fight opioids

Canada’s police chiefs are urging Ottawa to beef up its fight against the opioid scourge by closely vetting people who import pill presses

Hot, dry conditions forces drought rating to highest level on Vancouver Island

The province says Vancouver Island is under Stage 4 drought conditions

Victoria police say explicit calls continue to target women

Over 50 reports of unwanted, sexually explicit calls have come in

‘It’s like a party in your mouth’

B.C. creator’s Milkshake Burger makes its debut at the PNE

Get involved in the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count

Environmental organization develops app to help with the nationwide count

Pesticides linked to bee deaths will be phased out in Canada, sources say

Neonicotinoids, or neonics, are a class of pesticides used by farmers and hobby gardeners alike

Most Read