Richmond politicians are hoping to throw up a new roadblock for a controversial jet fuel pipeline to YVR.
Council voted tonight to call for a new environmental review of the project, citing changes proposed to the route and pipe size.
Richmond Mayor Malcom Brodie says there’s no indication in the paperwork that the airline consortium backing the plan will ship the fuel anywhere else, but he says he has questions over why they need to triple their fuel capacity.
“If you look to the sheer numbers you have to wonder whether the airline consortium plans to use this new facility as a distribution point to take jet fuel to other airports.”
The plan, which has been in the works for several years, has drawn criticism over environmental and safety concerns regarding supplying the pipeline via jet fuel tankers.
Brodie, who has consistently been a staunch opponent, says questions about using the system to create a fuel hub only push him farther from the plan.
“If we’re opposed to the solution for YVR, we’re certainly more opposed when they want to use this as a distribution point to go to other airports with the fuel”
Brodie says the city recognizes the airport needs jet fuel but this isn’t the way to do it.
Last June, opponents lost a court battle to strip the project of its environmental assessment certificate.