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 now want to build a full full-fledged coal port on the Fraser River so it can load US thermal coal directly on to giant ships. Mr. Scott offered us two weeks to comment on the scope of the proposed amendment and to tell him what we think of this change.
However, we don’t need two weeks to consider our response: the answer has been NO from the beginning. There has been no independent, comprehensive health impact assessment done, nor have there been any public hearings. Our concerns remain the same.
On June 2, 2015 we will deliver this public letter to Jeff Scott to tell him what our communities think of his plans.
As you know, a coal port on the Fraser means more coal trains in our communities, it means more risk of oil spills and accidents in the Salish Sea, and it means more global warming pollution when that coal is burned. We’re deeply concerned that once the Massey Tunnel is taken out Fraser Surrey Docks will want to bring longer, larger ships to Surrey to load even more coal. That’s just not acceptable.
Please join nearly 1000 others who have already added their names to this letter since we opened up the website this morning (May 15/15). The signed letter will also be shared with our local elected representatives, health authorities and media to remind them that we remain concerned about this proposal.