Challenges are mounting against the Port Metro Vancouver’s coal expansion project.
Metro Vancouver is putting forward a motion to oppose the project saying the Port has not met Health and Environmental assessments and did not give long enough consultation periods.
“This is a major project that is having a negative effect on communities…the quality of people’s lives has been drastically changed.”
Surrey City Councillor Judy Villeneuve has lived in the area on the line for the coal expansion project for 44 years.
She says these changes were unforeseeable, and drastic to the community.
“When you’re moving from having six to eight trains going through communities to eighteen to twenty before the facility is built that’s the kind of impact you’re having on communities.”
One of the focal points includes a Port amendment to transporting the coal.
“There was a lot of concern about the barges with coal going to Texada Island and they now are proposing that they bring the ships up and directly load the ships from the port. But that I’m sure is going to include dredging of the river.”
Port Metro Vancouver is not saying much about the motion as matters related to the project are in court.
Only that they will be taking input provided by the recent GVRD motion into consideration.