It’s time the Province stood up for the people of BC on the US coal export issue!
The Port Authority isn’t listening to public concerns about the health, environment and climate impacts of coal export expansion. It’s time for the BC government to take charge.
Our Premier has said she wants to “do the world a favour” by exporting LNG so that Asian countries can stop burning dirty thermal coal. She can do us all a favour — and much more quickly, too — by demanding a comprehensive health and environmental assessment of plans to export up to 8 million tonnes of US thermal coal from Surrey and Texada Island each year.
Can you ask the Premier, Environment Minister and Health Minister to take action? Go here.
So far, our provincial government has avoided this issue:
Our Health Ministry suggests we follow up with our Health Authorities as this is a “regional” concern. An odd response, considering these coal export proposals impact half the population of the province, and the Health Ministry surely knows the Port has refused to collaborate with our Health Officers in any meaningful way.
Our Environment Ministry encourages us to take part in the Port’s “ongoing consultation process.” Unfortunately there isn’t one, and the Port’s environmental impact assessment of coal exports was rejected as fundamentally flawed.
There is overwhelming support for comprehensive assessment of coal export plans among health and environmental experts, Health Authorities, local governments and the public, but the Port Authority may still push through approval of this project anyway — unless we stand up to them.
It’s time for the BC government to stand up for the public interest!