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 up to four megatonnes (MT) of coal per year shipped by open-car rail from Wyoming’s Powder River Basin through Vancouver’s Lower Mainland. The coal would then be loaded onto ships for export to Asian markets.
The application argues that the conduct of the Port and its officers suggests bias — that the approval was a done deal long before the permit review was even completed. Further, the documents state that the Port failed to consider the climate impacts of burning the coal once it reaches Asian markets.