Judge Denies Adjournment

On June 2, 2015 we spent the morning in Federal Court as we had document issues to sort out, plus Port Metro Vancouver’s lawyers were requesting an adjournment in our case. However, the Judge came back and denied their request. We will be proceeding as planned. Court date still unassigned but we hope it will…

Evidence Suggests Port Lacked Authority to Make Decisions on FSD Project

The coal port litigation is well underway. The court challenge to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s decision to approve the Fraser Surrey Docks direct transfer coal facility was launched last September. Since that time, Communities and Coal, Voters Taking Action on Climate Change, and the two individual applicants have encountered several procedural challenges but are…

FS Docks seeks cheapest, quickest route for coal waste water disposal

For Immediate Release April 13 2015 Fraser Surrey Docks Seeks to Discharge Coal-Contaminated Rainwater into Metro Vancouver Sanitary Sewer, Avoid More Expensive On Site Treatment — proposal runs counter to regional goal of capturing and treating waste at source, reducing storm water burden on sanitary sewer system; thousands ask Metro to reject application Vancouver —…

Faith Leaders Ask Christy Clark to reconsider Texada Island Permit

For Immediate Release 28 September 2014 Faith Leaders continue to press Premier for moral leadership on issue of US thermal coal exports — Christian, Jewish, Unitarian leaders to Premier: climate crisis demands urgent attention, please rescind permits for shipment of US thermal coal via Texada Island coal port. Vancouver — Yesterday BC faith leaders sent…

City of New Westminster to submit application for intervener status against proposed Fraser Surrey Docks Coal Transfer Facility

PRESS RELEASE – CITY OF NEW WESTMINSTER Posted On: September 23, 2014 City of New Westminster to submit application for intervener status against proposed Fraser Surrey Docks Coal Transfer Facility New Westminster – The City of New Westminster will be submitting an application for Intervener Status with respect to the Federal Court challenge commenced by…

Federal Court Case Filed

This morning, Ecojustice lawyers filed a Federal Court case on behalf of Communities and Coal, Voters Taking Action on Climate Change, and two individual applicants, in an effort to quash a Port Metro Vancouver-issued permit allowing the construction of a new coal transfer facility on the Fraser River. The Fraser Surrey Docks project would see…

Port Metro Approves Coal Proposal

Despite overwhelming opposition/concern over the Fraser Surrey Docks coal proposal from residents, scholars, unions, school boards, businesses, municipalities, and various MLAs and MPs, Port Metro Vancouver approved the proposal today saying that the “project can operate within acceptable health and environmental standards”. This comes as a huge disappointment to many, although not necessarily a surprise.  However, in order for this…

Transport Canada Puts Faith in Shippers that they will adhere to “Best Practices Guidelines”

An email dated July 9, 2014 from Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt says that “product owners are responsible for determining the specific measures required to mitigate the environmental risks associated with the rail transport of coal” and that there are “best practices” guidelines have been developed by use by industry.  However, as per the Clean…

Seward Alaska Residents Prove Their Air is Polluted and Unhealthy from Coal Dust and Known Cancer Causing Substance

Anchorage: A coalition of Seward residents and environmental health organizations are releasing a report detailing a year’s worth of air quality data. Seward residents trained by Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT), Global Community Monitor, and Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance, collected air samples from multiple sites up to a mile away from the Seward Coal Loading…