As North American producers massively ramp up plans to export coal to Asia, B.C. figures large in their plans — and in opposition efforts of citizens worried about climate change.
Critics of a proposal to increase thermal coal exports through Port Metro Vancouver by 7.5% — or between four and eight million tons annually – are questioning a recent report that ruled the project would have no significant environmental or health impact.
A controversial proposal to boost coal exports to Asia through the Lower Mainland has moved a step forward with a positive environmental review released Monday.
At an anti-coal port protest Sunday, New Westminster city councillor Jaimie McEvoy, chair of the city’s environmental advisory committee, told the crowd that exporting coal would harm local health and “export health problems” overseas as well, and would continue facing municipal opposition.
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The owner of a Kitsilano store that re-sells groceries from U.S. chain Trader Joe’s has fired back in a legal battle with the American health food giant.
Faced with mounting environmental pressure over the proposal to build a four- to eight-million ton coal transfer terminal at Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD), the regional port authority opened its annual meeting to public questions for the first time today.
With roughly three-quarters of B.C.’s $16 billion in annual south-bound exports dependent on the Interstate 5, business and transport unions are anxious about the economic losses incurred since the Skagit River bridge buckled and collapsed after being struck by an Alberta trucker May 23.
The Tyee talks to Fraser Surrey Docks’ CEO about how his project to expand exports should interest BC.
Plans to ramp up exports from Washington, Oregon and BC are uniting opposition across 49th Parallel.