In April the federal government granted conditional approval of the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 port expansion. In order to proceed, the controversial proposal must be approved by the British Columbia provincial government.
The provincial Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) is accepting public comments until June 8, 2023.
Despite potentially significant and detrimental impacts on biodiversity, the Canadian federal government has given the green light to the 3-berth container terminal expansion project proposed by Port Metro Vancouver. This decision is a threat to various endangered species, including the Southern Resident Killer Whales, Chinook salmon, and numerous bird species.
The BC NDP Government holds the power to approve or halt the project, and their decision is still pending. The EAO is seeking your valuable feedback on their draft materials before submitting the project to the Ministers for their final decision. This is a critical opportunity for you to influence the outcome.
British Columbia is currently developing a Coastal Marine Strategy. The strategy aims to ensure the health of coastal-marine ecosystems and the well-being of communities. It emphasizes the significance of areas close to the shore, which serve as habitats for diverse marine life and cherished spaces for people to live, work, gather food, and connect with nature.
The BC NDP completed the public engagement strategy earlier this Spring and now we will see their commitment to protecting the marine environment as they have a key decision in front of them with the federal government’s approval the Roberts Bank Terminal expansion, which puts the very marine environment they seek to protect at risk.
The BC provincial government has a responsibility to take substantial action to safeguard the interests of residents and preserve the biodiversity of the Salish Sea.
The federal environmental assessment overlooked the Southern Gulf Islands entirely, close neighbours of the Roberts Bank Terminal 2, and they will be directly impacted by the expansion. For decades, the provincial government has recognized the ecological sensitivity of the Southern Gulf Islands and has made efforts to “preserve and protect” the archipelago through the Islands Trust Act.
The expansion of Roberts Bank Terminal 2 poses a direct threat to these conservation efforts. Now is the opportunity for the British Columbia provincial government to demonstrate leadership and make a meaningful difference for the the Southern Gulf Islands demonstrate leadership by rejecting the application to expand the terminal.
Please submit your comment regarding the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project to the BC Government before June 8. You can provide your feedback through the British Columbia EPIC website here.
Your input is crucial in influencing the decision-making process and protecting our environment.