After much thought and consultation, we’ve decided to appeal the Fraser Surrey Docks coal decision. More information can be found at the EcoJustice website here. We’re hoping for a different outcome as we remain committed to standing up for the communities affected by these US thermal coal shipments.
A decision has been made on our federal court challenge over the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s permitting of the proposed US thermal coal port at Fraser Surrey Docks. It is disappointing to have to tell you that the court has rejected our challenge of this project approval. You can find a link to the court…Details
In May 2017, Premier Christy Clark sent a letter to PM Trudeau asking for a Federal ban on US Thermal Coal through B.C. Trudeau responded saying that it would be looked at seriously. Communities and Coal sent a letter on May 14 in response to those public statements.
Four years and counting. That is how long we have been creating our story. A story about multiple communities coming together over concerns with the Fraser Surrey Docks Coal Project – pollution, noise, health and climate change. It has become so clear… As the months and years have gone by, it has become clear to…Details
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…Details
Join us for an evening of theatrical fundraising at its best as we try to raise money for our legal case! The talented Bob Bossin will perform his fascinating and insightful one-man show, Davy the Punk (www.davythepunk.com), about his father’s life in the gambling underworld of Toronto in the 1930’s and 40’s. CBC’s Michael Enright…Details
Fraser Surrey Docks has officially submitted an amendment application to Port Metro Vancouver regarding their existing Direct Transfer Coal Facility project permit with the intention of replacing open barges with ocean going vessels. Round 2 public consultation period is from July 17 – August 21, 2015. I will be providing more information and direction in…Details
On Monday, July 13, 2015, the cities of New Westminster and Surrey were granted intervener status in our legal challenge against Port Metro Vancouver. Initially, the Port Authority opposed the municipalities’ application to intervene in the case and a court date was set for today, July 14, 2015, however, yesterday the Port reversed its position…Details
Press Release – June 16, 2015 The grassroots, resident based group, Communities and Coal is hosting two community events on the highly controversial and publicized issue of U.S. Thermal Coal in B.C. communities; one in the South Surrey- White Rock riding and the other in North Delta for the Delta and Surrey Centre ridings. Paula…Details
On June 12, 2015 Metro Vancouver passed a motion to oppose the coal project saying “the Port has not met Health and Environmental assessments and did not give long enough consultation periods”. This comes after Fraser Surrey Dock’s announcement on May 4th that they intend to seek an amendment to their coal permit and bring…Details
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…Details
On June 2, 2015, a public letter was delivered to CEO of Fraser Surrey Docks, Jeff Scott at Port Metro Vancouver’s AGM. Paula Williams, co-founder of Communities and Coal spoke during the Question and Answer period on behalf of her group, Voters Taking Action on Climate Change, Dogwood Initiative, and Real Port Hearings. The letter…Details
The City of Surrey continues to have concerns with the approved coal proposal at Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD) and responds recently to FSD’s intention to amend their permit. See Corporate Report R070 (which will be forwarded to FSD and Port Metro).
Add Your Name to Our Letter: Today we launched an initiative between Communities and Coal, Voters Taking Action on Climate Change, and The Dogwood Initiative. We have drafted a letter to the CEO of Fraser Surrey Docks, Jeff Scott, in response to their announcement on May 4th, 2015. Instead of a barge loading facility, they…Details
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…Details
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 —…Details
On August 21, 2014 the Port Authority approved a controversial coal-loading facility at Fraser Surrey Docks, which is located on the edge of the Fraser River in Surrey, BC. They intend to ship 4 million metric tonnes of U.S. thermal coal annually, with the potential to increase the annual shipments to 8 million metric tonnes.…Details
Many of you asked where your local Mayoral and Councillor candidates stand on the issue of US Thermal Coal going to Fraser Surrey Docks? Although we are not endorsing any candidates as this is a personal choice and cannot be decided on the coal issue alone, we decided to email candidates in Delta, Surrey, &…Details
In addition to the city of New Westminster announcing its intention to join our legal case as an intervenor, it was announced that the city of Surrey, where the coal facility is located, intends to join as well.
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…Details
On September 26, 2014 the Union of BC Municipalities passes motion for full assessment of health & environmental impacts of moving thermal coal by rail and barge in BC. The Union of BC Municipalities represents the province’s 190 local governments and 26 districts.
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org writes a letter of support for Communities and Coal and the need for a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment on the Fraser Surrey Docks’ proposal. He urges government to “do their part” to keep residents healthy, as well as to ensure the health of the local and global environment. With the…Details