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…

United Fishermen & Allied Workers’ Union – Unifor Warn Coal Proposal Could Have Disastrous Impacts on Salmon Fishing Industry

Press Release, June 2, 2014 Letters obtained by Communities and Coal, sent from the United Fishermen and Allied Workers’ Union – Unifor, and the TBuck Suzuki Environmental Foundation to the BC Minister of Health Terry Lake, and CEO and President of Port Metro Vancouver, Robin Silvester, outline concerns over the Fraser Surrey Docks proposal to…

MLA Vicki Huntington Challenges Minister on Health Impacts a Second Time

Vicki rises for the second time in Question Period to challenge the Minister of Environment into taking action on the public health concerns raised by Metro Vancouver municipalities and two Chief Medical Health officers. She suggests supporting Delta’s inter-agency review committee and asking for a federal environmental assessment under CEAA 2012. Click Below to View:…

BCTF President Asks Health Minister Terry Lake to Step in and Order Health Impact Assessment

The president of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation, Jim Ike, sent a letter on behalf of the union to Health Minister Terry Lake, asking for a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment for the entire coal corridor which would meet internationally accepted standards. His letter, dated, February 26, 2014, points out to the minister that this proposal…

Independent Interagency Review Committee Unanimously Calls for Outstanding Health Issues to be Addressed

At the December 16, 2013 Regular Delta Council Meeting, Council passed a motion to not support the Fraser Surrey Docks Coal proposal until such time that Port Metro Vancouver could implement the recommendations of the Independent Interagency Review Committee, which would include but not be limited to, an independent comprehensive assessment of the health and…

Update on January 12, 2014

Hello Everyone,   As you know, we are still waiting to hear back from the Port regarding a decision on the Fraser Surrey Docks proposal. Today there was a coal train derailment in Burnaby and this just reinforces the fact that we need to keep moving forward: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/coal-spills-into-creek-as-freight-train-derails-in-burnaby-b-c-1.1635158 I would like to ask that you…