New Air Monitoring Program in north-eastern British Columbia

The Province of British Columbia and partners from the oil and gas industry are embarking on a three-year air monitoring and community engagement program. Following on the heels of phase one of the oil and gas health assessment, the air monitoring program is in response to growth in the oil and gas industry and concerns from residents over its potential impact on air quality. For more information: BC News Release

Health Advisory: Fire Smoke Advisory Issued for North

A fire smoke advisory has been issued for northern Alberta, including Grande Prairie and area. Air quality is expected to deteriorate over the next few days, due to fires burning in northwestern Alberta.

For up to the hour Air Qualtiy Health Index (AQHI) ratings in our area please visit www.paza.ca. Air quality information is also available by phone, toll-free, at
1-877-247-7333.

In severe smoke conditions, even health individuals may experience irritation of eyes, throat and possibly shortness of breath. Learn about what you can do to protect yourself. The following information is courtesy of Alberta Health Services:

 

 

 

Health Advisory: Precautionary Fire Smoke Advisory Expanded to Grande Prairie Region

While Grande Prairie continues to enjoy a low risk Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) rating, Alberta Health Services has issued a precautionary Air Quality Health Advisory for the region.  Smoke in the air due to uncontrolled fires in northern Alberta  may cause deterioration of air quality into the weekend.

For up to the hour AQHI rating please visit www.paza.ca

The following information is courtesy of Alberta Health Services:

Sharon Nelson ~ PAZA Chair

Sharon Nelson, councillor for the County of Grande Prairie was elected Chair of PAZA at our Annual General Meeting on April 23, 2012.  Sharon is very passionate about the organization and we welcome this enthusiasm.  “I campaigned in my constituancy on improvements to the environment so I am very pleased to be a part of the PAZA organization”.  Sharon told members at the meeting.  Sharon Nelson is a long time resident of the County.

If you share Sharon’s enthusiasm please attend one of our upcoming board meetings!

 

PAZA Founding Member Bob Savage Retires

Bob Savage was one of a handful of forward thinking individuals to sit in a tiny office and dream up PAZA.  Mr. Savage gave members at PAZA’s Annual General Meeting a brief summary of PAZA’s beginnings in his last act as PAZA member and director.  “It took a long time to get PAZA off the ground”.

Mr. Savage served on PAZA’s board wearing many different hats from 1999.  First as a government representative with the Energy Resources Conservation Board, then an industry representative and finally as a public member.  Bob’s guidance will be greatly missed at the PAZA table.

Everyone at PAZA wishes Bob and Mary Jane all the best!