As you know, Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD) recently announced (click the link for details on the proposed amendment) that it now wants to bring large, ocean going freighters right to Surrey to load US thermal coal for export to Asia. The company also wants to keep the option of sending open barges of coal down the Fraser River and across the Strait of Georgia to Texada Island to load on to freighters there.
At the Port Authority’s request, the company is accepting public comments on this new proposal until August 21, 2015. This may be your last chance to tell them what you think about this plan. I am hoping you take a few minutes now to put your concerns on the public record?
Things to consider:
- They will have no shore power at their docks. Large Ocean going vessels are huge polluters to our air quality. These ships will continuously run for the time they are docked. Ships will be running 24-7. When one leaves, another will arrive.
- They have not conducted any baseline studies for noise levels in the region around Fraser Surrey Docks. Ships will be running 24-7. When one leaves, another will arrive.
- They don’t anticipate working at night but they are keeping this possibility open if they have to from time to time.
- Barges are still on the table. They may use a combination of Panamax ships and barges.
- There is the potential for major impacts to the Fraser River and the life that inhabits it.
- Cumulative impacts from all major projects/industry current and proposed (not just from FSD), should be taken into account.