Susan Jones of Delta, British Columbia, has shared with MetroVanWatch this letter, which she sent on May 7, 2016 to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and key members of the federal Cabinet, as well as many Members of Parliament based in B.C. (see list at bottom). We have added some bold for the convenience of readers. If your views are similar to those of Ms. Jones, or you would like to add your voice to the dialogue with the federal government, you may wish to write them yourself too. You can find your MP using your postal code. Also check out this related petition to Government of Canada, sponsored by MP Fin Donnelly on protection of the environment: https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-345
Federal Accountability to the new B.C. bridge facilitating LNG and fuel supertankers on the Fraser River
To the Government of Canada, a letter by Susan Jones, Delta, B.C., May 7, 2016
As you are aware, the Government of British Columbia plans to build the largest bridge ever built in B.C. The BC Government is seeking federal funding. They claim it is to address a traffic bottleneck at the George Massey Tunnel across the lower end of the south arm of the globally-significant Fraser River delta.
Indeed traffic at the Massey Tunnel is congested. However, original plans to twin the existing tunnel (still good for several decades) were abandoned without public input, without explanation, and without a business plan. There are more modest alternatives to this over-sized, over-priced new bridge. One alternative is the original plan to twin the tunnel at less than 1 billion dollars as opposed to the $3.5 billion estimate for the new bridge. Another alternative is a much more modest bridge. Some informed sources state traffic congestion could be eased with rapid transit.
The B.C. Gateway Program Definition Report of January, 2006, recognized that twinning the tunnel would move congestion to the crossings over the North Arm of the Fraser River at the Oak Street and Knight Street Bridges. The Report stated upgrades would be needed at those locations as well as at the Massey Tunnel. Now the B.C. Government denies that congestion would move from the Massey Tunnel to the north arm of the Fraser River.
Correspondence obtained under Freedom of Information from the Port of Vancouver reveals that from 2012 to 2014, the Port of Vancouver worked with the federal government, the provincial government, B.C. Gateway and vested interests to plan this massive bridge. The municipalities and the public were not consulted. The correspondence reveals that the Port of Vancouver made it clear it needed a very high bridge, removal of the George Massey Tunnel and future dredging to facilitate supertankers and Aframax freighters carrying jet fuel, as well as LNG vessels on the Fraser River for the first time in history. Continue reading