• Governments of Canada and B.C. Guilty of “Project Creep” and “Project Splitting”and Ignoring Public Submissions

    Tilbury LNG

    A press release from the Boundary Bay Conservation Committee

    Do you want dangerous LNG Tankers daily on the Fraser River, in Burrard Inlet, and through the
    Salish Sea?

    Over a thousand public submissions voicing concerns have been ignored and buried.

    Ignoring due, and legal, process, the Governments of Canada and B.C. refuse to appropriately
    call for a federal Review Panel Environmental Assessment of plans for massive, full-scale LNG
    operations, including an LNG Marine Terminal, at Tilbury Island, Delta.

    Through a sneaky process called “Project Creep”, the Governments of Canada and B.C. have
    allowed a small LNG operation at Tilbury Island to gradually expand without any environmental

    In 2015, the federal National Energy Board granted Tilbury LNG a licence to export 3.5 million
    tonnes of LNG annually. Through Orders-in-Council in 20134 and 20145, the B.C. Government
    permitted a 46-times increase in liquefaction and a new storage tank that almost tripled LNG
    storage capacity.

    Now the Governments are saying plans for a massive increase to full-scale LNG liquefaction and
    storage is a separate project from the planned LNG marine terminal on the adjacent property,
    with the same project owner, FortisBC. This Project-Splitting is to avoid the highest level of
    assessment, a federal Review Panel Environmental Assessment. The projects are interdependent
    with plans for LNG tankers daily transporting Tilbury LNG for local bunkering and for export.

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  • Buried Public Input to the Tilbury LNG Marine Terminal Project

    Tilbury LNG
    Letter from the Boundary Bay Conservation Committee about the Roberts Bank Container Terminal Project

    A report from the Boundary Bay Conservation Committee, addressed to Hon. Steven Guilbeault, Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change. You can read it here (PDF).

    They are concerned that due process has not been followed creating the potential for dangerous and damaging consequences to communities, as well as the Lower Fraser River and Salish Sea ecosystems.

    Excerpt: “By approving the B.C. Substitution Assessment process, the federal government is avoiding a proper cumulative effects assessment of federal responsibilities: protection of federal waterways: impacts to fish habitat and populations; species at risk; shipping; transportation; dumping at sea; dredging of federal waterways; federal energy laws and regulations; safety; and emissions. These are the issues identified in public comments to the process and, summarily dismissed in responses as beyond the scope and responsibility of the Proponent.”

  • Evidence-based science warns of unmitigable, irreversible harm to the Fraser River Estuary from the proposed Roberts Bank Container Terminal Project

    Roberts Bank Terminal 2
    Letter from the Boundary Bay Conservation Committee about the Roberts Bank Container Terminal Project

    A letter from Susan Jones of the Boundary Bay Conservation Committee to Prime Minister Trudeau, Premier Horgan, Minister of Enviroment George Heyman, and 24 other government and tribal officials and organizations. You can read it here (PDF).

    Excerpts: “The Port of Vancouver has had eight years to present credible, substantive scientific information and mitigation measures and these have not materialized. It is disconcerting that the Port is being permitted to present yet another set of information and mitigation measures when submissions have clearly proven that the residual significant adverse environmental effects of RBT2 cannot be mitigated.

    “Submissions from experts on the Roberts Bank Container Terminal Project (RBT2) confirm that dredging and filling 186 hectares (460 acres) of the estuary for a widened causeway and man-made island the size of 250 football fields will alter the Fraser River estuarine processes. Subsequent changes in water flows, temperature, salinity, and turbidity will lead to the loss of nutrients and primary food sources. There will be a domino effect on the highly complex food web at Roberts Bank that links fish, shellfish, birds, and marine animals to the interactive, interdependent habitats of the river; the estuary; the adjacent agricultural lands; the Burns Bog Ecological Conservancy Area; the Strait of Georgia; the Salish Sea; and the Pacific Ocean.”

    Earlier version of the same letter here.


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