An environmental group opposed to fuel tankers in local waterways says they’re hopeful the new government will axe a plan to supply YVR with jet fuel by ship.
“We’re now seeing some bright light at the end of the tunnel,” says Otto Langer with VAPOR.
Langer says the group isn’t against the fuel itself — but has concerns about how it’s transported.
“We’re not opposed to the airport having fuel and people here are entitled to a modern airport. But they have to get their fuel in an environmentally friendly manor, and there are better ways to getting fuel to the airport.”
Langer says he supports a over-ground approach, connecting to British Petroleum’s Cherry Point refinery in Washington.
“It’s our recommendation, that they also build a pipeline to to that American refinery, which has been supplying them with 60-percent of their jet fuel over the last several years. Right now they’ve just got a hodge-podge way of getting fuel to the airport.”
He says he’s scheduled meetings with the newly elected MPs in Richmond and Delta to discuss his concerns and says the Liberal government has had a more open mind.
The group filed an appeal earlier this year against the government’s environmental assessment certificate, but the appeal was quashed.