It is a fight that lasted several years but the proposal to build a coal port to ship thermal (dirty) coal from the Fraser Surrey Docks is dead. From Dogwood:
After six long years of community pushback, the Port of Vancouver has cancelled its permit for the controversial U.S. thermal coal proposal. 1
A port spokesperson told The Tyee today the company was required to show “substantial progress” on the project, and failed to do so. Fraser Surrey Docks was fighting an ongoing court battle with local residents represented by our friends at Ecojustice.
This is a huge win for grassroots groups including Communities and Coal, Voters Taking Action on Climate Change, and all the Dogwood volunteers in Delta, White Rock, New Westminster, Burnaby, Vancouver and Surrey who fought this filthy project over many years. Congratulations!
Organizers from B.C. to California have defeated a string of dirty thermal coal proposals up and down the coast. That’s good for the health and safety of people who live, work, or go to school near the train tracks. Coal dust is toxic, deadly stuff.
Plus it’s a win for the global climate.In 2013, the Globe and Mail described the project:
“Burning coal for electricity really has no place in a world that is serious about fighting climate change,” said Ecojustice lawyer Fraser Thompson today in reaction to the news. “An end to this project is a step in that direction.”
Does this mean less thermal coal will be burned in Asia? Probably not. Australia can't ship enough of this climate-killing garbage. It does mean that they won't be getting their high-carbon fuel for their generating plants from this dock, from Canada. And that is a win. The fight to end this disgraceful trade in thermal coal isn't over.
The Fraser Surrey Docks coal port project, if approved by the authority, could see [thermal] coal exports in B.C. jump by nearly eight million tonnes a year. Coal – coming primarily from the northern United States – would be unloaded directly from rail cars onto receiving pits and transferred directly onto barges. The barges would carry the coal to Texada Island in the Straight of Georgia, where it would be stored at an existing storage yard and then transferred to deep-sea vessels for export to Asia.