Richmond might have an ally in its request for a Federal Environmental Assessment of the bridge to replace the Massey Tunnel.
This week, a Metro Vancouver committee will look at the idea of also making a similar request to the Trudeau government.
Regional District Chair Greg Moore says they will look at the bridge proposal, and potential dredging to determine any federal impacts.
“Some members of the board requested that we ask the federal government to do an environmental review because it does have an affect on DFO, the port lands, which are governed by the federal government. So metro is taking a further look into what that actually means and what that process would entail.”
For instance he says the bridge proposal might impact Port Metro Vancouver, fish stocks, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans might have jurisdiction.
“Well, it would be a similar request that Richmond has already made. So there would be two jurisdictions making that. We are going to take a look at if there is a parallel process with the provincial government, what is the process in place right now, and do we feel that there should be a federal environmental process?”
Metro Vancouver has already asked the province for more time so the regional district could study the bridge proposal for any air quality and regional planning impacts.