The Fraser River has the largest estuary on North America’s Pacific Coast. This is Canada’s major stopover of the Pacific Flyway with millions of migrating birds travelling over 3 continents, including 20 countries. The estuary and surrounding watershed supports Canada’s largest populations of wintering waterfowl, shorebirds and birds of prey with global and local recognition:
- the most significant Important Bird Area (IBA) in Canada
- highest designation site under the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network
- designation as 4 provincial Wildlife Management Areas
- an international RAMSAR site under the International Convention on Wetlands – shockingly Canada would not include Roberts Bank in the RAMSAR site even though the fresh water/salt water blending area is key to the rich ecosystems
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority plans to dredge the Fraser River Estuary and fill in 400 acres of estuarine habitat for an island with an expanded tug basin and causeway at Deltaport, Roberts Bank, for a new 3-berth container terminal. Deltaport already has 3 container berths and a coal terminal. A federal environmental assessment by a Review Panel has been underway since 2013 and this year your input will be requested. Several groups will work to keep the public informed.
The environmental assessment for the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project is moving forward and this year is likely key to a decision.
You can help protect Canada’s amazing Fraser River Delta and Estuary by spreading the word and writing Members of Parliament. https://www.ourcommons.ca/en/contact-us
For those courageous enough to wade through thousands of pages (nearly 1400 documents to date) of the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 environmental assessment documents, they can be accessed at the following link: https://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/evaluations/proj/80054?culture=en-CA or just Google: CEAA 80054
The Environmental Impact Statement can be seen at the following link: https://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/evaluations/document/101482?culture=en-CA
Public hearings and input will be requested in the coming months. In the meantime, the Review Panel has invited the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Transport Canada, and Ashcroft Terminal to present at an information session. Public are invited but will not be allowed to participate or ask questions. Written input will be accepted by the Panel. https://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/evaluations/document/126501?culture=en-CA
The Review Panel for the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project is holding an information session on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the Simon Fraser University Harbour Center, 515 West Hastings Street, Rooms 1400-1430.
The public is invited to observe the session in person or listen in by a live audio feed at 1 877-413-4792, conference ID# 2400834. Following the session, a transcript of the proceedings will be posted to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry (reference #80054). Below is the schedule of events.
9 a.m. – Welcome and Chair Opening Remarks
9:10 a.m. – Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Presentation I – Container Shipping
9:50 a.m. – Panel Questions and Answers
10:10 a.m. – BREAK
10:30 a.m. – Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Presentation II – Future Shipping Trend and the Mercator Report
11:10 a.m. – Panel Question and Answers
11:30 a.m. – Transport Canada Presentation – Trends, Capacity and Container Terminal Competitiveness
12:00 p.m. – Panel Questions and Answers
12:30 p.m. – LUNCH BREAK
2:00 p.m. – Ashcroft Terminal Presentation – Role, advantages and constraints of inland terminals
2:30 p.m. – Panel Questions and Answers
Questions about the information session or about the environmental assessment for the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project can be directed to email@example.com
All information provided by the Proponent in the form of its Environmental Impact Statement, Marine Shipping Addendum and supplementary material, and information provided by participants during the review, can be found on the Registry (reference #80054).
Contact for more information:
Panel Manager, Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project