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NEWS: BC municipalities oppose coal transfer terminal

Port Metro Vancouver plans to build a coal-transfer terminal at the Fraser Surrey Docks.

The Vancouver Sun reports, “It would mean more train traffic rumbling through little White Rock. The coal would come from the Powder River Basin in the Western US.”

But White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin has expressed “strong concerns” about the plan and in a motion states there has been a “total lack of public consultation to the point where the City has to get its notice from the newspapers” and notes “the apparent lack of any kind of an environmental assessment by any level of senior government”.

The article continues, “White Rock isn’t alone in its ire. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson put forward a motion for Tuesday’s council meeting instructing city staff to look into a bylaw that would ‘prevent the expansion of, or creation of new, coal export infrastructure within the City of Vancouver’, while on Monday, Surrey city council reviewed a report outlining its safety and health concerns with the expansion plan. Both the Delta and New Westminster councils also notified the Port of their concerns with the expansion – concerns including noise, the health dangers of coal dust and the lack of public consultation.”

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