• “We are organized, we are determined, and we will continue to fight this project in the courts, in the permitting process, and in the public arena.  We will not let this port be built.”

    Paula Williams, Co-Founder of Communities and Coal
In May 2015, Fraser Surrey Docks announced it wanted to change its proposal for shipping U.S. thermal coal.  Now it wants permission to load coal onto both giant coal ships bound for Asia and barges bound for Texada Island.  The company has made its new proposal official: it’s applied for an amendment to its port permit and is now taking public comment on the application until August 21st.

Back in May, Communities and Coal, Dogwood Initiative and Voters Taking Action on Climate Change collectively encouraged the public and organizations to sign on to an open letter (at right) telling Fraser Surrey Docks we still oppose a new coal port on the Fraser River.

The letter, now signed by more than 3000 individuals and endorsed by 60 groups, was delivered to Fraser Surrey Docks CEO Jeff Scott in person at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Annual Meeting on June 2nd, but the company has not acknowledged the letter in the documents posted for the current public comment period.

That’s why we’ve re-opened the letter and will be re-submitting it to Fraser Surrey Docks on August 21st.  Add your signature to this public letter by filling out the form below.  We’ll continue to update the letter signatures here.

We’re also encouraging people to send individual letters.  This is the time that the port, as the public regulator for the permit amendment application, should be taking public comments to inform its decision.  But, instead of living up to this responsibility, the port is asking people to send comments directly to the proponent.

This is unacceptable, especially given the high stakes for our communities.  A coal port on the Fraser means more coal trains in our communities, it means more risk of oil spills and accidents in the Salish Sea, and it means more global warming pollution when that coal is burned.  We’re deeply concerned that once the Massey Tunnel is taken out Fraser Surrey Docks will want to bring longer, larger ships to Surrey to load even more coal.  That’s not the future we want for our region.

People deserve to know that their voices have weight in the decision-making process and these concerns will be addressed.  The port and Fraser Surrey Docks need to know that local residents will accept nothing less.  Use the form below to send a personal letter today and we will post it on this website instead of lost in the proponent’s inbox.

See the signatories to the letter here.

See which organizations have endorsed the letter here.

See individual letters submitted on the Fraser Surrey Docks amendment here.

The Fraser Surrey Docks proposal is even worse than before.  If approved it could mean dozens of barges AND dozens of ships full of coal loading up on the Fraser River and sailing through our waterways.  And don’t forget a least one additional coal train every day along the rail line.


Despite the feedback they have received to date, neither the port authority nor Fraser Surrey Docks has addressed these major flaws in their U.S. thermal coal export proposal:

  • No Health Impact Assessment
  • Zero assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island
  • No consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects
  • No public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions

Enough is enough.  Use the form below to write a personalized letter here before August 21st to tell Fraser Surrey Docks exactly what you think of its coal port proposal.

  • After completing this form you will receive an email confirming our receipt of your signature on the letter. We respect your privacy. You will not receive a further email from us unless you opt to join our mailing list.


Organizations who would like to sign our open letter

If you would like to sign on behalf of an organization, please contact us at info@realporthearings.org to get the process started.

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Partner Organizations

Dogwood Initiative
Communities and Coal
Voters Taking Action Against Climate Change

Organizations who have signed this letter

Dogwood Initiative
Seventh Heaven Bio Salon
Sunshine Coast Conservation Association
David Suzuki Foundation
BC Environmental Network
Citizens Against Port Expansion
Council of Canadians – Mid-Island Chapter
Communities and Coal
Kids for Climate Action
Cimate Solutions
British Columbia Sustainable Energy Association
350 Seattle
Earth Aware Toastmasters
Real Hearings
Boundary Bay Conservation Committee
Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition
Lasqueti Nature Conservancy
Ahavat Olam Synagogue
Coal Watch Comox Valley Society
Awareness of Climate Change through Education and Research
Lee Lourdeaux Therapy
Coal Export Stories
Pacific Image Home Designs
Georgia Straight Alliance
Voters Taking Action Against Climate Change
Fraser Riverkeeper
BC-Yukon KAIROS Region
Greenpeace USA
Clearshot Entertainment
Watershed Watch Salmon Society
Sierra Club
Life Force Society
Northern Plains Resource Council
Power Past Coal
Forest Ethics
Kerrisdale Lumber Company
Wreck Beach Preservation Society
San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping
Friends of the Earth
Board of Change
Pipe Up Network
Washington Environmental Council
Against Port Expansion
Western Organization of Resource Councils
Albernie Valley Transition Town Society
Burns Bog Conservation Society
Landowners and Citizens for a Safe Community
Lush Cosmetics
Mount Baker Group of the Sierra Club
Angle Design
Canadian Marine Environment Protection Society
Sierra Club BC
New West Environmental Partners