We've Appealed the Court Decision!

A Timeline of How Far We’ve Come, and Where We’re Heading…


Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD) Announces intention to ship up to 8 Million Metric Tonnes of US Thermal Coal

MAY 2013

Chief Medical Health Officer sends Letter to Port Metro Vancouver (Port) w/concerns & recommends a full Health Impact Assessment (HIA); City of New Westminster opposes the project

JUNE 2013

Metro Vancouver votes 21-4 in favour of opposing FSD coal project w/ support for a HIA


Port asks FSD to produce Environmental Assessment to cover region within their jurisdiction; FSD hires SNC-Lavalin to assist


City of Surrey passes resolution to “not support the coal proposal, asking for an independent, comprehensive HIA & full public hearings


FSD produces Environmental Assessment; Health Authorities say it is deeply flawed; Port opens up 30 day public comment period; Sunshine Coast Regional District board supports the call for a full Environmental Assessment along the entire coal route


Sechelt First Nation opposes coal shipments; City of Delta passes similar motion as Surrey and forms the Independent Interagency Review Committee (made up of various parties such as city councillors from other areas, Health Authorities, MPs, etc). Goal is to have Port work with them before any decision is reached; City of Richmond passes resolution asking the Port for an independent HIA and public hearings; 30 day comment period ends with 13,000 signatures on a petition submitted, and almost 3500 comments to the Port


City of Burnaby unanimously calls for an independent HIA and public hearings; City of Langley supports the call for an HIA


Port asks FSD to work on a Human Health Risk Assessment (HHRA) to “fill in gaps” in their work and to answer outstanding concerns. There will be no more public or Health Authority input; HHRA will be released to public once a decision on project is reached; Over 3700 comments to Provincial Health and Environmental Ministers asking them to step in and authorize authority for an independent HIA but it is to no avail

JULY 2014

FSD files lawsuit to challenge Metro Vancouver’s air quality jurisdiction (due to an air quality violation relating to an agricultural product currently shipped from their facility); FSD holds back on submitting Air Quality permit application for proposed coal facility


Voters Taking Action on Climate Change (VTACC), Communities and Coal, and 2 individual applicants file lawsuit against Port alleging Bias in the decision making process, and a failure to take climate change into consideration under the Canadian Environmental Act. No court date assigned as of yet; New Westminster announces intention to join case as intervenor; Musqueam file their own court challenge against the Port over infringement on the aboriginal right to fish for food, social and ceremonial purposes; Union of BC Municipalities urge need for full assessment of health and environmental impacts of moving thermal coal through BC


VTACC goes to court to challenge Provincial Government on the approval of the amended Lafarge permit; City of Surrey announces intention to apply for intervenor status on C&C lawsuit against the Port

MARCH 2015

Metro Vancouver opens 30 day public comment period regarding the FSD wastewater permit application. They are looking for a way to dispose of the coal-laden water generated on site. Over 3400 submissions. Unclear as to when a decision will be made but suspect it will take several months

APRIL 2015

VTACC loses court challenge against the Provincial Government

JULY 2015

Cities of Surrey and New Westminster granted intervener status in our legal challenge; Fraser Surrey Docks officially submits application to Port Metro Vancouver to amend their Direct Transfer Coal Facility permit replacing barges with ocean going vessels; Fraser Surrey Docks drops lawsuit against Metro Vancouver challenging air quality jurisdiction


Communities and Coal host a fundraising event


Communities and Coal to co-host an all candidates debate in South Surrey-White Rock (October 7, 2015)


University of Washington releases study showing coal trains emit nearly twice the pollution as freight trains; Port Metro Vancouver approves FSD’s permit amendment application to load coal directly onto Panamax ships at their terminal along the Fraser River.

MARCH 2016

FSD and Port Metro Vancouver file motion to dismiss our court case, saying due to the amended permit, our case is now moot.


Metro Vancouver issues FSD a Waste Discharge Permit.

MAY 2017

VTACC & Communities and Coal’s hearing against Port Metro Vancouver.


VTACC & Communities and Coal’s lose court challenge.

February 2018

VTACC & Communities and Coal launch a federal appeal.

Upcoming for 2018

  • FSD to submit Air Quality Permit application for coal terminal to Metro Vancouver (date unknown).
  • Still unclear if FSD will ever go through with the coal project
  • Federal Appeal Outcome