Demand a proper assessment of coal port

We already have 33 million tons of coal coming into Delta, and this would be new coal, without much benefit (25 jobs).

Re: Fraser Surrey Docks’ coal port expansion proposal.

At a recent Delta council meeting, Coun. Jeannie Kanakas stood up and said what was on the mind of those in attendance: We already have 33 million tons of coal coming into Delta, and this would be new coal, without much benefit (25 jobs), coming into an area of significant environmental significance – as well as a residential area to boot.

While the current coal goes to Westshore, where virtually no one except Tsawwassen First Nation members live nearby, the same can not be said for Fraser Surrey Docks.

Internationally recognized standards demand a proper environmental impact assessment to include details on how the expansion would impact health. That has to happen for any credibility in the decision to result. A decision having such health magnitude must include a look at the full health implications. Otherwise the public will feel virtually bamboozled by our government once again.

Get involved and write your thoughts to realporthearings.org Otherwise you are left out. Port Metro Vancouver allows comments until Dec. 17.

 

Steven Faraher-Amidon, Surrey

Surrey North Delta Leader

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