RBT2 PUBLIC HEARINGS – HAVE YOUR SAY
The Public Hearings for the environmental assessment of the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2, by a federally appointed Review Panel, will commence in Delta BC on May 14 2018.
This Panel will review the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority-generated environmental assessment, public, stakeholder and government agency input, and will then make a recommendation to the federal Minister of Environment.
RBT2 is not good for Canada and is not good for Canadians. We need to make sure this Panel recommends that RBT2 not proceed.
It is not easy for the public to participate in these hearings. The process is overly restrictive and has required those wishing to participate to register online by March 22. Yes that is March 22 almost two months prior to the hearings and that deadline has now passed.
So we have set up a process for you to participate. Here is how it works:
- Click on the “SEND EMAIL” link below and it will open up an email with the subject title already filled out. Copy and paste the content in the green box below into the body of the email. You can use this text, or change it as you wish, or write your own.
- You will need to identify yourself by entering your name, city, postal code and email address.
- You have the option to also send the email to your MP. To do that click on the link to find your MP link or enter your postal code below. That will identify your MP and their email address. Copy that address into the “to” line of the email.
- Send this email, using your email system to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will come to APE. We will take your emails and present them to the Review Panel during the public hearings.
It is as simple as that. The Panel needs to hear from you. The process they have set up for the public hearings limits public input. We need to counter that by showing the Panel that the public is opposed to any further industrial and port development on Roberts Bank. HAVE YOUR SAY – NO T2
ATTENTION RBT2 REVIEW PANEL:
I HEREBY SUBMIT MY OPPOSITION TO THE VANCOUVER FRASER PORT AUTHORITY PROJECT TO BUILD A SECOND CONTAINER TERMINAL (RBT2) ON ROBERTS BANK, FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
- IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE TO BUILD A MAN-MADE ISLAND AND EXPANDED CAUSEWAY EXPROPRIATING OVER 1000 ACRES OF NATURAL HABITAT ON ROBERTS BANK, WHICH IS:
- AN INTERNATIONALLY IMPORTANT WETLAND
- WORLD RENOWNED FOR ITS MIGRATORY BIRD AND OTHER SHOREBIRD POPULATIONS
- THE NUMBER ONE IMPORTANT BIRD AREA IN CANADA
- A UNIQUE ECOSYSTEM SUPPORTING BIRDS, CRABS, SALMON, HERRING, ENDANGERED ORCA WHALES AND OTHER WILDLIFE SPECIES.
- RBT2 RISKS BREAKING THE CHAIN OF THE PACIFIC FLYWAY, A MAJOR NORTH AMERICAN FLYWAY TRAVELLED BY MIGRATORY BIRDS TO AND FROM THEIR BREEDING GROUNDS
- RBT2 WILL NEGATIVELY IMPACT MIGRATORY BIRDS, ESPECIALLY THE WESTERN SANDPIPER SPECIES THAT RELIES ON THE UNIQUE BIOFILM AS A CRITICAL FOOD SOURCE FOR THE FATTY ACIDS THAT IT NEEDS TO COMPLETE ITS MIGRATION.
- ENVIRONMENT CANADA SAYS BUILDING THE PORT WILL RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT ADVERSE IMPACTS TO BIRD SPECIES THAT WILL BE IMMEDIATE, IRREVERSIBLE, CONTINUOUS, AND CANNOT BE MITIGATED.
- RBT2 FORCES JUVENILE SALMON TRANSITIONING FROM RIVER TO OCEAN INTO DEEPER WATERS PUTTING THEM AT RISK OF PREDATION AND LOSS OF FEEDING OPPORTUNITIES.
- COMMUNITIES IN THE AREA WILL BE IMPACTED BY FURTHER INCREASES IN NOISE, LIGHT AND AIR POLLUTION. NONE OF THESE CAN BE MITIGATED.
- RBT2 WILL DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF PORT TRUCKS PER DAY AND CAUSE FURTHER TRAFFIC CONGESTION ON OUR HIGHWAYS
- CANADA’S TRADING NEEDS CAN BE WELL SATISFIED BY EXPANDING CONTAINER TERMINAL FACILITIES IN PRINCE RUPERT.
RBT2 IS NOT GOOD FOR CANADA AND IS NOT GOOD FOR CANADIANS.
FOR ALL OF THE ABOVE REASONS I ASK THAT THE REVIEW PANEL SAY NO TO ANY FURTHER PORT DEVELOPMENT ON ROBERTS BANK AND THAT MY MP SUPPORT MY CALL TO PREVENT RBT2 BEING BUILT.