Against Port Expansion in the Fraser Estuary BC
APE (Against Port Expansion in the Fraser Estuary BC) is a group of concerned citizens who recognize that plans for container terminal expansion on Roberts Bank (T2) will see the degradation of the quality of life for thousands of Lower Mainland residents; the industrialization of prime agricultural land; and the loss of globally-significant habitat for salmon, migrating birds and orca whales.
Orcas swim right by T2 site
This video was sent in by one of our supporters.
It shows a southern resdient killer whale from Jpod swimming with its baby.The Orcas regularly feed on and hunt spring salmon and chum salmon from spring to fall in the area where T2 would be. The new terminal will be another obstacle to their routine and the migration of salmon up the river.
Of course the new proposed terminal will also destroy crab habitat, obstruct their feeding and migration patterns and take away some of the fishing grounds used by commercial fishermen due to further navigational closures.
Enjoy this while you can. If T2 goes ahead we may never see this again
U Vic Papers raise issues about PMV T2
Two research papers recently prepared for both the Against Port Expansion Community Group and B.C. Nature, by the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre, address two of the major environmental and wildlife issues with the Port Metro Vancouver Terminal 2 project: migratory birds and marine species..
The first, dealing with migratory birds, is entitled “Bringing Roberts Bank Migratory Birds to the Forefront of Environmental Assessment”. Because migratory birds are an undeniable central feature of Roberts Bank and the Fraser River Estuary as a whole, this becomes one of the key issues when it comes to deciding whether T2 is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. The environmental value and health of Roberts Bank as a migratory bird habitat has already irrevocably shifted. In fact Environment Canada in 2005 stated that they:
“… are concerned that the chain of the Pacific Flyway could be broken for shorebirds at some point given the ongoing economic development in the Delta. This constitutes a major risk for Canada's environmental reputation and the economic and social benefits derived from wildlife.” PMV appear to be conveniently ignoring that statement. No comparable site on the flyway exists on the Pacific coast between Alaska and California. No other site in Canada supports such a diversity and number of birds in winter.
If T2 were to go ahead there is indeed a possibility that the chain of the Pacific Flyway could be broken.
The second research paper is entitled “Questionable Treatment of Marine Shipping in the Environmental Assessment of the Terminal 2 Project”. This deals with the second major issue, being to what extent the expansion in marine shipping will add to the already significant impacts on marine species.
Over 100 marine species in the Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia, Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, Puget Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca) are listed as endangered, threatened, special concern or are candidates for listing by at least one of four jurisdictions (governments of Canada, BC, USA and Washington State). PMV would like us to believe that they will be able to ignore these impacts during the environmental assessment. That is not going to happen. Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans has categorically stated that any impacts on the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales will be assessed, including as a result of the increased number of container vessels that will be required to feed T2. As well, both First Nations and US tribes’ traditional rights and interests in coastal and marine areas stand to be significantly affected. The T2 project may also adversely affect and infringe on constitutional rights.
We will be presenting both these papers to the Review Panel when it convenes. In the meantime we are also using the papers to identify a number of shortcomings in the PMV Environmental Impact Statement.
T2 Would Impact Orcas Says Port Metro Vancouver
According to the Executive Summary for the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project (page 75) PMV says "Therefore the Project in combination with past projects and activities that have been carried out, and certain and reasonably foreseeable projects that will be carried out, would result in a continued significant cumulative effect to the Southern Resident Killer Whales" Despite this and the fact that T2 will bring 260 more vessels right through the critical Orca habitat PMV plans to go ahead anyway.
This topic was recently aired on CBC's Power and Politics. See the video https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5EMSf-DPPtM
Scientists fear for the future of the Southern Resident Killer Whales - as documented in a Post Media news item in late 2014.
The Georgia Strait Alliance https://georgiastrait.org/ programs and intiatives are working towards the protection and recovery of species at risk - both our southern resident killer whales as well as many other species at risk. Please do support them in their work.
So PMV is planning to push ahead with T2, in effect saying that because the Orcas are already impacted it is OK for them to increase the vessel traffic right through their habitat and impact the Orcas even more. This even though Orcas are listed and protected as a species at risk under the federal Species at Risk Act.
That is irresponsible. Write to Port Metro Vancouver CEO Robin Silvester and tell him so. Also perhaps ask him why PMV declined to be interviewed on CBC and what thay are trying to hide. Email him at Robin.Silvester@portmetrovancouver.com
APE Peep-In April 25 Photos and Video
A large group of supporters showed up to the Second Annual Peep-In at Brunswick Point in Delta to celebrate the return of the Western Sandpipers and to send Port Metro Vancouver a very clear message - STOP PLANS TO DEVELOP CONTAINER TERMINAL 2 ON ROBERTS BANK
Watch the video http://not2.ca/second-annual-peep-in/
This is the new Against Port Expansion Poster