An environmental group says it’s taking the province to court over its approval of storing more coal on Texada Island.
The government’s nod last month would see 800-thousand tons of coal stored there instead of the current 400-thousand before it’s shipped to international markets.
“Voters Taking Action on Climate Change” is concerned this will clear the way for more coal to be shipped along the Fraser — under a proposal for a bigger export terminal run by Fraser Surrey Docks.
Spokesman Donald Gordon says the government didn’t consult with the public about the large storage centre on Texada.
He says, “The public’s concerns about coal dust, about diesel particulate, have all been ignored or dismissed.”
Port Metro Vancouver has yet to approve the terminal expansion.
The province has said the bigger storage facility on Texada would only move ahead if the bigger terminal gets the go-ahead.