From BC Nature newsletter September 2020.
|Dear BC Nature Members:
Estuaries are areas where fresh water from a river or stream mixes with the salt water of the sea. These are among the most fertile environments on earth! Estuaries support a remarkable abundance of life including microscopic plankton, invertebrate, fish, birds and mammals. When we protect an estuary we protect one of our richest resources.
About 80 percent of the natural functioning and biodiversity of the Lower Fraser River and Estuary has already been lost to industrial and port development. Recent projects such as the Fortis Tilbury LNG Facility and the Vancouver Airport Marine Terminal and Fuel Receiving Facility have contributed to this decline.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Roberts Bank Container Terminal 2 Project RBT2 is a significant hit on the remainder. The Fraser River and Estuary is at a tipping point, with further industrialization in general and port development at Roberts Bank in particular risking its eventual demise.
We are therefore reaching out to you, the BC Nature membership to ask you to sign this new House of Commons petition, whose aim is to stop the Roberts Bank Container Terminal 2 Project.
This new e-petition (click the button below to sign), sponsored by MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith Paul Manly, was opened for signature on September 2 2020. In just a few days it is already garnering huge support. When Parliament resumes MP Manly will be presenting the petition to the House of Commons. It calls on the Government of Canada to:
Why are we asking you to take action?The RBT2 project threatens the Fraser Estuary. Roberts Bank is among the most significant and important wetland habitat on the BC West Coast. Roberts Bank is recognized for its biodiversity, as a wetland of international significance, a globally significant important bird area, a crucial stopover on the Pacific Flyway and a vital connection of the food web for fish, birds and marine mammals across the North Pacific Ocean.
The RBT2 project is an environmental disaster that:
Roger Emsley, BC Nature Liaison and Co-chair on the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project