British Columbia Sun

Ottawa urged to halt offered B.C. port addition, evaluate the alternative plan


Key takeaways: 

  • Concerns were raised over the effect on killer whales and salmon residents in the offered increased place near Delta, B.C.
  • The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority offers a massive stretching to the port complex in Delta, B.C. 

Fraser Port Authority proposes expansion: 

A plan to create a new shipping container terminal to the extent of almost 144 football fields at a significant Metro Vancouver port has flashed a rival bid along with regards for endangered orcas and the salmon they rely on.

The three-berth, $3 billion terminal offered by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority would be constructed next to the current Deltaport and Westshore terminals at Roberts Bank in Delta, B.C.

In 2020, a federally designated independent review panel saw that the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project would help Canadian markets and local communities benefit from business and career possibilities.

However, it also finalized the project would have “substantial negative” impacts on southern citizen killer whales, of which only over 70 stays in the wild. It would also impact the availability of the orcas’ favored prey, chinook salmon.

Also read: Vancouver’s seawall between Second and Third shore reopens following months of restorations

Port expansion to be halted by Ottawa

The port has since revised its original bid to lower harmful results.

Draft needs for the project, released by the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, indicate the port would be needed to confer with regional and federal government agencies and Indigenous groups to design mitigation efforts.

The deadline is Tuesday for the people to comment on the project. The federal environment minister determines whether the results would probably be essential and refers them to the cabinet to decide whether or not they are justified in the public interest.

At the same time, a review board has been assigned to study an alternative recommendation to expand capacity at the port by Global Container Terminals.

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