It’s been in the works for several years, and now the proponent behind a new jet fuel pipeline and marine terminal in Richmond insists construction could begin this summer, despite a number of outstanding regulatory hurdles.
The Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation, which is a consortium of commercial airlines, says while it has yet to submit an application to the Oil and Gas Commission, its optimistic construction on the jet fuel delivery project could begin this summer.
Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie remains staunchly opposed to the proposal which consists of jet fuel tankers transiting the Fraser River.
“The real issue is the routing of the jet fuel line, We do not want as a city, and I say that with city council and with the residents of Richmond, we do not want the jet fuel line involving tankers coming regularly up the river and being transported by pipeline across the city.”
Brodie says there are already options for alternate measures.
“There is an existing pipeline from the Chevron refinery and it goes through Burnaby to North Richmond, along Bridgeport, we think that there should be some kind of an upgrading of that line, and that’s what they should use, and not make a brand new jet fuel pipeline.”
Meanwhile, a citizen’s group has lost its bid to quash the project’s environmental assessment certificate, issued by the province with 64 binding conditions.