Communities and Coal, Dogwood Initiative and Voters Taking Action on Climate Change collectively encouraged the public and organizations to sign on to the open letter at right opposing 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. You can watch a video of Paula Williams from Communities and Coal delivering the letter at right.
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.
The signed letter has been shared with the Port, our local elected representatives, MPs, MLAs, health authorities and media to remind them of our concern.
As Paula Williams said when she delivered the letter, 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.
There are numerous legal, process, and organizing efforts ahead on this project. if you would like to stay informed and get involved, please sign the letter below and check that you want to stay informed.