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Newspaper owner addresses his refinery proposal for the North Coast

David Black, owner of the Campbell River Mirror’s parent company Black Press, will present to the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce his case for a $32 billion oil refinery in Kitimat, B.C.

This is an opportunity to learn about the potential economic impact an oil refinery could have on British Columbians and Canadians. The project has the potential to develop 3,000 permanent direct jobs and generate large new tax revenues for governments.

Black will address the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce on Friday, May 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m in the Carriage Room of the Royal Coachman (84 Dogwood St.).

Black is opposed to the oil industry’s plan to export Alberta bitumen to Asia via tankers. The environmental threat is too great, Black says. The alternative is to build an oil refinery in Kitimat which will convert the bitumen to gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.

“I am for creating thousands of good permanent jobs in B.C. I am for creating billions of new tax dollars for government coffers,” Black recently wrote in a two-part opinion piece carried by this newspaper. “I am for reducing the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions. I am for building an oil pipeline that will never leak. I am for building a modern tanker fleet that carries only refined fuels that float and evaporate if spilled. I am against shipping bitumen in tankers.”

Learn the key environmental advantages of the Kitimat refinery that will cement Canada’s reputation as a global leader in cleaner energy. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A at the end of Black’s presentation.

Go to www.campbellriverchamber.ca/events to learn more and purchase your tickets today. Tickets are $35 for Chamber members (plus GST) and $50 for non-members (plus GST). The price includes lunch, refreshments and dessert. Pre-registration is required for this event.

Black is the chairman and founder of Black Press Group, the owner of the Campbell River Mirror and the largest independently-owned newspaper company in Canada.

With more than 150 titles in print and online, Black Press has operations in British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, Hawaii, California and Ohio.

The company has 3,500 employees, and newsrooms with history dating back to the 1800s.

Over the last 39 years he has led Black Press Group and went from having one small newspaper in 1975 to becoming the largest private newspaper publisher in Canada.

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