Coal Export plans spark November 18 Community Town Hall in South Delta

Communities and Coal, a grassroots group, will be hosting a Town Hall in South Delta regarding the coal export plans for the Fraser Surrey Docks.

The meeting will be held on Monday, November 18th starting at 7pm at the Tsawwassen United Church (693-53rd St.). For further details on the issues at play, please see the article: Anti-coal meeting set for Tsawwassen (Delta Optimist, Sándor Gyarmati, November 14, 2013).

Pictured: Westshore Terminals in Roberts Bank

Pictured: Westshore Terminals in Roberts Bank

The Vancouver Sun has also published a related article: Coal’s health impact in the crosshairs in Metro Vancouver – Vancouver Coastal, Fraser health bodies wanted greater role in impact assessment (Gordon Hoekstra, November 15, 2013).

The impacts of the proposed Fraser Surrey Docks coal export terminal go well beyond Metro Vancouver. Apart from the health effects of coal dust and the contributions of the burning of coal to greenhouse gases, other BC communities could be affected. In particular, Texada Island would serve as a storage location and import / export terminal to receive barges transporting coal from the Fraser Surrey Docks. The coal would then be unloaded, stored, and loaded onto larger vessels in a deep port facility (see a CityHallWatch post for more details here). What do Texada Island residents think about a deep port facility for coal exports?

Local activists in Gillies Bay brought Dr. Frank James to Texada Island. A video of Dr. James’ speech on October 19, 2013 and a summary of the Town Hall attended by 100 residents can be found in the following post: Dr. Frank James speaks on Texada Island about Coal Health Issues. This last Town Hall is just the latest in a series of events that illustrate strong local opposition to the deep port coal export facility. More details about the Surrey Fraser coal terminal proposal and the Texada Island plans are available on the website for Voters Taking Action on Climate Change: www.vtacc.org.

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