In 2013 several groups joined forces to create Real Port Hearings to ensure that we have a transparent, public repository of comments to decision-makers on the proposal to export US thermal coal from Fraser Surrey Docks-Texada Island.

To date the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the provincial government have not adequately responded to public concerns or engaged in meaningful consultation on the risks to health and the environment from this proposal to export US thermal coal from Metro Vancouver.

Scroll down to see public comments sent to the Port and Fraser Surrey Docks in response to the proposed coal permit amendment.  Directly below, a summary of previous expressions of opposition to this project.

Metro Vancouver opposes US coal port on the Fraser River, details here.

Public expressions of opposition to coal port on Fraser River:

Read the June 2015 open letter opposing a US coal port in Surrey here.

  • Review the +3000 signatories to the letter here, and the organizations endorsing the letter here.
  • Watch a video showing Paula Williams of Communities and Coal delivering the letter to Fraser Surrey Docks CEO Jeff Scott at the Port Authority AGM here.

Public comments to BC government on the project here.

Concerns about waste water permit application to Metro Vancouver:

Public comments on coal port waste water permit here.

Detailed critiques of the Waste Water permit application:

Public comments on coal port EIA here.

Other critiques of the coal port EIA here.

Members of the BC legislature who support action on the issue:

  • Liberal caucus calls for transparent health impact assessment (HIA) of coal port expansion, done in consultation with public Health Authorities: Letter.
  • NDP caucus supports call for independent HIA of coal export expansion.  Letter.
  • Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver calls on government to show leadership on thermal coal exports. Blog post.
  • Independent MLA Vicki Huntington calls on Port Authority to commit to independent HIA. Letter.

Expert Critiques of the Permit Amendment Application

Over 2000 comments from US citizens opposed to this project here.

NameSubjectComment on Coal Port ProposalCity/TownProvince/State
Laurel C B StranaghanPort Approval Process Outrage Outraged that any Body would consider this pipeline location a viable possibility. I actually believe we should leave the tarsands oil in the ground, restore the area back to it's natural state and get busy creating green energy sustainable solutions which will create far more job that will last longer - far into the future! solutionsVancouverBritish Columbia
Deryl HendersonCoal exportBC citizens deserve a day over anything that can have significant environmental impact. Count us in dont shut us out!!Prince georgeBritish Columbia
Alexandra HepburnCoal ExportI do not agree with coal ExportsMassetBritish Columbia
Stephanie AdkinsNO COALNo COALCoquitlamBritish Columbia
Anne MorrisProject to build new thermal coal ports on the Fraser River, and ship it by barge to Texada IslandI am outraged at the undemocratic decision-making process concerning the plan to build new thermal coal ports on the Fraser River, and to ship it by barge to Texada Island.

There has been no health impact assessment and no assessment of the impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island;

There has been no consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects.

Nor have there been public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions
Salmon Arm, BCBritish Columbia
Tanya DurocherPipelines and tankers coal exportMy message to the Federal Gov. B.C., Fraser Surrey docks and the port authority.

I do not believe a pipeline or tankers are good for our environment AT ALL. We know and can see the evidence from past spills and accidents into the environment. It's inevitable, it will happen if this proposal goes through. This is crazy and unacceptable. We do not just roll over and allow big industries and their friends in the federal government bully their way through our province. I do not trust the National Energy Board to make a decision or conduct a credible review concerning the pipeline and tanker proposal.

This planet earth with mother nature, they do not need humans, it is us that need them. Once humans have abused our right to live here we will be gone and the earth will still carry on.
Bella CoolaBritish Columbia
Coral BrownThe people deserve a sayPlease be democratic - allow and then consider the electorate before allowing the coal exports from Vancouver.
We must have a new agenda..not just an economic one. What is best for the health of the people and the environment. We must learn to do business differently or we will have no fresh air or water. We must also consider climate change and do all in our power to prevent it. We cannot economically afford climate change and the disasters which are happening around the world.
KaledenBritish Columbia
william caseyUnbelievablewe cannot count on our elected politicians to look out for our most basic of public issues,
It is unbelievable how these people elected honestly by the people cannot even appear to have our best interests at heart ahead of business.
Shame on this.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Suzanne SummersgillWe the people deserve a sayNo new coal proposal. We deserve a say!VancouverBritish Columbia
Lee GrimmerThermal Coal ports (not) in BCThe Port And The Federal Government B.C. Deserves A Say Over Coal Export Proposals.NanaimoBritish Columbia
Rick CunninghamInformed consentThe citizens of British Columbia and especially the citizens of the coast and of Vancouver desrve the right to be fully informed of the plan for a new coal port. We insist on having our voices heard and wish to clearly understand the potential benefits and risks associated with this business development. Common sense should be used here, in that we all know coal is a less than ideal fuel source. Do we really want to encourage its widespread use internationally?Shawnigan Lk.British Columbia
Yvonne SasleyPlease no new coal portOur environment is the most precious resource we have and will become even more so as climate change ravages our planet. Please lead responsibly to ensure
we do everything in our control to do no more damage.
LadysmithBritish Columbia
Joanne SmyrskiCoal exportsPlease do not expand this archaic industry. Invest in the future!SurreyBritish Columbia
Andrew HughesCoal PortWas it decided not use Texada Island as a Deep-Sea-Port because it would bring too much attention to the open pit limestone mine located there.The ridge it is located on is slowly disappearing. Visible from Hornby Island I have observed the expansion over a period of twenty years.

In 2008 the company removed 8,000,000 tons of limestone. The owners say the area contains enough limestone to operate for another 200 years at this pace. Isn't it time to show a little respect for Earth's Ecosystem?
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Janet MurrayNo to fossil fuels being shipped from Bc coastI do not want fossil fuels shipped from BC's coastNorth VancouverBritish Columbia
J MacDermotCoal ExportsThe export of US thermal coal to Asia through the Lower Mainland is unjustifiable on a number of grounds:
-environmental (diesel emissions and coal dust from noisy train transport through residential areas, as well as possible catastrophic marine incidents on fish habitat, etc.) as well lessening dependence in Asia on coal for energy.
-limited econonic benefits for BC: a few jobs, likely to not be long-term as coal use declines
-the undemocratic regulation process where the fox seems to have been put in charge of the henhouse, with limited input from the public, health experts, First Nations, etc.

The fact that virtually no American West Coast ports allow coal exports is telling. Why would we be doing this for US coal producers for limited benefit and with significant environmental and health risks?
If there are compelling reasons why this is a justifiable project those arguments should be made during a fully open and fair process. The absence of such processes strongly suggests that these exports will not withstand full scrutiny.

Please ensure that the people of BC have the ability to provide full input on this project, and let it be approved on its merits, or rejected because of the many concerns expressed.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Lynn ShepherdCoal export facilitiesIncreasing capacity for shipping coal from Fraser River docking facilities will create unacceptable risks for the metro Vancouver area where I live. The Fraser river valley and delta have human and fish population concentrations as well as prime farmland that cannot tolerate infrastructure development for shipment of thermal coal on account of its direct negative impacts and potential disastrous impacts from accidents. The NEB and Port Metro Vancouver public input processes are deeply flawed, essentially ignoring long-term public safety and health in favour of short-term perceived economic growth. However, coal-fired energy production is a prime contributor to climate change. The Lower Mainland will be left with outmoded infrastructure for shipping coal, the negative impacts of coal shipments AND sea level rise too. It is time to face realities of today's and future energy supplies. Coal and oil are unsustainable in the near- and long-term.VancouverBritish Columbia
suzan marczakcoal portIn an age where coal is recognized as one of the dirtiest fossil fuels, canada should not be contributing to climate change by encouraging exports to countries where it is used as a major fuel source. Phase out coal exports.use resources in a responsible manner, be good world citizens.vancouverBritish Columbia
nicolle tesslersay no to coallets stop creating unwanted, unjustified carbon emissions
lets develope Thorium please and keep BC safe and green and progessive.
there are better ways
vancouverBritish Columbia
Sylvia OatesNo New Coal PortSave our already endangered salmon stocks! Don't allow the new coal port on the Fraser!VancouverBritish Columbia
Kristen HarveyNo new coal portProtect our natural resourcesNorth vanBritish Columbia
Jenny DentNo to CoalPlease consult with First Nations and the general public as to whether this project should move forward.VancouverBritish Columbia
Catherine TaylorNo to building a port to transport coalI am not in support of building a thermal coal port in VANCOUVER or metro Vancouver.CoquitlamBritish Columbia
Susan PetrusaNo Thermal Coal PortsInvesting in coal ports is regressive, and disastrous for the environment. How can you sleep at night?! Please think about what you are doing and consider putting your talent into sustainable endeavours that will enhance our lives instead of destroying them. Please.New WestminsterBritish Columbia
samantha rafterystop the insanity!In coal mining areas in the USA,
studies showed that people living in coal
mining areas had higher rates of health
problems, including cardiopulmonary
disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease, high blood pressure, lung
disease, and kidney disease.
Trains and trucks hauling coal release
toxic air pollutants, including tons of
nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate
matter (PM) into the air every year,
primarily through diesel exhaust. Some
of the health effects of NOx and PM
include increased asthma, wheezing,
and cough in children; heart
rhythm disturbance, ischemic
heart diseases, and congestive
heart failure; and higher rates of
infant mortality. In addition to
NOx and PM, the coal dust also
contains heavy metals, such as
selenium, lead, and mercury. The
dust may be carcinogenic, and
has been linked to lymphomas.
victoria, bcBritish Columbia
Davood HershBeyond CoalIf this plan goes ahead, we are locked into a life of serious pollution here in BC and then we'll ship the same problem to other nations. We have no excuse to proliferate our negative resources anywhere around the globe including our own home. This must stopAgassizBritish Columbia
erryl sandermanCoal Export proposalsDespite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:
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.

THis requires much more public input and a consensus re the future of col and coal export and Roberts Bank expansion!
tsawwassenBritish Columbia
justin sampsomfossile fuels should be fossile history!Fossiles are buried undergorund for a reason its poison to life itself,such a shame this beautiful planet is being destroyed by stupidity amd greed, we as a race are not stupid and know better, untill the last fish is dead crops fail and the water being undrinkable from poison and the air to toxic to breath you will then know you can not eat moneysydney minesNova Scotia
Bruce NobleNo coal portWhy the hell are we mining this stuff anyway. So we can ship it to China and they can cause the biggest environmental footprint the on the planet. Maybe it's time that countries like China moved into the 21st century and found new renewable sources of energy instead burning coal. Then we don't need to spend billows on a coal port.BurnabyBritish Columbia
Brian MacDonaldCoalI want proper independent studies with input from the public on all proposals to ship coal from Canadian waters including health impact and collision assessment.PentictonBritish Columbia
Carolee ColterCoal export proposalThere has been no assessment of human health impacts or environmental impacts or cumulative impacts of loading coal in metro Vancouver and barging coal to Texada Island.

And there has been no meaningful public input, let alone a public hearing.

To permit and facilitate the mining and exporting of coal at this point in history is to say that the consequences of burning coal anywhere on this planet are of no concern to Port Metro Vancouver or the federal government. As a BC resident affected the forest fires during this exceptionally hot, dry season, I take exception to doing business as usual, as if coal had no impact on the climate.
NelsonBritish Columbia
Marianne LightfootFSD & Coal?I truly do not want to be disrespectful but then what you are proposing is so disrepectful to the community, health & the environment that I may wander off that gentle, respectful track.

It boggles the mind & makes words hard to find. Sad. Despicable. Money & "growth" and damn the consequences?

And what about responsibility, sustainability & stewardship?

Adding my name to the list of those opposed to growth for the sake of growth and to hell with the consequences.
BurnabyBritish Columbia
eee teedon't put coal through port metro vancouverThink of the HUMANS: your friends, relatives, children? Grandchildren? Anyone and everyone you know who breathes air in Vancouver? Don't subject people to something they don't want, or need.quathiaski coveBritish Columbia
Cynthia MoranNO to new coal portCanada, and in particular BC has had a history of respecting the environment; by promoting environmentally friendly projects and initiatives. With this proposal I fear we are abandoning reason and weakening our standards of living. In the recent path that we have created, in which environmental assessments and stakeholder engagement is neither mandatory or considered important, we are reducing ourselves and our land to the whim of the very corporations that are destroying our environment. Please, stop this project and invest in one that is progressive and environmentally conscious. Be a leader invest in our future.VancouverBritish Columbia
Julia MurphyNO!I do not believe that the plan to export American coal to Asia through the Fraser Surrey Docks should have been approved, and I do not believe that the amendments should be approved.

Coal is a poor fuel choice for any country. Its environmental impacts where it is mined and where it is burned are unacceptable in the 21st century as the global climate change become more and more evident. For this reason alone, the amendments should not be approved and the original approval rescinded.
But to expose the residents of White Rock, Surrey, Delta, New Westminster and Burnaby to the contamination inevitably associated with the transhipment of coal, whatever mitigation measures are in place, in order to make possible the environmental impacts of coal mining and burning is unconscionable.

Furthermore, urban, shipping, and industrial growth in Metro Vancouver, including many of the activities overseen by Port Metro Vancouver, are increasing stress on the Fraser River ecosystem.

How much more can the river take before its salmon population finally collapses and it becomes a toxic liability, rather than a beautiful and productive watercourse?

No to the amendment and no to coal transhipment through Fraser Surrey Docks, or any other Port Metro Vancouver site.
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Edna HobbsCoal exports out of B.C.I am tired of B.C. residents playing second fiddle to large, pollution-producing industry. Why are we shipping dirty coal that comes from the central U.S. when California, Oregon and Washington won't touch it?
Why are we shipping coal that will produce pollution in Asia/South Asia that will blow across the Pacific and right back into the air we breathe? Why can the people living on the coast of B.C. not decide how its waters will be protected? Why does our federal government think that we want jobs, any jobs, regardless of the pollution it produces?
ChilliwackBritish Columbia
Lorraine HoppsCoalI am deeply concerned with the plan to build a new thermal coal port in Burnaby. There has not been enough studies to show the impact this will have on the health of the citizens that will be breathing in the coal dust. No impact studies on the increased traffic in the waters along the route. It is a dirty fuel that causes respiratory diseases and respiratory distress. Without the studies in place it will be a careless and irresponsible venture that is too risky to allow.Qualicum BeachBritish Columbia
James TaylorCoal PortPlease, please do not go ahead with this plan. It is wrong for Canada and wrong for BC.ComoxBritish Columbia
Joy RichardsonThermal coal export is a bad idea.A new coal port at Fraser Surrey Docks "will leave behind a damaged river, destroy fish habitat, negatively impact human health locally and globally, threaten fishery and tourism jobs and reduce quality of life along the river. No coal dust for the FSD, because the docks are in the centre of a residential area. We are about to have the legal right to a healthy environment [see BlueDot.ca - take action map]. Also, US based coal companies should use a US port! And it's only a matter of time before crimes against the environment, will be deemed crimes against humanity. ie: http://goo.gl/Q4IFgBLangleyBritish Columbia
Regina GaudetCoal Export ProposalsI wish to express my deep disappointment, bordering on outrage, at this flawed procedure which refuses to address the concerns of the people most affected by the operation of this project. I would expect a reasoned, responsible and open process that includes health impact studies, environmental impacts, impacts on neigh-bourhoods and communities along pro-posed shipping routes. What I see happening is a pushing through of self-serving corporate interests which seek only short-term profits. Any project that involves thermal coal can only be short-sighted and self-serving, as this is a dirty fuel which will soon and inevitably be replaced by green renewable fuels. The unwillingness to be open and collaborative in this process belies the crass motives of the proponents.RichmondBritish Columbia
Amy WalmsleyCoal Port comingAre you trying to close down Vancouver? or just make it too toxic to live there?

Just as in White Rock where the coal trains come through UNCOVERED, this message that you just don't give a damn is going around the World and within 5 years only Asians wearing masks will have the nerve to live here!!
White RockBritish Columbia
Christina FastThe Proposed New Coal PortAs a long time resident of White Rock, I am concerned about the shocking increase in coal trains along our waterfront. Coal is a dirty fuel that we should be apandoning in favour of clean, renewable energy. We can encourage China to use clean energy as well by not supplying them with coal.White RockBritish Columbia
Erlene WoollardNo New Coal PortPlease enter the modern age where much knowledge is now available about the dangers of coal in all its forms except safely kept in the ground. We do not need to further pollute "our own nests" or those of innocent others by loading coal ships and sending them to pollute other places. Please use intellectual and democratic processes to make good clean decisions for the good of all and cease plans for loading coal in Vancouver. One day it may be safe and future generations will thank you for leaving something behind for them.VancouverBritish Columbia
DIANA OFTEBROA say over coal exportsno new coal portBurnabyBritish Columbia
Lisa JefferiesWe deserve a say since we have to live with the consequencesDear sir or Madam,

I am horrified that a coal export port is even being considered. It would be a terrible risk to our environment and our health and I am 100% against it. In every way possible, I will voice and vote against this. This citizens of BC deserve a say in something that affects us so directly, and especially when it is WE who have to live with the consequences.
SurreyBritish Columbia
Barbara Willmercoal port in VancouverTo whom it may concern,

I ask that the Port Metro Vancouver examine and take into account the public's feedback on the shipping facility for thermal coal proposed for Vancouver. Many of the public feel that a coal port is not a good option, for Vancouver and for the ocean that provides other forms of livelihood through fishing and tourism activities. We would like to see more exploration of the proposed facility's impacts on local health and on the ecosystem along the proposed barge route to Texada Island.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Barbara Willmer
Prince GeorgeBritish Columbia
Sarah TaylorNew coal port on Fraser riverTo whom it may concern,

I live on the Fraser river and am horrified by the proposal of a coal port being built by my home. There has been no environmental or health assessment for this project which is inexcusable. The delicate ecosystem of this river has been compromised enough by existing industry. It does not need to be taxed even further. As coal and oil/gas is being phased out globally due to the impact it has on our climate, it seems hugely irresponsible and extremely short sighted to carry out this project.
SurreyBritish Columbia
Sav RyonNO COAL! NO TANKERS!We are SICK of our government not responding to OUR DEMANDS NOT TO BRING COAL OR ANY MORE TANKERS TO OUR PORTS!

What does it take for you people to understand that it will be hazardous to EVERYONE including you, your children and their children. Why is GREED the only language you politicians speak?!

If you do not stop this proposed facility, it will have DISASTROUS effects on both the our waters, air and global climate change.

Why the hell are you even considering burning coal in the first place. IT'S FAR PAST TIME TO USE OTHER, CLEAN SOURCES OF ENERGY! We have the SUN, the WIND and a ball of lava in the centre of the earth all of which provide clean, safe energy. If you people would work to develop THESE and other sources of energy, we could all live happier, healthier lives and give the Earth a chance to survive. How short-sighted can you be?

STOP THE COAL PROJECT NOW!

We will NOT stand for this. You are creating an adversarial and dangerous environment of hostility between the people who live and visit here and the government. Just remember what has happened to governments that ignored the wishes of the people they were elected to represent. You are giving Canada a name and environment no different than those of North Korea and other countries where a dictator decides what the situation really is and the people must go along with it or be punished. THIS IS CANADA! We have a say!! Stop this insane idea!!
BurnabyBritish Columbia
Meriza BenningtonNo to Coal being loaded on the Fraser River and sending barges of coal to Texada IslandB. C. deserves a say over coal export! The following needs to addressed: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 Impact on the Fraser River.
I am very concerned regarding the impact on wild salmon and believe this amount of coal is detrimental to the health of ecosystems along the Fraser River and along the route especially if accidents occur. I do not want this coal ships to be loaded on the Fraser River and barges of coal sent to Texada Island.
North VancouverBritish Columbia
Kelly NoblesWe don't need coal!I have been shocked and concerned over the last few months to learn about plans to bring increasing amounts of US coal through BC ports. I signed a petition against the planned coal loading facility on the Fraser River; now I see Fraser Surrey Docks wants to expand its project further, with both ships and Texada-bound barges being loaded on the Fraser.

This expanded proposal must not be approved without a new Health Impact Assessment and a thorough assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island. Furthermore, the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects must be taken into consideration. Once all this information is made available to the public, there needs to be a proper process including public hearings and meaningful consideration of public input before a permit can be granted.

The quick money that is to be made in coal is part of the dying convulsions of the fossil fuels industry. Let's invest in the future, in earth friendly and human health-friendly energy solutions that will benefit our children's children and all future British Columbians.

There is no room in a sustainable future for coal, known by history as an even more polluting fuel that oil and gas. Let's leave it in the ground where it belongs.
North VancouverBritish Columbia
John MatherIndependent impact assessments are crucialWe need credible,INDEPENDENT impact assessments for the proposed new thermal coal port at Fraser Surrey Docks.

It is a conflict of interest to ask the potential polluter to assess the potential environmental damage of their actions, and base authorization of the change to the current system, on this corporate assessment.

Please ensure that a credible, independent assessment of the proposal is conducted, prior to authorization.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Anna Jung- WNew thermal coal to be builtd in BCMy Family and I - we are in VERY STRONG OPPOSITION against of the project to build the new thermal coal port in BC.

Our Province has been always known as a HEALTHY Province - and NOW - WHAT HAS HAPPENED??!

We, our children and grand children are FORSED to live in a very DANGEROUS enviroment, and it is coming to be worse and worse!.

But NOBODY from the people responsible for this situation cares about it - AND DOES NOT HAVE ANY RESPECT for BC Citizens and their's health.

WE, British Columbians, ARE NOT ACCEPTING THE RISKY FOSSIL FUEL EXPORT PROJECTS TO BE RAMMED DOWN OUR THROATS.

Anna and Family
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
jack ellimancoal?!?!Get with the times! Chinas pollution makes it all the way to canada FYIlumbyBritish Columbia
Adam Nugent-HopkinsNo coal exportDon't export coal off of B.C's coast line.BurnabyBritish Columbia
Brenda SmythCoal Ships in Metro Vancouver' s Fraser RiverThis is a very risky coal export proposal done without an independent assessment - done by citizens without a vested interest in the project. To dater there has been :

- 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

The process to date is not to be trusted. Set up an independent committee to consider all the above points and give a fair assessment of the Coal Export proposals.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
rick le nouryCoal Export from CanadaHow can anyone respect the credibility of any governing body or corporation within Canada that supports the mining, export and subsequent burning of coal in one breath and then claims to be reducing global greenhouse gasses in the other. The two are contradictory and are not reconcilable. We ALL have to accept the burning of fossil fuels, including coal, contributes significantly to global warming. The vast majority of independently funded scientists from around the world agree that global warming is the predominant and most crucial challenge humanity is facing.
I do not support the mining, export or burning of coal. Perhaps those that do promote and engage in the exporting of coal and other fossil fuels should be considered to be committing a crime against humanity.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Katie MNo new coal portAs a British Columbian I feel it is absolutely unacceptable to move forward on a proposed coal port without proper environmental and health impact assessments and without any public hearings to involve citizens in the decision, assessments must also be made to determine the impacts along the proposed routes. This decision should be made democratically and in the best interests of all British columbians, not just in the interests of corporations. Please seriously reconsider this proposal before moving forward.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Geoff & Eva ScatchardU.S.A. COALStop shipping American coal from British Columbia !Campbell River B.C.British Columbia
Dianne BurdittThermal Coal PortsThanks so much for NOT CONSIDERING the environment or people who live in Vancouver or on the banks of the Fraser River...........I'm talking about directly loading ships with coal in DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER and then sending the barges of coal to Texada Island. Thanks so much for not caring about the citizens of BC or Canada for that matter; strip our country of resources and send to countries who have no environmental laws and don't care about their people, etc.

WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? Please rethink and have some thought about our future.
Delta (Ladner)British Columbia
Dianne BrodieNo to the New Coal PortPlease don't allow new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C.

We deserve better. A clean healthy environment for all of us.

Thanks
SurreyBritish Columbia
carroll HodgeFraser Surrey DocksDon't railroad this through without hearing from us!

this is a bad idea, short-sighted and damaging- to our salmon industry, our future economy and our marine environment.
gabriolaBritish Columbia
Robin McLeishEnd fossil fuel ageDear Robin Silvester and Lisa Raitt,

I find it shocking that this project is even being contemplated.

This is crazy and unacceptable. You will be hearing more from us.

Robin
WhistlerBritish Columbia
Natacha HydeNo coal exports in BCNo coal exports from BC. Current lack of assessments and public hearings unsound on numerous levels, including impacts on: Health of all species; proposed barge route to Texada Isl.; cumulative shipping traffic from multiple existing & proposed export projects.
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North VancouverBritish Columbia
Dan PhelpsThermal Coal Export via the Fraser RiverThe proposed loading, shipping and export of thermal coal via the Fraser River should be INDEPENDANTLY assessed concerning the following:

1) Health impacts, 2) Effects on fish, water fowl and the foreshore of any additional dredging that would be required and 3) The impacts of additional shipping traffic from existing and proposed export projects.

In addition public hearings and meaningful inclusion and considering of public input must part of the permitting process.

In the mean time an amendment that would allow direct loading of coal ships on the Fraser River should NOT be allowed.

Sincerely, Dan Phelps, Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BCBritish Columbia
julia veintropno coal thxhello,
lets have an honest moment you and i. We both know the bc governement only really cares about making money and if you ask youself honestly, i mean really honestly, do you really believe in the bottom of your heart any money made of the shipment of coal is going to go to the people of bc? its going to fill the pockets of the rich. All risk, no profits, no thanks
victoriaBritish Columbia
Lawrence CambiottiPhase out coal portsPlease phase out coal ports instead of expanding, and shift to clean(er) energy ideas! Thank you.coquitlamBritish Columbia
Jacqueline ReceveurNO COAL PORTSDear Robin Silvester and Lisa Raitt:

Stop making poor decisions that continue to destroy our way of life in Vancouver and Canada.

Stop importing resources to China via our rivers and oceans. We do not need anymore cheap crap from China so stop giving them our valuable resources to make more cheap crap.

Start doing your job and make Vancouver and Canada your priority.

Stop and think and considering how these short term decisions are affecting our future.

Is this the kind of decision making you want to be remembered for in the future.
VancouverBritish Columbia
John BowersdemocracyWe must make efforts to decrease, rather than increase our use of fossil fuels.
Allow the citizens of BC and Canada to have a say in the future we leave for future generations.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Susan AndrewsNO MORE COALHow can any person with half a gray cell left be advocating more fossil fuel projects?
Really? In 2015, when the world is on fire!

How can you be that stupid and irresponsible?

What has to happen before you take responsibility for killing the earth and future generations.
WAKE UP!

We do NOT have time for this. Your short term jobs are not more important that saving the earth.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Donna McEwenFraser Surrey Docks and CoalI am against the coal port for the Surrey Docks for the shipping of US thermal coal. Why would you do this when you now the facts about this coal and what this project would do to the environment. Do you not care about you children or grandchildren? Do any of you live where this will effect you. Money cannot always be the bottom line. Such a narrow scope and way of thinking.VancouverBritish Columbia
Tyson BartelWe won't allow new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C.The public requires information about what kinds of assessments and consultation will be done about environmental impacts, etc. And we expect to be told the truth about these industrial develoments as concerned British Columbians.

Despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:

*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

Please do not allow any new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C. until the people of BC are properly informed and have had our say.
WinlawBritish Columbia
Karen Fediukplease protect the fraser riverI live in Ladysmith, where the coal legacy and 'Slag Point' continues to impede any economic development on the water. Neither the provincial or federal government have agreed to pay for teh costs of cleaning up the disaster that still affects our Town and the environment today. While I'm sure that the way coal is shipped has changed, the extra stress on our waters and the risks of contamination and other negative impacts on fisheries and habitat is not needed.LadysmithBritish Columbia
Alvin HammThe Fraser Surrey Docks Coal Export ProposalsBritish Columbians must have the opportunity to provide key input regarding the approval or non-approval of these proposals. I am particularly concerned that Port Metro Vancouver is not addressing the following:

No Health Impact Assessment has been done;
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.
VANCOUVERBritish Columbia
sandra leckieManagement FailRisk =Consequences of Event Occurring + Probability of Event Occurring. Apparently you guys can't do math or the research. On the other hand you're really good at this:
Ignoring Health Science
Ignoring Public Comment
Ignoring Climate Science
Ignoring Economic Cost/Benefit
Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia
Cathy ClemisNo coal port.Please do not build this coal port. So bad for our environment. Be part of the solution not the problem.SurreyBritish Columbia
Linda Neumanncoal export proposals
Our lower mainland already has many pressure regarding rapid growth and now attention has to be put to resistance to coal exports.
The U.S. Folks knew enough go resist to maintain the natural beauty of their waterfront areas, And now the pressure is on B.C.
Please listen to the people, as these messages are heartfelt. We love B.C. and its beauty.
White RockBritish Columbia
nancy leathleyLoading Coal on the Fraser RiverApart from the fact that coal is an outdated fuel that contributes to global warming and causes massive pollution, it should not be loaded without a proper assessment on the health of the population of the third largest city in Canada.

Proper assessment of the cumulative risks of more shipping traffic added to the existing traffic ought to be diligently undertaken.

Third, it is plain wrong that unelected people should make decisions with such far-reaching, multiple effects on the public without consideration of their wishes through public events and hearings.
Sechelt, B.C.British Columbia
Jeff CorbettB.C. residents right to comment on coal exportsThe residents of B.C. has a democratic right to voice their opinions regarding coal exports through the port of Vancouver. And we have a right to either grant or deny social licence for this facility. And if the people of B.C. say NO, then this export project can not proceed. This a fundamental democratic right in a country that claims to be a democratic nation. Any government that forces a project like this onto unwilling citizens is antidemocratic. It is completely unacceptable for any level of government to grant permits without first hearing from the affected communities and obtaining their social licence. And I for one am opposed to the export of US coal through the port of Vancouver.McBrideBritish Columbia
Elisa HicklingNo Thermal Coal Ports in BCDespite unprecedented public opposition and concern from local governments, health authorities, businesses, unions and community groups the powers that be continue to push forward, risking my personal welfare as a citizen and the welfare of the community in which I live.

This lack of regard will likely result in a catastrophe in our port and will, without question, result in my vote removing officials from office who put profit before people.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Riley PollomNo Coal exports from the Fraser RiverDear Fraser Surrey Docks, Mr. Silvester and Ms. Raitt,

I am writing this letter to raise concerns about the potential coal port on the Fraser River (or anywhere else).

The Fraser River is the lifeblood of British Columbia - the salmon that enter this river carry ocean nutrients to the great forests that blanket this province. Already threatened by climate change-induced warmer waters and low flow conditions (caused directly and most prominently by the combustion of fossil fuels, especially coal), these fish that are such an important part of the fabric of British Columbian culture will be put at further risk and no doubt be affected by any such project.

In addition to adding stress on a fragile and important ecosystem, a coal port such as this flies in the face of Canada's international commitment to keep global warming to 2 degrees C. The burning of such coal, whether here in Canada or in Asia, directly contributes to making a global problem worse, and puts a black mark on Canada's global reputation. It would also be a huge detriment to Vancouver's efforts at becoming the world's Greenest City by 2020, a goal that would be supported by a port authority acting in a municipality's best interest.

I strongly urge the proponents and overseers of this project reconsider the plans to expand coal exports from the Fraser River and anywhere else in Canada. Your children and grandchildren will thank you for it in the future.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Eileen ShackellNo to more coal exportsIt's time to move away from coal as a commodity and energy source. No to a new coal portNorth VancouverBritish Columbia
Sharon LanserThe public deserves a say!We do not want your garbage coal in our rivers, take them home to the US! If we must continue then at least keep it away from metro Vancouver! now there is rumor about a bridge instead of the massey tunnel with a toll! How dare any of you make this decision without considering your own people. So the government gets paid and we get another toll? You should be ashamed of yourselves and your bullshit moves. Keep the coal away!SurreyBritish Columbia
Caroline WebsterCoal PortIf it is not acceptable for the U.S. to ship their coal why is it OK for us. Keep it out of Canada.North DeltaBritish Columbia
Caroline WebsterCoal PortIf it is not acceptable for the U.S. to ship their coal why is it OK for us. Keep it out of Canada.North DeltaBritish Columbia
Linda Beltonshipping coalwe do not want coal shipped from Fraser Surrey docks.VancouverBritish Columbia
Lori KublikCoal is obsoleteI am so disappointed that the federal govt and Fraser Surrey Docks are seriously considering allowing coal ships on the Fraser River in metro Vancouver AND on the Salish Sea to Texada Island.

Coal is a dinosaur fuel, literally and figuratively. Get into the 21st century. Climate change is here, it is due to over-use of fossil fuels, and it is well past time to change to cleaner, renewable sources of power, PLUS to promote using LESS power.

Supporting the export of coal is a step backwards and I am totally against it.
Comox, BCBritish Columbia
Barbara TaylorCoal trains and shipsWhen will you listen to people and take public health and environmental safety into account?VancouverBritish Columbia
Andrew PetersFraser Surrey Coal PortI am very concerned about the proposed phaser Surrey Coal port expansion. Exporting coal to Asia to burn in power plants is not what I think should be done for the planet. We must stop burning coal to avoid catastrophic climate change. Are you aware of the multitude of scientific research on Climate Change and the imperative to act quickly to avoid dire consequences!
Thank You, Andrew
VancouverBritish Columbia
Neil HammondThis must be reviewed locallyYou as are fully in danger of building a facility that will rapidly fall out of use given the rapid transitions happening in world markets now.. This is not about a few companies making short term profits but about long term responsibility of everyone else to clean up the inevitable mess.Bowen IslandBritish Columbia
Karen WhitesideFraser Surrey Dock Coal ProposalPlease do not approve this. PMV must consider all the combined potential threats on the full and entire human health and environmental impact and risk to endangered species consequences in relation to all your port expansion plans. Each project has it's own potential threat, but if we look at them all combined with the present industry affecting our environment, our life support system, they cannot all go through. So instead of approving one after another as though they are a stand alone issue, PMV must consider the combined and cumulative impact. Coal is the worst fuel contributing the most impact to climate change and it is quite astonishing that this one is even being considered at any port, and especially located at the mouth of the Fraser River further stressing the Fraser Delta, a major BC entry point for BC salmon who are already stressed by the warming water caused by burning fossil fuels. Please do not approve this project.ChilliwackBritish Columbia
Patricia MacGregorNo More Coal !No new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C! Let's look to the future. For my grand- childrens' sake.DuncanBritish Columbia
Donna CouturierB.C. must have a say about Coal Export ProposalsAs a long term resident of British Columbia, I stand with others in asking that a democratic process and fair environmental assessment of any Coal Export Proposals in BC must take place before there is a final approval. I urge you to please do the following 1 - A voting process for all who would be impacted is needed to determine if this should move forward. 2 - An independent third party environmental assessment should take place to determine the projects real impact. This Province is known for its beautiful environment. Our tourism dollars - one of our largest industries - would be adversely impacted. As would other industries such as fisheries.BurnabyBritish Columbia
Jacqueline JordanNo new coal port in VancouverNo new coal port in Vancouver. An unnecessary risk to the environment and people of this beautiful city. Keep Vancouver super naturalCoquitlamBritish Columbia
Emily MenziesBC citizens deserve a say and we say NO!Dear Port Metro and Federal Ministry of Transport,
It is unacceptable and undemocratic for a project proponent to be responsible for assessing the health and environmental impacts of their own project, let alone being responsible for community consultation.
This is your job, as you are supposed to be making decisions on our behalf, the citizens and communities who will be most effected. I'm sick and tired of seeing the fossil fuel industry expanding with the blessing and subsidies from all levels of government when Climate change is so obviously threatening our lives and livelihoods right now, let alone what is to come. Thank you for your part in ensuring that we will experience even more fires, floods, drought, beetle infestations and other proven impacts of climate change next year and for decades to come. It doesnt even make semse economically, as the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure threatens many other more sustainable and desirable sectors, such as outdoor recreation, tourism, film making, and even less damaging traditional industries such as forestry, residential development, fishing, farming etc. Coal dust and climate change threaten all of these sectors. Please do your job and make not only your decisions but decision making process more responsible and fair.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Laura JonesClimate ChangeCoal is no longer a fuel that should be mined and burned. Citizens living in the vicinity of any project involving coal should be able to have input into the decision. There is no benefit for the use of coal to any citizen, animal or plant. If it's about jobs then start renewable energy projects.New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Tara BrownCoal PortWe the people of BC do NOT WANT the new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C. We also ask that our province begin to play a part in the decision making and stop laying down for large corporations. All Canadians are on the provinces side, start making decisions based on what the majority wants. No piplelines, no new coal ports and no to 400 tankers in our BayNorth VancouverBritish Columbia
Gael WhelanRefuse Coal Port at Surrey Fraser DocksDO NOT LOAD COAL at the Surrey Fraser Docks that are to be built! Know that this can only lead to pollution of our river.RichmondBritish Columbia
Tara SchieberNo more Coal!Phase out Coal!!!!! No port! Are we not polutting our waters enough??!!!VancouverBritish Columbia
Jenn uphamSalmon not coalPlease consider the environmental impact of this development.
The risks greatly outweigh the benefits. It's violates our right to clean air, water and environment.

Thank you,
Jenn Upham
vancouverBritish Columbia
catherine dumaineNO COAL PORT ON THE FRASER!!!It's time to come to our senses and create the paradigm shift needed to save our environment.port coquitlamBritish Columbia
Madison LindstromDon't Destroy our Beautiful Land for Retro EnergyThere are so many other clean energy resources B.C could be spending better time cultivating than taking two steps back on the progress meter and settling for dirty, dangerous environment destroying energy. No on who lives on the area wants an oil spill. There is no "IF". A spill will happen and the clean up will take years and damages lasting generations. Your safety measures have been proven flawed and the clean up strategies is a joke. How can we, as a people, eat and live off the land if it is sludged and contaiminated with dirty oil and the sespool of toxic friends that follow. There is already carcinogenic salmon being caught down hill from oil rigs and their tailing ponds. And the wildlife cannot shelter themselves properly with your attempt with staying green by not chopping down the WHOLE forest but with those grid lined forests for the oil sands. Have you noticed the floods lower Alberta has been getting lately? Does deforestation ring a bell? How can all that melted ice now water can be absorbed hmm? You are choosing a path of self-destruction by ignoring the balance of our environment and ruining our ecosystem. Please, for our future and future generations, please say no to exporting coal and oil from our beautiful coast.Prince GeorgeBritish Columbia
Vanessa GriffithsNo wayIt's time to look at alernatives and protect future generations from our archaic eggs in one basket attitutude towards wealth and jobs.VancouverBritish Columbia
Linda Hlemecoal portNo, this is not a good idea.vancouverBritish Columbia
Charlotte SparhamCoal thru port vancouver & texadaPlease - pay attention to what's happening: unprecedented air and sea water temperatures; giant red tide areas, unheard-of species die-offs (sea stars, gulls, whales, bats, just to mention a few) worldwide - do you really think that our actions do not have consequences?? Please, please, please direct your efforts to 21st century renewable options (for energy as well as port management and commerce) rather than expand this catastrophic coal transshipment! Thank you for considering this message.Powell River, BCBritish Columbia
Sharen HolsteinCoal portReal can you people not learn from the past mistakes !!! What would be wrong with this coal port REALLY come on try using your head for once instead of your greed .Vavenby B.C.British Columbia
Terry CallenderIgnoring Community InputI am appalled about the lack of democracy exhibited by Port 'strong Vancouver regarding shipping coal from the Fraser Surrey Docks. Our health and the health of our environment needs to be considered! It is time to consider the BIG picture before it is too late. Do not move forward with this plan.BurnabyBritish Columbia
Marc Landryno coal portWe do not need this.
Bad for our health, air, water.
Benefits only american coal companies and chinese consumers.
Who's bribing you for this stupid idea.
VanocuverBritish Columbia
Jim HolyoakNO NEW COALLet's get beyond coal.Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia
Jim Holyoak[email protected]We've obviously got to shift away from fossil fuels. May as well start with the dirtiest kind. End coal mining.Salt SpringsBritish Columbia
Chris HigginsDon't build the coal portI don't build the coal mega port please.VancouverBritish Columbia
belinda houldingNo new coal portI am against building a new coal port, I am also against thermal coal being transported though our neighbourhoods and farmlands.white rockBritish Columbia
Maureen LinklaterNo Coal transport!Coal transport is unwelcome along the Fraser River and on our coast. It pollutes our air & water. Please make decisions based on clean environmental processes rather than profits. Our tourism & fishing industries are vital to our economy too! People come from all over the world to marvel at our clean water, clean air, and beautiful scenery. Your job is to protect & preserve it for future generations, NOT sell it down the river.White to kBritish Columbia
Dalia Al HusseiniBC deserves a say over coal export proposalsThe coal export proposal is risky, and there needs to be proper assessments and consultations.

As a concerned British Columbian I demand that these major gaps are addressed:

-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
SurreyBritish Columbia
Alyssa Fraughtoncoal dockNo expansion!richmondBritish Columbia
Michael McGarryThermal coal export is a bad idea.A new coal port at Fraser Surrey Docks "will leave behind a damaged river, destroy fish habitat, negatively impact human health locally and globally, threaten fishery and tourism jobs and reduce quality of life along the river. No coal dust for the FSD, because the docks are in the centre of a residential area. We are about to have the legal right to a healthy environment [see BlueDot.ca - take action map]. Also, US based coal companies should use a US port! And it's only a matter of time before crimes against the environment, will be deemed crimes against humanity. ie: http://goo.gl/Q4IFgBLangleyBritish Columbia
j portno coal ports!!stop the insanity and don't allow new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C,langleyBritish Columbia
J GocerLeave nature and Vancouver as it isWhen it doesn't help the environment get stronger it only adds to the margin for error of drought, forest fires and everything else. Think about the future, not about making your wallets thickerVancouverBritish Columbia
Lynda GorgopaNEW COAL PORTPort Metro Vancouver... Please DO NOT allow a new shipping facility to ship U.S. coal to Asia.
At least provide the necessary assessments before making this reckless decision. I have heard you are lacking in these areas:
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
Please make the RIGHT decision... Vote NO
RICHMONDBritish Columbia
Dan mcAskinnew coal portno new coal portVictoriaBritish Columbia
Les MooreNOooooooooooooooooooNO NEW COAL PORT IN VANCOUVER!VancouverBritish Columbia
Yiana BelcherCoal PortWe don't want this coal being loaded on ships right on the Fraser River,and we don't want to be sending barges of coal to Texada Island.LadysmithBritish Columbia
David RobichaudI oppose this projectI oppose industry related to extraction and combustion of fossil fuels. I oppose industry that proposed to move toxic chemicals along the pristine BC coastline. I oppose industrial projects that are railroaded through, without adequate public consultation. I oppose this project.VictoiraBritish Columbia
Joel SchwarzNo Coal Port please!My wife and I live in Sapperton in New Westminster and we are against having this coal port in our area.New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Kim ScottNo New Coal Port!Coal is old tech, we need new fuel tech. Long term > short term.VancouverBritish Columbia
Anthony VMass extinction because of your workWhat century are you living in? You don't yet understand the value our water and food supply. You willfully ignore the risk of destroying them for many lifetimes only to increase your margin now. Even in this this lifetime, there may not be a place to escape the destruction that companies like yours have created and are still attempting to create. What good will your profit margin be when you're sitting on a pile of toxic dung that your industry has so greatly contributed to.Cote St-LucQuebec
Susan ProulxNO Coal!NO!SurreyBritish Columbia
Anton OkmyanskiyCoal is dead!BC deserves a say in coal port expansion in the province! It is diying industry that is killing the world. Please stop this madness!VancouverBritish Columbia
Shain JacksonCoal Port on the FraserPlease add my name to the mountain of folks opposed to the ludicrous notion of running coal down the Fraser River. The absurdity of enabling more carbon to be added to an already saturated biosphere cannot be overstated.North VancouverBritish Columbia
j blackcoal portno new coal portVancouverBritish Columbia
Shawnna KarrasOpposition to Frase Surrey Coal Port ProposalsI strongly object to the thermal coal port proposal as it is and with the proposed amendments. This dusty coal poses a great health risk to people and the environment all along it's proposed route. from the open railcars spreading coal dust as they travel by communities, to the loading facilities at the Fraser Surrey docks, to the route the vessels or barges would take as they pass through metro Vancouver and by coastal areas of B.C., including my island, Lasqueti, on their way potentially to Texada Island. The strong requests by health authorities, the public, and local governments for comprehensive, independent health and environmental impact studies, have been ignored. It's ridiculous that the company making the proposal was allowed to do the (very inadequate) health and environmental analysis. There has been a great lack of transparency, and it appears every effort has been made to ram this proposal through no matter the cost to health, the environment or the very significant adding to greenhouse gases that would ensue when the coal gets burned. Also, there has been no consideration at all of the environmental and health impacts of barging the coal to and from Texada. Please reject this proposal and these proposed amendments. We need honest study of the effects.Lasqueti IslandBritish Columbia
Priscillia MunnBC Residents deserve to be heardWe and all lives including the environment, flora and fauna will be impacted on this very unwise decision made without any consideration or consultation.

This is not how a Canadian government do things in this beautiful country.

Please reconsider.
RichmondBritish Columbia
Katalina BernardsNo new coal portPlease, stop. Just stop. Do not build a new coal port on the Fraser River. Do not build a new coal port anywhere. This industry has had its run, and it has destroyed thousands of habitats during that run. Enough. Be a part of the solution, and seek alternative sources of energy.Bowen IslandBritish Columbia
Gary RelyeaFraser Surrey DocksI understand that Fraser Surrey Docks Company has applied for permission to directly load giant coal ships right on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver, AND send barges of coal to Texada Island.
As a concerned British Columbian I feel that this is a very risky proposal and that there are major gaps the port has refused to address in its decision making process:

- 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
I am writing to you all today to let the port and federal government know that British Columbians will not allow risky fossil fuel export projects to be rammed down our throats.

This proposal should not be granted permission to go ahead without filling in the gaps I listed above.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Donna TribeNo knew Coal Port!No knew coal Port but YES to a knew Federal Government - desperately need a new Federal Government.VancouverBritish Columbia
Heidi StandevenNo Coal on the Fraser River!Please please please do not push through the approval for the transport of coal down the Fraser River. I live in New Westminster, close to the river, and do not like the idea of breathing in coal dust! I love my community and would like to keep it clean and healthy. Communities and governments across the Metro Vancouver area have cried out disapprovingly regarding this initiative. Even health officials have spoken against it! Why is this still up for discussion? Does democracy mean nothing? The voice of the people is pretty clear - no. At a time when we should be phasing out the use of coal, this initiative is a slap in the face to community and the environment, especially the fish and wildlife that rely on the Fraser River. I reiterate my original plea... Do not pass the initiative to haul coal down the Frase River. Please.New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Anne RelyeaCoal Export Proposals
I understand that Fraser Surrey Docks Company has applied for permission to directly load giant coal ships right on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver, AND send barges of coal to Texada Island.
As a concerned British Columbian I feel that this is a very risky proposal and that there are major gaps the port has refused to address in its decision making process:

- 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
I am writing to you all today to let the port and federal government know that British Columbians will not allow risky fossil fuel export projects to be rammed down our throats.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Sheena GordonNo new coal portClimate change is real. Continuing to extract, transport and sell coal serves to continue the dangerous climate change we are beginning to see take hold all around the world and right here in our drought stricken city. As a citizen of Vancouver I deserve the right to have a say as to whether or not coal is moved through the ports of my city. Give us a voice and listen when we say: no coal in our ports!VancouverBritish Columbia
Patti McVeyNo More Coal Ports/ExportsDon't ship coal out of Vancouver, and definitely not via Texada Island. Our natural environment is too important to pollute. Also, we should be focussing on alternative sources of fuel to provide clean energy, and we should stop using coal all together, and no more fossil fuels.VancouverBritish Columbia
Elyse DwightNO to coal export proposalsEncouraging the indiscriminate consumption and export of coal and other fossil fuels can no longer be the systems goal. We need new comprehensive policies and programs that make low carbon choices easy and convenient. The decision to invest more in dirty fossil fuels when global climate change is real and agreed upon amoung 97% of the worlds scientists is reckless. I understand reliance on fossil fuels won't happen overnight, but this business as usual approach will prove more socially, economically and environmentally damaging in the long term. Leaving the problem left to the lifestyle of regular people won't change anything, these emissions are created by the manufacturer. Christy Clark says she's a leader on climate change yet supports the expansion of these projects. CCPA projects 7-8 times more jobs with renewables, and already they outrank oil sands jobs across Canada. I beg you to say no to the coal export proposals. China is already suffocating as it is.DeltaBritish Columbia
Goldie LeoppkyWrong direction in today's climateI think expanding a coal port along the Fraser River is a step in the wrong direction given the demand for cleaner energy, when BC is in a good position to provide it, and also at a time when energy sources like these are under the most scrutiny due to its negative environmental impact. For these reasons and many more, I would reject the expansion of a coal port. I believe that BC is the biggest stakeholder in these projects because they directly affect our province, therfore we should have the most say in any coal export proposals.RichmondBritish Columbia
Eva YipInvest in Clean EnergyPlease invest in clean energy instead of coal or oil. We need to invest in our future and there is no future in this. Thank you.BurnabyBritish Columbia
Sarah TimewellNo more dirty energyAt this critical moment in human history, we should be reducing and eliminating dirty energy in favour of cleaner, renewable sources. Shame on you for trying to push forward with your short-sighted plan! We all know better than this. We have the power to make a positive change for the future. Take the opportunity now. Do not build. Do not cause further damage to important ecosystems. Thank you.VancouverBritish Columbia
bruce entusThermal Coal ShippingI live and work by the river and cross it every day on my commute. I am as or more affected by developments here than most BC residents. The shipping of thermal coal on this route, and the development necessary to support it, poses significant environmental risks and offers insufficient benefits to communities. All risks and stakeholders must be taken into account. Without extensive mitigation of risks and environmental impact, these proposals must be rejected.RichmondBritish Columbia
Jennifer UpsdellCoal Export ResistanceGreetings,

I try not to use coal if I can help it because I believe that going without these products is vastly more important than the luxury afford by their use.

Due to short-sighted decision making and economic biases, our planet is in peril due to climate change. We are at that point where NO accident is so small as to be negligible. We are past the tipping point and we must change our behaviour.

I want a democratic action to match the democratic label we have placed on our country.

I want a vote in what happens to my water and the water of my children.

I want my needs to matter to the elected public servants who are supposed to be attending to us all. attending to our well-being, our health, our future and our safety. This goes far beyond balanced budgets and GNP.

Stop forcing me and my family to suffer for the gains of a select few. Stop poisoning some of us, because the cost of benefits is less than the profit margin.

Please give BC residents, especially those of the coast and the Fraser Valley, a vote over coal export proposals. And then, please weigh that alongside the scientific evidence of risk from an impartial body of researchers.

It is time our 'leaders' serve in the manner that their positions were designed.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Brent BoatesThe Coal Port in questionNo New Coal Port. To contemplate such a thing is madness. We should get out of the coal business and transition to clean forms of energy immediately!VancouverBritish Columbia
Angela St Amourno to coalPlease address the following before you build a coal port on the fraser river

-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
CoquitlamBritish Columbia
Kevin ShawCoal PortGetting beyond ridiculous puuting $$ before public health and environment. This is a lose/lose situation.New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Kate Ellisonthermal coal port expansionI am deeply concerned about the proposed plans for expanding coal ports on the Fraser River and Texada Island. I urge you to include n your assessment a health impact assessment, and an assessment of the impact on the proposed route's environment. Please also ensure that the public can have their say in a meaningful fashion.VancouverBritish Columbia
Peter HarrisNo More Coal PortPlease end this insane proposal. Coal is on the way out. Do the right thing and consider the very real negative impacts of this plan. People and planet over profits!SurreyBritish Columbia
Karen PetersenNO NEW COAL PORTSShocking. How could Canada be so short-sighted? Leave fossil fuels in the ground and Divest now!VancouverBritish Columbia
Helen RittsNo to Coal Export ProposalCoal is a dirty, unhealthy, and archaic source of energy. Why is the greenest and most livable city city on earth, in a province and a country that should be a global leader in environmental awareness and clean energy considering such a short sighted and toxic venture? It is shameful. Do the right thing and toss this proposal out. Say no to coal.vancouverBritish Columbia
Darcy GreenNo to coalWe do not need more archaic energy in this province. Instead, we need to shift to renewables. It is time for show leadership on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.DeltaBritish Columbia
Mairi LesterBC needs a say over the coal port proposalsTo whom it concerns,

Fair and due process should be followed and used to guide decision making. This includes gathering all of the necessary data, responding and addressing the concerns of citizens and neighbouring communities and treating stakeholders with respect. You must respect that communities, businesses and citizens are not in favour of this process & proposal and demonstrate how you may address their concerns and then after looking at all the health, encironmental, carbon emissions and economic challenges make decision.

I think building a coal port is a poor decision and you're making a decision knowing that the additional health and environmental data would show this but are instead are knowingly pleading ignorance.
New westminsterBritish Columbia
Wendy Seale-BakesThermal Coal PortsPlease don't build any thermal coal ports, anywhere in BC. It's time to move beyond dependence on fossil fuels. We expect real leadership from the Port Authority and Federal government, to reject this project and take a stand to protect our sensitive environment.Bowen IslandBritish Columbia
Christiana St-PierrePeople of BC must be heardThe proposal by Fraser Surrey Docks to build a new shipping facility for US Thermal Coal in the Fraser River is one that must be considered through democratic consultation. Public discussion, public consultation, public input, and consultation with the communities affected is essential for this to proceed. All stakeholders in such a proposal must, in good conscience, be permitted to make informed contributions to the decision-making process. To authorize such a project without hearing from all the stakeholders is unacceptable.

I look forward to hearing public consultation invitations, announcements, and reports. Do it right, Port Metro Vancouver!
SookeBritish Columbia
Lorraine HandNo more coalPlease do not allow the Vancouver port to facilitate more coal exports. Let the US look after their own coal transport and let us get on with green initiatives.White RockBritish Columbia
John FykeRe: Proposal to build a coal port serving ocean going vessels on the Fraser RiverSirs and Madames,
- I write in response to your announcement that you intend to replace plans for a coal barge loading facility with plans to build a coal port serving ocean-going vessels at your Surrey site. I wish to inform you, again, of the ongoing opposition to the construction of any coal operations on the banks of the Fraser River, for reasons including the following:
- This proposal will increase open-car coal train traffic through our residential communities. - More coal train traffic means our families will be exposed to more diesel exhaust (a known carcinogen), more coal dust, and more nighttime noise from train whistles at levels deemed unsafe by the World Health Organization. Homes in neighbourhoods closest to rail lines will also be exposed to more potentially damaging vibration from heavy coal trains more than 2 kilometres long. -
- When burned, the coal exported from Fraser Surrey Docks would release as much global warming pollution as the 6th largest polluter in Canada - just behind the two biggest tar sands processing facilities and the three biggest coal-fired power plants. Recently the UN Climate Chief Christiana Figures said that in order to avoid runaway, catastrophic climate change there is no room in the world for new coal developments. That includes new ports like the one you're proposing.-
- This proposal will increase freighter traffic in the Salish Sea, increasing risk of oil spills and shipping accidents and impacts on wild salmon and endangered orca populations. - I remind you that in June 2013, Metro Vancouver, our regional government, voted overwhelmingly to oppose any coal exports from your Fraser River site. Numerous individual municipalities, including New Westminster, Surrey, White Rock, Delta, Richmond and Vancouver have either opposed this project outright or demanded full public hearings, an independent health impact assessment (HIA) and a fully-scoped environmental assessment before any approvals were granted for your project. - The call for an HIA to fully evaluate the risks posed by your proposal came directly from our regional health authorities. Numerous health care groups and doctors have supported this request.- As you know, to date these requests remain unanswered. Public hearings, an HIA and a fully scoped EA have not taken place for this project. In general, the lack of meaningful consultation with the public, local and regional governments and health authorities has been an issue of ongoing concern during the review of your project.-
There is widespread opposition to your project. The cities of Surrey and New Westminster have indicated they will apply to intervene in the legal challenge of the Port's previous approval of your direct transfer coal facility, initiated by Communities and Coal, Voters Taking Action on Climate Change and two individual applicants. The Musqueam Nation has filed its own, separate legal challenge of the permitting of your facility as well.
Further, we note that your company has been a strong advocate for removal of the George Massey Tunnel and deeper dredging of the Fraser River — modifications to the river would allow deeper draft vessels to reach your facility, effectively turning the Fraser into a marine highway.” I am deeply concerned that if these modifications come to pass your facility will begin exporting larger volumes of coal on bigger vessels. This will mean still more coal trains through our communities, more noise, diesel exhaust and coal dust, more ship traffic in the Salish Sea, and more climate-harming pollution when the exported coal is burned.
This is not something I want to see happen in our region, and know that our neighbours in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana are working hard to stop more coal trains from running through, and new coal ports from being built, in their communities to avoid these same impacts.
I have nothing against your company and wish it well, but there is no future in exporting thermal coal. The end of the age of coal has been acknowledged by a wide range of organizations including the World Bank, HSBC, Goldman Sachs, the International Energy Agency the US Export-Import Bank and even executives of your company’s owner, the MacQuarrie Group. I share their concerns about coal and climate change and our opposition to this project will not end. We want our communities to host the ports of tomorrow, not the ports of yesterday.
I urge you to abandon plans for this coal port and seek a different path forward.
Sincerely, John Fyke, New Denver, BC .
(raised in W Van and spent teenage years on the ocean in the Salish Sea sailing and fishing)
New DenverBritish Columbia
Dan LawlorOil and coal exportsHi,
I don't agree with the plans to use the lower mainland to expand coal, oil or natural gas exports.
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Dan LawlorOil and coal exportsHi,
I don't agree with the plans to use the lower mainland to expand coal, oil or natural gas exports.
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Kerri BeaulieuCoal Port ExpansionI am not againest development if in hand with the enviroment. But this is insane! The Delta has an industry here. It is Agriculture!
At the end of the day, we can not eat coal nor any money it brings. The Fraser is too fragile as it is. There is very little room for these large ships to turn around without extensive drenching, the ripple effect more problems.
DeltaBritish Columbia
Jodi StarkFraser Surrey Docls coalWe need to be phasing off of coal, not expanding and investing in infrastructure! Plus, the fish of the Fraser are suffering enough - the Fraser River sockeye is of special concern, but so many others too.
Please DO NOT build a coal terminal!
Vancouver.British Columbia
Bibiana TomasicNo coal port on the FraserIt's hard to believe this is still an issue - thousands of people have spoken and written against a new coal port on the Fraser River. Prominent health professionals and environmentalists have opposed this yet it is still on the table. NO COAL PORT ON THE FRASER.
As a government representative or employee, you are being supported by the people and are supposed to be a representative of the people. LISTEN to what is being asked of you. And by all means give people a say about what happens in their own back yard.
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Laura TremblayNew Coal PortPlease have a truly independent analysis done on the impact the coal port will and could have on the environment and air quality of the area around it. Is this going to create an unhealthy slum area in one of the fastest growing cities in Canada?

Also, in these years of strong weather shifts around the globe shouldn't there be concern about promoting the use of coal? Shouldn't the country be working towards cleaner energy ideas.

Finally, there is always something that goes wrong in all good intentions- what will be the real damage when something goes wrong at the coal port.
RichmondBritish Columbia
Alan MorganNo Coal Exporting from Fraser Surrey DocksPlease DO NOT consider implementing a coal load/export facility at Fraser Surrey Docks and/or Texada Island WITHOUT a comprehensive, independent health and environmental impact assessment study, period! I am very, very concerned about the prospect of your going ahead without such a study and will fight for the rest of my life to prevent it.Powell River, BCBritish Columbia
Cris IrwinHow could you......At this time in history,with all that we know about the harmful impact this would have on our environment you are trying to pass this?. We want to protect the Fraser River and Texada Island. Do not allow our country to turn into the waste land that the US has turned into.Keep that garbage out of our waterways.VancouverBritish Columbia
Joe Lanteignecoal port in Metro VancouverVancouverites want Vancouver to be a model green city. Expansion in coal production is a regressive step that will only worsen climate change and the air and water quality of our city.Madeira ParcBritish Columbia
Liz Dysondon't do this.I remeber the beauty of this earth, the sunrises in Vancouver. GOD created this earth for us all to enjoy the beauty to breathe the air, to feel alive in nature. Your proposals will take away this beauty and our way of clelbrating God's creation in our backyard.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Mark HansenDo we live in a Banana Republic???This is not acceptable. Stop this new port now!!!!vancouverBritish Columbia
Alp OztanCoal creates CO2As you may heard, we are all living in the same earth,when coal burned it emits CO2.This contributes to green house effect which eventually kills everyone on earth. So people thinking nothing will happen in my life time are wrong. Its already happening oceans acidify fertile lands turning deserts.
All personal gains for short term.
What will happen at short term this coal exports ruin our shores and already stressed environment?
Why this is not discussed openly by public?
burnabyBritish Columbia
Dana CookOpposition to Fraser Surrey Docks Coal Export ProposalAs a concerned New Westminster resident, I implore you to hold public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input when considering permit applications of this nature. Considering coals potential impacts to health, at the very least a health impact assessment must be undertaken prior to any development.

Given the state of our climate and economy, we cannot allow for increased investment in fossil fuel export if we have any mind for the future of this planet and our society.
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
sandy mcnameeFraser Surrey DocksI live in White Rock. I watch coal trains so past my beach and breathe in the coal dust. I watch tourists and children breathe in the dust. We all spend time on the beach here and the walking promenade which is about 3 metres from the train tracks. I cry when I see the coal trains and the ignorance it represents. My heart breaks at the thought of a possible derailment as we have many mud slides just to the north of us in South Surrey. The risk of more coal trains to our sacred ocean waters is immeasurable. We must stop using fossil fuel. We must address climate change now. Our well being and the well being of the planet depend on what we do now. We have a responsibility to stop giving priority to industry and give priority to the health of the planet. We need a Health Impact done along this route through our communities. We need environmental assessment along the barge route. But even more than that we need to assess the impact to climate change. It is time, no....it is past time to switch over to sustainable energy. STOP FSD!!!!!white rockBritish Columbia
Roz RoyceSTOP!The Fraser River is commons for the people of BC and to allow giant coal ships in the heart of Metro Vancouver WITHOUT any public consultation is a slap in the face for democracy, the environment and the First Nations who have never ceded their land nor been consulted about this disaster-in-waiting.

It's not too late to do the right thing and stop this new thermal coal port at Fraser Surrey Docks or at the very least, allow for comprehensive, independent impact assessments.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Una KnoxNo to the Coal PortAs a long time resident of BC, I expect to see public hearings and meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions regarding this proposed coal port and barge traffic. There has been no Health Impact Assessment.
As a concerned BC resident I will take action to see this hazardous project stopped.
SaltspringBritish Columbia
Paul WillisNo New Coal PortDrought in western North America. Floods in Asia. Yet you are considering committing to fossil fuel industry for the long term? Economy at what cost?
Please consider taking a more pro-active, environmentally responsible perspective.
Thanks .
KimberleyBritish Columbia
Jennifer JaehrlingCoal and Oil in Vancouver PortsTo Whom it May Concern,
For some reason the decision on this is being left to The Vancouver Port Authority who have to obligations or representation of or to the people of B.C.
This is crazy.
I think BC residents have made it known that there are concerns and many of us are dead set against these expansions.
Where is our Federal Gov't? Do you really think you can get this rammed through before the election instead of doing the right thing and letting BC vote on it?
Whatever can be done to stop the process as it is currently structured needs to be done immediately and we the people need to have the right to voice are stands and to be heard.
Lisa Raitt where are you??
Sincerely
Jennifer Jaehrling
DeltaBritish Columbia
Rod DowningPlease - No New Coal PortI do not want a new coal port on the Fraser river or anywhere.Why?

a. Coal is more damaging than alternatives. It is damaging to the environment where it is burned, and it is damaging in shipment. I often visit a friend who is only a couple of blocks from the coal train line (2400 block of 124th St Surrey. Almost daily they sweep coal dust off their patio table. It is visible and continuous.

a. I want us to transition off all resources that are more harmful to our environment and to humans. This is not a "shutdown everything" stance - it is a "no more" stance - no further more-destructive resources.

c. All further need must come from less-harmful sources. This stance simply forces the transition - it is necessary to do and there is never a "good" time to transition from a pure economic standpoint. But economics are not the critical metric.

To me these are cogent reasons to stop the coal export AND keep our economy and environment healthy. Thus there is NO NEED for the coal port.
SurreyBritish Columbia
Anthony RobinsonCoal Kills Fraser river salmon runsKeep coal away from the Fraser and mouth of the Fraser river. Roberts Bank to Texada only..... Please!
Humans fish and the eco system need protection.
CourtenayBritish Columbia
David BronaughCanada: We're world leaders... in asbestos and bitumen refining. But hey, let's add shipping thermal coal to that list.

Canada: We'll sell you anything for a buck, and damn the consequences.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Michael HeidenPlease scrap the Thermal coal port proposalWe can not let profits continue to dictate how we treat our home. Coal is extremely dirty and is on the way out so this is a huge waste of everything. Please do the right thing instead of the corporate thing.crestonBritish Columbia
Neil GaudreaultCoal export project for Fraser Surrey Docks and Texada Island.The mission of Port Metro Vancouver is "To lead the growth of Canada’s Pacific Gateway in a manner that enhances the well-being of Canadians and inspires national pride."

This project does not "enhance the well-beings" of Canada's near the coal port expansion or near the rail corridors the increased shipments of coal will travel. Shipping coal that will dramatically increase CO2 emissions at a time when the effects of climate change are painfully obvious is a national disgrace.

The potential impacts, especially the environmental and health impacts, have not been adequately studied. The fact that the Port of Seatle does not want to ship this coal should be a major "red flag".

Racing a head with this project will have major environmental, health and political consequences.
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Carolyn L. HerbertStop exporting coal from CanadaCoal burned anywhere on the planet is adding to rising carbon emissions and global warming. Canada should not be an enabler to cause health issues in China or India. Stop the coal trains. Do not ship coal from any source in North America through any Canadian port. Shut down the coal mines and re-employ the workers in the clean renewable energy sector. Find better ways to make steel.NepeanOntario
Gary ThompsonFraser Surrey thermal coal proposal.Really! We just experienced the hottest July ever recorded, and are heading to the hottest year ever. This, directly attributable to fossil fuels. And you want to ship the dirtiest of all fossil fuels! I guess you have no children or if you do, don't care about their futures.
I could go on about the foolishness of shipping this stuff around the coast, but you already know about the risks, and prepared to ignore them I presume.
Please smarten up. Profits are not that important in a world where you can't enjoy them.
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Candace CharlieSave the Health of the Fraser.Fraser Surrey Docks Coal Transfer Facility is just part of the "death by a thousand cuts"of the internationally recognized Fraser Estuary. Increased marine shipping interferes with marine mammals, migrating fish, and First Nations conducting traditional activities in the shipping lanes. Don't make PMV a coal-pusher.DuncanBritish Columbia
Joe CalienteNo to Coal exportNo to coal export, now or in future!North VancouverBritish Columbia
Dominic Bakercoal ports in bcThis is not a project for the 21st century! This belongs in the 19th century, along with the smog and respiratory illnesses of the industrial revolution. BC deserves better than this.NelsonBritish Columbia
Jean RandsNo Coal PortFor the sake of the health of our children and grandchildren who play along the Fraser River, and for the sake of the environment and the climate necessary for human life into the future, I urge you to cancel all plans to ship coal from Metro Vancouver.New WestminsterBritish Columbia
douglas sageoil and coal exports through vancouver portI highly disagree to the proposed shipping of dangerous and toxic feuls through pristine waters and habitats.the process id flawed and the people that live here have a right to voice and stop the continued disregard for our basic rughts and future safe being.all to promote the interests of large corporations and our mis informed federal government.fossil feuls are obsolete and continue to contribute to our global warming.Squamish, BCBritish Columbia
Jared JonesDirty Coal PortCommunities all down the Westcoast of the U.S. have chosen not to allow this dirty coal product to be shipped and exported through them. Please follow common sense and deny passage of this dangerous product through our communitiesDeltaBritish Columbia
Karen HendersonNo new coal portSir/Mamam:

British Columbia citizens will not allow risky fossil fuel export projects to be rammed down our throats.

We expect a fair, democratic examination of the impact of giant coal ships on the Fraser River and barges sent to Texada Island. This examination to include at minimum:

-Health Impact Assessment

- Assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island

-Consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects

-Public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions

-Recognition of the fact that the burning of coal is detrimental to health and being discontinued in Canada.

Financial gains should not be the driving force of decisions made without accountability to the communities where the operations will take place.

Thank you.
Sincerely,
SAYWARDBritish Columbia
Rob MackenzieReject US Thermal Coal Shipments From Fraser Surrey Docks.I respectfully ask that you carefully consider the Surrey coal port application, both its positives and negatives.

A few well paid jobs and spinoffs are worth considering, as are fees and taxes received by Surrey, the province of BC and the national government. But, unlike various other energy projects, the gains are rather minimal in comparison.

The three west coast states to the south considered this application, including at Cherry Point, Wash., and rejected it. The reasons to do this are available for your examination and should be considered. This kilometres inland Fraser river location has many added risks and obstacles compared to the formerly proposed US locations.

Although docking is adequate between Surrey and New Westminster, the south arm of the Fraser river is not very wide and it is heavily used by marine traffic of all sorts. The North arm is too narrow for ocean going vessels. The existing coal terminal further SW not far from the BC ferries terminal is far superior in terms of avoiding marine traffic incidents.

This project, approved or rejected, will not affect existing BC coal exports, notably high quality metallurgical coal.

This project proposes to export American, non BC mined, low quality, sub-bituminous coal, to be burnt primarily in old, inefficient and highly polluting Asian power plants. That will be the sole purpose of these Surrey dock facilities.

China is now moving away from such damaging energy sources, and India will soon follow, although it will take time. The value of this American, low quality coal product is in decline and not likely to increase any time soon.

In recent decades inefficient burning of this product has already resulted in toxic particles blown back from Japan and South Korea by the prevailing westerly winds to Canada's west coast. Most notably they have been deposited in what used to be pristine alpine lakes, the source of western drinking water. These are also biomagnified up the food chain.

To globally expand the burning of such filthy coal for rather limited and relatively temporary gains is worse than irresponsible.

And this does not address the issues of climate change at all.

Please follow the US western states' actions and reject the Surrey docks application on the grounds of responsible governance.
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Tara CoxSTOP planning to ship oil & coal .I am strongly protesting the Provincial & federal Government planning to expand the shippment of coal & oil from BC. Our river's & coast-lines must be protected. Please stop all expansion plans for shipment of coal & oil. The international funds generated are not worth the risk. Coal is one of the dirtiest ways to provide energy. Oil is one of the most toxic risk when spills occur, it destroys the marine life habitats for many years. This is not the way I want to live when their are so many other cleaner energy sources available to this world.Maple RidgeBritish Columbia
Ben DeisNo coal in urbanTo whom it may concern.

I do not want and will not stand idly by if you are allowed to load coal in British Columbia's urban areas. Our lungs important and the breath of future Canadians are too important.

Thank you for listening and being real.
VancouverBritish Columbia
david rileyCOAL PORT SURREY VANCOUVERTotally tired of the faux democracy, only a minority is fooled.surreyBritish Columbia
Damian PowerCoal ExportsI object to environmental threats to the Fraser River and environs if this project goes ahead and the lack of public involvement.
I expect Port Metro Vancouver to exercise due diligence in protecting our environment and to refuse permission for this project to proceed.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Jennifer BazettNo New Coal Port!!!It's dangerous to put a new thermal coal export terminal on the Fraser River, right across from New Westminster. This is not the right project for the Fraser River, British Columbia or any community in the 21st Century.

A new coal port at Fraser Surrey Docks will leave behind a damaged river, destroy fish habitat, negatively impact human health locally and globally, threaten fishery and tourism jobs and reduce quality of life along the river. Thermal coal export is a bad idea. Don't contribute to its use.
RichmondBritish Columbia
SUSAN EYREOnly anthracite coal burning allowed.Thermal coal may not be used anymore - leave it in the ground. Invest in clean renewable energy now. If you do not, you are responsible for the massive grief and illness and environmental devastation that is taking the form of global climate weather disruption. Extracting, shipping and using thermal coal is wrong. You do know the difference between right and wrong.YAHK. B.C.British Columbia
Wendy MooreNo new coal port for VancouverTo their credit, the United States are moving toward sustainable energy sources. However their coal production has remained unchanged. They are shipping their coal problems abroad! Coal is a danger to our planet, wherever it is used. Vancouver should not play a part in this. No new coal port here PLEASE!!Port CoquitlamBritish Columbia
Ian McKayNo new coal portI strongly object to the way this is being handled and shoved down our throats. This is OUR Province and we deserve a say in making sure our health is a considered aspect to this. We know the detriment to our health through study after study.
If this is going to be rammed through with no consideration to us; then I say we mandate that ALL the cars and trucks bringing the coal in must have a MANDATED tight fitting and sealed lid on every container, which must be paid for by Port Metro Vancouver. If it is so important to you, put your money where your mouth is.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Monica GildersleeveCoal in Vanc. PortAbsolutely opposed to fossil fuels and carbon producing coal anywhere on the planet, and especially in our beautiful city of Vancouver. What are you thinking?!!!ComoxBritish Columbia
Kelly McInnesDO NOT DO ITWe do not need coal barges in our beautiful province. The negative impact this will have on our health, climate and community heavily out weighs any monetary economical gain. Coal and oil are industries of the past. As a supposedly "first" world country we should be one of the first to be using completely renewable energy. We need to stop focusing on exports and start focusing on what our country, our lands and waters, can offer us.

Please do not approve this shipping facility. It is ridiculous that in the last two years of this proposed coal project, the port has refused to address:

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

How is this democratic? British Columbians won't put up with this negligence.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Jacques BergerCoal Exports ProposalsIn light of the preposterous way matters of energy export and transportation are approached, I demand that a democratic process and credible impact assessment for coal export proposals as well as for oil.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Mark SalterRESPONSIBILITY!You, big business and government have an obligation and duty to the tax paying citizens who are affected by your decisions. Get off your high horses and LISTEN to us! We don't want your coal port. Let the Yanks put up with the hazards and pollution. LISTEN to us!ComoxBritish Columbia
Alexander MackenzieCoal port expansionPlease reconsider this project.DeltaBritish Columbia
Zena RyderNo Coal Ports or ShipsCoal is an outdated, dirty fuel. We shouldn't be encouraging its use — just so someone can make money out of it. Do the right thing and make sure that coal exports don't happen from BC.KelownaBritish Columbia
Crystal BalserCoal export proposalsI do not want foreign coal exported through our ports. The dust, added pollution, added traffic and substandard water filtering is unacceptable and dangerous.

What adds insult to injury is it isn't even a product Canada produced. To allow foreign raw materials in our country to ruin our environment and collective piece of mind is reckless. I do not appreciate the Fraser Surrey Docks playing Russian roulette with our land or health. If the producing country isn't even willing to export it why would we?

Stop this ill conceived proposal because obviously thought was left out the process.
SurreyBritish Columbia
Robin CarrThermal Coal Port AtrocityThis atrocity makes a mockery of climate change concerns and increases the risk of damage to the local environment and public health. It is being perpetrated BY business interests, FOR business interests, and its clearly time for the public to stand up against the most dictatorial, corrupt federal government (and mindless, lackey agencies) Canada has had in my sixty-eight years of living.VancouverBritish Columbia
Joan McCulloughCOAL EXPORT PROPOSALGiant Coal Ships should not be allowed on the Fraser River. First Nations benefit from the fish and wildlife along this mighty River. It is obscene to allow dirty polluting coal tankers anywhere near this River. The citizens of this Province need to be consulted and appropriate Environmental Assessments should be done before we further pollute the River, and add more garbage into our atmosphere. Germany will phase out coal mining in 2018. Canada should follow their lead.Lions BayBritish Columbia
Jennifer LittleNo to Thermal Coal Ports!I wish to go on record as not in favour of thermal coal ports - and most definitely not without FULL, SUFFICIENT, and INDEPENDENT studies having been conducted.

What is clear is that this has not been done and full and complete answers have not been provided. So until such time as there has been complete transparency - I will remain against this endeavor.
RichmondBritish Columbia
David Thompsonstop the coal transport from B. C.Please reconsider the transport of coal through all B. C. ports.

Coal has been established by Jim Hanson of NASA to be the worst of the fossil fuels to exacerbate global warming. Even the Americans in Washington State did not want this activity to ruin their air quality and contribute to ill health.

We are destroying our children's future and will be judged on the wrong side of history if we do not stop this.

A fair and democratic assessment of the risks would determine the criminality of the approval of coal transport through the Lower Mainland.
VancouverBritish Columbia
David Timothycoal ports in BCRamping up coal exports at a time when coal consumption is globally decreasing is economically short-sighted and environmentally irresponsible. Let's develop our ports in ways that we can be proud of, for generations to come.

Sincerely,
David Timothy
SidneyBritish Columbia
Madison CappeJust Another Unjust and Unclean ProposalTo whom it may concern:

I hope that it is clear that the majority of BC residents strongly oppose any sort of coal facility/export .
It is not right that our government, which wants to call it self democratic, is constantly trying to secretly pass laws and plans without consulting the people who will actually be affected by it in the long run.
Can we for once acknowledge that we are already facing an environmental catastrophe yet we continue to make the same mistakes over and over.
It is time to move on to newer and cleaner products and to have a just and fair decision making process.

I say out with the old, in with the new.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Donna BeaumontNo Coal DockWith the state of climate change and the vulnerability of the earth, I cannot believe that we are even having this discussion. When will the earth, and not "money", be the issue?
EVERY single study about coal, it's environmental impact and health hazards has been negative.
It certainly isn't a rocket scientist running this ship!!!
VancouverBritish Columbia
Mike BurnsideNo to coalThis is absolutely ridiculous. Coal needs to be eliminated entirely and we, as a community and as a nation, do not support this.VancouverBritish Columbia
Jordi FisherCoal exportsThe benefits are far outwieghed by the risks and lack of a real
Cleanup response.
CroftonBritish Columbia
Christina SmethurstNo to the Fraser Surrey Docks Coal ProposalI'm against any and all coal export projects. Despite more than two years of delays for expansion at Fraser Surrey Docks, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:
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
This is unacceptable.
North SaanichBritish Columbia
Alison CuttsNO coal barges in Vancouver and Gulf IslandsI completely disagree with the plans to build additional infrastructure and anchorages for coal barges in BC (specifically off of Gariola Island), based on environmental and health concerns as well a need to decrease our reliance on trade of fossil fuels (especially coal). We need more democratic process with respect to these decisions, especially health and environmental assessments.NelsonBritish Columbia
Caroline BaileyCoal port coming!Fraser Surrey Docks plan to develop a coal loading facility to move 4 million tons a year. Port Metro Vancouver approved this. The Federal government sees this as good job creation to be proud of. Are we not trying to move away from fossil fuels? Can we not invest in more environmentally sound initiatives?
No instead BC is going to ship American coal via Texada Island. What happened to Beautiful BC? We will have endless coal barges going up the Sunshine Coast - what a tourist attraction.
Add my voice to those opposed to this type of investment and job creation. We have to do better than this; if not for ourselves for our children.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Pam GallowayNo to coal port on the Fraser RiverI have great concerns about the proposal to export thermal coal from a site on the Fraser River. It is opposite the city of New Westminster and is totally the wrong place in terms of it's potential to harm the river and all it's wildlife.

I urge you to deny the development of this port.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Wendy UngerNo Coal Port on the FraserI am very concerned with the prospect of building a thermal coal port in the Greater Vancouver area. Before a decision is made, we need community consultation from all the stakeholders....not just those who stand to benefit financially from the decision.SurreyBritish Columbia
William MaarsmanMy son has asthmaHello,

My son has moved to New Westminster close to me. He has asthma and now we hear that after no one else on the West Coast wanted coal dust polluting their air our port has excepted it.
Tell me why you would put our health at risk when no other port would except it?
I do not believe that there is no health risk because I have slept out on my boat and know that at night factories dump unhealthy chemicals into the air and water. I have watched the dust that comes of the port now with no containment. What is going to happen when all the extra coal dust is allowed into the air?
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Jeff simardBC coal exportPlease do not allow coal to pass through residential areas in the lower mainland of Vancouver. The long trains will cause additional traffic issues. Plus the dust from the coal trains will pollute the area creating dirty homes and areas for us and our children to live and play. Thank you.

Jeff Simard
SurreyBritish Columbia
Sheila Haniszewskathermal coal portsI do not want any new thermal coal export projects in BC.This plan to directly load giant coal ships right on the Fraser River, in the heart of metro Vancouver, and then send coal barges through the Salish Sea to Texada island is utterly crazy and totally without regard for the public who live in these areas, not to mention the integrity of the marine life. There have been no health impact assessment, no public hearings, no consideration of what the public concerns are. It seems that Port Metro Vancouver is willing to gamble with the health of citizens and the ocean.It seems that they are willing to do whatever it takes to reap corporate profit... Soon this whole precious region, renowned world wide for its beauty, will become more like the coasts of heavily industrialized Asian countries, full of pollution and toxic waste. Coastal BC is not a carbon corridor.We do not want to be like the port of Shanghai.Gabriola island BCBritish Columbia
Steve AndreoneCoal portsBuild the ports where they won't affect the citizens of the lower mainland.LangleyBritish Columbia
Mary LeeNo new coal portPlease reconsider, this could be detrimental to many people and the environment. If this must happen a detailed and thourough analysis should be done by a third party that has no ties to those who will benefit.CoquitlamBritish Columbia
Doug KingNo new coal portFossil fuels need to be on the way out. I believe the 90% of climate scientist who say human activity is increasing global warming.

This endeavour will fail because it is too costly to undertake without the support of tax dollars. The payback time is too short for the amount that needs to be invested. The world is already looking to green energy sources.

The impact on health in the region cannot be minimized, but it hasn't even been studied to this point.

Give the local residents a chance to have a say.

To the proponents, I'd say "Let's get a grip and realize the project is not worth the risks."
Kaleden, BCBritish Columbia
Kolten CowieNo CoalDespite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:

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

Don't proceed without a full assessment.
Prince GeorgeBritish Columbia
Bonnie E RobinsonWhoa! Coal is dirty fuel!PLEASE allow a fair, democratic review of the cost/benefits of any new coal ports in and around Vancouver.

I do not support the use of the Fraser for such heavy industry focussed on very old school carbon based dirty fuel.

Given there are many citizens concerned about this issue, there should at least be comprehensive public consultation into these matters before any permits are granted.

Please take your responsibility to BC citizens and our environment, seriously.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Margaret BrookscoalIt is madness to load giant coal shops on the Fraser and insane to send barges of coal to Texada. Stop this at once. It is time the people of this country were heard and democracy returned to Canada.Silverton BCBritish Columbia
Brenda BrandleNo New Coal PortThe US has banned this coal and so it is shipped to Canadian ports for export! There is something very wrong with this picture. If it is not safe for the Americans, why is it safe for Canadians? Why are we not focusing of renewable energy sources. Why are we stuck expanding fossil fuels. It makes no sense in this changing world.SurreyBritish Columbia
Frank Eberdtabout the proposed coal portPlease consider this email as my strongly felt view that Canada should not be shipping dirty US coal that american ports do not want to handle. Corporate profiteering from shipping commodities that significantly worsen our global warming problem is simply wrong. They are profiteers without ethics.GabriolaBritish Columbia
Hazel Packhamnono .we dont want this here or any where on this earth .we are done with it time for change to cleaner engery .............time to come out of the dark ages
please wake up to truth ..let it go ..we know better now . lots of jobs will come from new better cleaner engery
VernonBritish Columbia
chester browncoal exportsSurely the threat to BC's environment from your proposed coal export infrastructure is obvious when our American neighbours won't allow it to be built in their front yard!
How about listening to BC people for a change? Aren't we still a democracy?
SidneyBritish Columbia
Lisa JamesNO COAL THRU Fraser Surrey docsAs below, I do not think it is reasonable/wise to have the Fraser Surrey doc used as a trans shipment point for coal. This is a backdoor exit for US Coal to escape to Asia through our densely populated lower mainland. Ideally for the environment the coal should stay in the ground in the USA (Wyoming) and not be exported anywhere. Failing this, the USA can sort their shipping from their own country. However, since both Washington & Oregon State have refused to ship this coal thru their ports, WE SHOULD NOT BE doing this either.New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Grant BentleyFraser Surrey Docks thermal coalI may not be a resident of Vancouver at the moment, but I am most certainly concerned about the risks involved in the coal export proposals, and your poor assessment of them. A proposal of the magnitude must have health impact assessments, assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island ,consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic, public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions. The process currently is totally unacceptable and environmentally inexcusable.CalgaryAlberta
Emmana YoungNo toxic coal dust for us.We live in New Westmister BC where the proposed coal transfer station would be set up across the river from us. We do not want to breathe minute airborne particles of carcinogenic coal dust. The children, sick and elderly are most at risk but everyone will be affected. Our air is polluted enough. I myself am afflicted with chronic disease condition. We, husband , neighbours and friends are horrified that it is even been considered to set up that station in such a densely populated area.New Westminster BCBritish Columbia
DARCY REGANCoal exporting from B.C.Let the USA export the coal from it's own ports. We are trying to eliminate the use of thermal coal, not abet it.TORONTOOntario
Jocelyn NashCoal Export ProposalsIt is seriously wrong for these projects to go ahead without meaningful oversite and consultation. Do not expect the proponent to share messages of dissent. Coal energy is filthy. Why are we adding to the environmental problems of the world, anyway?!ChaseBritish Columbia
Wayne KinnaPut a moratorium on all new coal ports!Port Metro Vancouver is out of control. It's time for a review of their mandate!Delta, BCBritish Columbia
Alison MaRealityHi there Decision Maker,

I know the root of this struggle: Please don't let your desire for money or power overcome our duty to care for each other and our planet.

This sounds cliche, but we truly do rely on the earth for our survival. The food on our store shelves actually comes from the earth.

We are so disconnected that we don't realize this. If our planet is unhealthy from obviously destructive ways like coal ports, that we won't be healthy.

I know what's happening here. People will get huge guaranteed cuts of the prize money-pie if this deal goes through.

But lots of money doesn't bring happiness or health. And that's what you're really looking for.

Only truly acting on behalf of the people really will bring genuine satisfaction in life.

So please, look inside your heart and ask yourself - when I am on my deathbed, how will I look back on my life? Will I be proud of myself for supporting this decision?

Because that's all that's going to matter in the end.

There's another way where we all win, not just a few taking their unfair share.

I hope you can envision this way. And when you're ready, live it through the appropriate action.

Thanks for your time.

Alison M.
BurnabyBritish Columbia
Joan BoxallToo RiskyPlease DO the due process before proceeding with this risky venture.

Impacts overall, impacts on health, increased-shipping-lane impacts, impact on public-at-large?
North VancouverBritish Columbia
Cindy Valdes-AmielProposed New Coal Port at Fraser Surrey DocksB.C. citizens deserve a real say in any coal export proposals, and serious assessments and consultations need to be carried out with regards to:
*Health Impact Assessment
*Assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island
*Consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects
*Public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions.
As a very concerned British Columbian I hold the Port Metro Vancouver, and the Federal Minister of Transport, accountable in protecting all the waterways of B.C. for all British Columbians.
There needs to be accountability for any and ALL risky fossil fuel export projects!!
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Leah WellsCoal exports at Fraser sirrwy docksI don't think it is fair that Canadians have to be exposed to coal by living near where it is being exported. British Columbians should get a say in coal export proposals. Coal should not even be exported anymore, forcing other countries to find other sources of energyVictoriaBritish Columbia
Jennifer BaileyRe coal export dock proposalsTo whom it concerns,

I do not want more big tankers allowed access to our rivers, harbors and oceans surrounding BC. This is such a beautiful place. Let us focus on tourism instead.
N vancouverBritish Columbia
Tiina KlasenNo Coal Exports - Public Input Needed on Proposed Coal Export FacilityTo Port Metro Vancouver:

I am going on the record to voice my STRONG opposition to the proposed coal export facility at Fraser Surrey Docks.

It is unacceptable that this project is being moved forward without public hearings and a proper public input process. The fact that you have asked that public comments be sent to Fraser Surrey Docks shows disregard for a meaningful process and no sense of accountability to the communities affected.

It is imperative that a health impact study be carried out, as well as an assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island.

We are blessed to live in such a beautiful place. We need to protect our clean air and water and ensure healthy ecosystems for future generations.
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Robert SwallowHistoryWhat side of history do we want to be on?
Why isn't giving future generations a healthy
Planet our biggest priority.
Fossil fuels aren't going to last forever.
Lets keep these precious resources here
In canada, for future generations.
Why must we smoke it all till it's gone?
Lets not sell out to china.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Jocelyn LaskeyCoal Export Proposal for BCI wish to let you know that I totally disagree with the proposal of setting up a coal unloading dock in the middle of a major Canadian city & the undemocratic way you are displaying of in the non-consultation with it's citizens. It is easy to see that your way is driven by the almighty dollar & profits, with no consideration of health or environmental impact on the surrounding area & residents. This is NOT acceptable & I, for one, cannot not believe how you do not see this.SurreyBritish Columbia
Linda CondellOn the New Coal PortThermal coal is on its way out as many nations seek greener alternatives, and it's high time we admitted that. We don't need an expanded coal port here in BC, or anywhere else, for that matter. Coal carries environmental and health risks that are far too great to mitigate and it's well past the time we sought cleaner, greener means of energy production. How about some solar panels, or wind turbines at the ports....why are we not looking at all possible solutions instead of seeking the easy way to make a profit? It's time to divest from fossil fuels as much as possible. It's a new era, and it's time to lead the way, not follow the beaten path that has become a ditch and is soon to be our grave as we are a species on the list of the 6th mass extinction on this planet.CoquitlamBritish Columbia
Terence HarriaCoal port public inputAs a resident of New Westminster I am outraged that this message sending to the industry itself, is the Port's method of taking public input. I get that this is your (the board of the port) idea of a joke on the people and on democracy. My main concern is the fishery and you are refusing to study this. Typical, ignore the questions you might not like the answers to. You act like Conservatives.New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Margaret JordanCoal Ports in BCIt is unconscionable that our government would even think of allowing such an unhealthy enterprise. Climate change is real and coal, from now on, must be left where it is.

There are millions of green jobs available, just as soon as we get OFF fossil fuels.
Sidney, BCBritish Columbia
YVONNE ADALIANrisky coal exportscommunities all over the world have to protest this"dirty" deal - i was shocked to learn that canada is still using, and trading in coal.

the canadian government is informed about the environmental impacts of using coal, it knows the true cost of using coal - why is this proposal even being considered? it is immoral. we have to start cleaning up our planet NOW. we have to rediscover integrity, alternative energies globally, and real social responsibility.

industry has to be smarter than this. do not allow these proposed new changes to the port.
vancouver b.c.British Columbia
Laurel Donaldsonsay no to more coalPlease say no to the coal export project on the Surrey/Fraser docks. While I understand we all need energy, and economic health, it should not come at the expense of the health of our citizens and our natural environment. There is probably a very good reason why this US coal is not being shipped from the US, especially now as China is trying to reduce its reliance on coal. Please restore Canada as a leader in concern for the environment and wellness of citizens. All initiatives such as these need to be viewed from many angles, not just profits. The benefits just do not outweigh all the potential costs. Thanks for standing up for our health.New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Daphne MarlattCoal PortAs a resident of Vancouver, I do NOT approve of loading huge coal ships on the Fraser River inside metro Vancouver. I expect a proper environmental review of this proposal by an outside agency knowledgeable about the environment and the risks this proposal entails.VancouverBritish Columbia
caitlin (casey) stewartNo port for coal portHave we not learned enough from our past mistakes?

Global warming has caused some of our hottest summers yet. This in turn has devastated salmon populations due to extremely high water temperatures.

Our continued reliance on fossil fuels such as coal continues to produce negative effects to our environment (and not just with global warming).


For example, the shade from ships, barges, and the port it's self, often cause algae blooms, which can deplete both oxygen and food supplies for fish and other marine life, this in turn effects the food available for birds, larger mammals, and so on.


I have not even included some of the more obvious risks to public health, and to the environment, but I am sure you know of a few by now. I sincerely hope you do your due diligence and REALLY assess these risks, as well as involve the public who DESERVE to have a voice in this before it's too late!
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Jo MacleodPolitical Bullying Must StopI find it disgraceful in this day and age that Politicians still believe that because we have given them our vote that they have the right to go ahead and do whatever they want. This is supposed to be a democratic country. Our Politicians should act accordingly and stop doing things quietly behind our backs. That's the kind of thing some people did at school and got away with it. It's not acceptable behaviour for our Politicians or as adults.
The public have a right to know what our Leaders are setting up for us. We need to understand the route we are on to protect our children and our heritage. These 'behind closed doors dealings' have to stop. The people have a right to know beforehand about proposals like the US coal export coming through our ports and polluting our waters, our air quality, and destroying our scenic beauty.
Tourists flock to BC because of its natural beauty and fresh air. Imagine the dent in our economy if we couldn't offer that to them.
Think again because coal export is not the way.
LangleyBritish Columbia
Dixie FalcosKeep bc beautifulBC residents demand to be heard. I do not trust port metro to make decisions on my behalf. I am against both coal export proposals. No direct loading of giant coal ships on the Fraser river!! Or Texada island for that matter. Fossil fuels are risky, we need to be investing in clean energy.BowserBritish Columbia
Bonny FettProtect Fraser River and the environmentSo many environmental foibles and disasters. When will it end? Fraser River is open to so many communities and wild life. Why risk it with coal barges? I am sure you will say 'we did studies and it is safe.' Were these studies made by an unbiased group? I question that as there is so much money wanted from this expedition. It is time to stop this. Stop putting our land and rivers in jeopardy for the might dollar. Our province, and our country deserves better.LangleyBritish Columbia
Taryn GilsteadDisappointment aboundsI cannot believe you refuse to listen to local concerns. These are the people you face and are meant to represent. Sure big coal would mean big money, but if they want to do business through our port they need to do so in a way that is sensible and respectful of the health of both the people and the ecosystem which we thrive off of. If you are not willing to represent the interests of our people or our ecosystems, please do us all a favor and resign. You've already failed us .NEW WESTMINSTERBritish Columbia
Valerie YuleFraser Surrey DocksI am sincerely disappointed in the Canadian Government for not allowing citizens to have a say in whether it is wise, ecologically safe and economically realistic to build a coal port at Fraser Surrey Docks. Allow us to have a say in what happens our environmentally sensitive areas such as the Fraser River and Texada Island.DeltaBritish Columbia
Mary Donaldno new coal portTo the Port Metro Vancouver and Federal Minister of Transport, Lisa Raitt:

It is completely unacceptable to myself and the citizens of BC to have this proposal of barges and ships of coal enacted without due process of our democratic rights to have public assessments of this plan and discussion of the impacts on our health and the delicate marine ecosystem.

As well, it is surely becoming abundantly clear that continuing to mine and burn coal, the dirtiest of the fossil fuels, is greatly contributing to increased greenhouse gases, confirmed by numerous international scientific bodies. Even US President Obama realizes this and is fazing out coal-fired plants.

It is time for a major attitude change. There are other very profitable ways to make money, without destroying our environment, by investing in renewable energy plans now!

The community must be included in these decisions that affect us all. And it is the community who pays, through our tax system, for the well-known deleterious effects of coal on our health, and for the huge costs of repair and clean-up following all the massive climate change disasters, caused by the warming of our atmosphere, through burning coal and other fossil fuels.

As shown above, the implications of continuing coal exports via ship are very complex and wide reaching in a negative way. Now is the time for government to get smart and show courageous leadership in moving ahead by curtailing the use of coal not increasing it. Future generations will thank us.
RiondelBritish Columbia
Taher DaryaniStop the coal projectThis unnecessary project with no long term sustainability needs to be stopped. I just read an article yesterday that stated the Metro Vancouver Port's own statistics show that coal exports are decreasing. This is a very low grade coal that almost all countries are moving away from as the environmental impact is significant. Residents in Oregon and Washington were able to stop this project from occurring in their communities and this project would be in a location that's very close to very densely populated areas. The health, environment and community impact is too high in comparison to the potential jobs this project may generate.

Stop this project from proceeding and focus instead in areas of shipment where there is growth and
long-term potential such as agricultural and food products.
new westminsterBritish Columbia
Susan BatesNo Coal Ports on the Fraser.This needs to be away from any place where People live. This is a danger to people's health. I have enough problems with my health and do not want to add a coal facility.New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Riva WestNo New Coal PortPlease consider and reconsider the consequences of what you are doing. I am a grandparent and I would like to see a future for my grandchild - a CLEAN future.

You are compromising the lives of many young children as well as entire communities.

Do something worthwhile and find another way.
Qualicum BeachBritish Columbia
Christine HuntCoal exports proposalsDo not do this.Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia
Linda FrostProposed coal port at Surrey docksI am fundamentally opposed to the export of US coal from the Surrey docks. I do not believe that it makes any sense environmentally and feel US coal should be exported from the U.S. I am sure there are more appropriate US ports closer to where the coal is mined.BurnabyBritish Columbia
Robert / Audrey WildVancouver - coal port ???A ridiculous proposal !!!Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia
tom hannno to a new coal port and barging coal to TexadaPlease re-consider the expansion or the coal industry in Canada. The Fraser River port and Texada loading facility are unacceptable to every person I have spoken to in the Gulf islands and in the lower mainland. This is a short sighted program driven by greed and indifference to the environment.VANCOUVERBritish Columbia
Adrienne ScottCoal ExportsAre you all climate deniers? How can you just ignore all the reports about how dangerous and unsafe the transportation of these dirty fuels are?
Leave the coal in the ground. It is long past time to stop subsidizing fossil fuels and time to invest in clean energy. Subsidize improvements in solar power.
Invest in the health of Mother Nature. You obviously believe that your greed is more important than your stewardship of this province. Your position in this matter is obscene. I object, on my own behalf, and on behalf of my grandchildren.
Port Alberni, B.C.British Columbia
Malachi McKannFraser Surrey DocksPlease require Health impact assessments and public input before allowing Port Metro Vancouver to open the port to more coal exports. The Port Authority should be accountable to us, the voting citizens who live in the communities where it operates and would be most impacted by this and other industrial projects.VancouverBritish Columbia
Alex DRThe citizens of B.C. Deserve A Say Over Coal Export Proposals.Coquitlam BCBritish Columbia
Magdalena StoklosaEnd unfair review processThe existing review process seems to be a farce.

First, you seem to have little concern for our residents' concerns and that needs to change. We, the people of BC, deserve a say.

Second, the impact assessments seem to be lacking - what about health impact assessments, assessment of the impact of using the proposed shipping route? How about the fact that over the long term many people die as a result of coal burning, not to mention the impact to the environment - do we want to contribute to this?

I am extremely disappointed that short term economic gain appears to be the key determinant driving these decisions.
RichmondBritish Columbia
Vicky StromNo coalPlease start listening to people instead of corporations. No coal, not anywhere, not ever.White rockBritish Columbia
Michael FilzwieserCoal exportsPlease do not allow the coal exports through my city. Very little economic dividends will be paid to the people of bc. On top of that, it will further pollute our pristine environment and contribute to the worldwide problem of fossil fuel pollution. The answer to our future is sustainable energy so jump ahead of the gun and invest in something worthwhile which benefits not only the people of our city but all life on this planet. Just do what's right! Don't support further economic profit for the rich who literally don't even live in Canada. Foreign investment in our energy technology is already a joke so don't make it even worse than it already is!North VancouverBritish Columbia
Paulina NelegaNO to COALIt boggles the mind that the government of the day is considering any development that will increase the consumption of coal. This fossil fuel is the worst contributor to GHG emissions! It is beyond egregious and irresponsible of any government to be considering such a project at this point in time. Government efforts should be focused upon limiting GHG emissions, not contributing towards more. Put our nation's efforts and investments towards clean, renewable energy sources, not transporting US coal to other regions of the world. It is, after all, all one planet that we share.VancouverBritish Columbia
Jim PattonThermal coal port at Fraser Surrey DocksApart from considerable environmental considerations in this the hottest year ever recorded, I must state my objection to the proposed new thermal coal port at Fraser Surrey Docks on the grounds of civic dislocation and destruction. I live in White Rock on Marine Drive where there is considerable train traffic 24 hours a day. Further increases will inevitably lead to increased noise and pollution and decreased house prices and commercial activity. Simply put, it is an aesthetically appalling commercial proposal with little thought for those it will directly affect .White RockBritish Columbia
Joan O'Connor(Mrs. Duffy)coal export proposalsThe B.C. Government deserves a say over coal export proposals!Saltspring Island, B.C.British Columbia
Lorna StirlingNo expansion of Coal portsI oppose the building of thermal coal export facilities on the Fraser River. Naturally this is a frantic,last ditch effort by the fossil fuel industry to ram through infrastructure supporting outdated and ecologically destructive fossil fuel use for the benefit of a few, when governments at all levels should be focused on combating global warming, and phasing out these sources in favour of sustainable green energy sources. The Fraser River is one of BC's most productive salmon sources. The health of the salmon ecosystem and of the Lower mainland's human population has not been sufficiently addressed in this project. The dangers of tanker traffic in the Georgia Strait and inside waters to Texada Island is an additional threat to the Federal Marine Reserve. Canadians being contributors to the global air pollution coming from Asia, is unethical: placing shortsighted greed before stewardship.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Douglas JohnsonNo New Coal PortSTOP TAKING ADVANTAGE OF OUR POLITE COUNTRY.KelownaBritish Columbia
Laurie DeaconImpact of decision considered publicallyDear Sir/Madam,
As a leader in the community, I am concerned about the lack of accountability to the people of BC in the decision to allow thermal coal exports from Fraser Surrey Docs. Canadians have the right to hold government and industry accountable for matters affecting their health, and their future.

Second, I am concerned that the addition of these coal exporting ships and barges will negatively impact our health, although no health impact assessment has been made. I am concerned that there has been no assessment on the impact of increased traffic in the proposed route, or strategy made public in the event of accidents - whether air, water, or port.
There has been no meaningful public forum where concerns can be aired, answered and reported.
Before making a decision, I respectfully request you address these concerns.
LangleyBritish Columbia
Glennis SandersCoal/Kinder MorganEnough alreadyVictoriaBritish Columbia
Amanda JacobsNew Coal PortYou cannot make this decision without thorough health and impact assessments and meaningful public input! Coal! For goodness sake we should be a leader in environmental protection, this is embarrassing for Canada and B.C.VancouverBritish Columbia
Richard Boyercoal exportsI fear that Port Metro Vancouver does not respect and is not listening to local concerns about loading coal ships on the Fraser River. Our locale, our back yard where we live and breathe, where our children play, matter to us and bureaucrats in Ottawa must take that into consideration at least as much as bowing to corporate lobbying.West VancouverBritish Columbia
Mary Ann Shannoncoal exportsLet's get with the climate change neccessity of banning shipments of coal. The National Energy Board is undemocratic and is not set up to care about people and our future generations.
The IPCC, United Nations, and many others are giving Canada awards for being the worst polluter in the entire world per capita.
The day is coming when Canada will get sued for the starvation and deaths of helpless people in countries suffering the most from climate change due to our arrogant reluctance to change.
TerraceBritish Columbia
Trevor CradduckNo to B.C. coal portCanada is behaving badly. It cannot meet its own GHG emission targets and by exporting coal encourages other nations to continue contributing to GHG.
This must be stopped before Canada becomes a GHG pariah.
NanaimoBritish Columbia
Emma DalsvaagWrong direction on Fossil Fuels
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
KelownaBritish Columbia
Tim SniederFossil fuel export economyThis is an irresponsible idea for bcs future and for our descendants. The way its being done is undemocratic. Not that you people care.BurnabyBritish Columbia
Janet SimpsonCoal PortI am writing to add my voice to those of thousands of other citizens who are vehemently opposed to the loading of giant coal ships on the Fraser River and the barging of coal to Texada Island.
I have no intention of writing to the proponent, which would be a complete waste of time.
Please assure me that writing to you isn't.
Janet Simpson
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Chris MeyerNo new coal portsPlease don't add any further coal ports or expand current ports.Enough is enough.We need to find other sources of fuel.North VancouverBritish Columbia
Anne FouronLet BC have a say over coal being shipped in our cityBefore any proposal is reviewed and considered, I would like to ask that the following be done:
No Health Impact Assessment
* an assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island
* an assessment of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects
* public hearings and public input in permit decisions
VancouverBritish Columbia
Ray LongelyCoal ExportsTo Whom It May Concern

The world has accepted the fact that we must move away from a fossil fuel economy. Even Stephen Harper has pledged to rid Canada of these sources of pollution in 85 years. It is incredibly short sited and destructive to continue basing our policies on coal and oil. Come to your senses and protect your children's future.
N. VancouverBritish Columbia
paul dicksonBritish Columbians will not allow risky fossil fuel export projects to be rammed down our throats.I want a democratic process and credible impact assessment for coal export proposals.north vancouverBritish Columbia
Paul Andolcoal port on the fraserthe lower manland is growing by leaps and bounds, population and immigration on the rise, new residential developments all along the river from new west to richmond, no matter what the industrialist say about how safe it will be, there always is the risk..so what is the cost associated to the risk compared to what benefit this plan will could generate? Money to some faceless offshore entity vs. health and air quality in one of the world's most liviable cities. oh...and a few local jobs i suppose..oh..and a few more jobs that will be created for more healthcare workers to treat all related lung issues. Living on the south slope of new west facing the river, the prevailing winds are mostly from the south west...could be real nice if the coal dust starts to fly.
what are our leaders thinking...? do we have any?
VancouverBritish Columbia
Kathleen BeechinorNO COAL AT ALL!!I do NOT wish to see any more assessments, public consultations or impact studies. I WANT A STOP TO FURTHER EXTRACTION, EXPORT AND PROCESSING OF FOSSIL FUELS. Enough already you greedy, deluded morons!VancouverBritish Columbia
Des BeltonNo Coal Export Increase!You are an unelected body, acting as puppet for corporate interests. We, the citizens, want to see a decrease of carbon use, not an increase, and we definitely don't want our shorebird habitat further reduced and threatened by exports of American coal! Please act in a responsible way that represents the best interests of all Canadians. Do not go ahead with this proposed increase in port facilities and subsequent shipping traffic.AiyanshBritish Columbia
Heather GlassNo Coal Port ExpansionAlready neighborhoods above the coal piles in north Vancouver are covered in coal dust. I have witnessed this my own eyes. I was shocked to see how far away from the coal piles the dust travelled. There is enough documented evidence of the dangers of coal dust. This proposal is tantamount to disaster with dangers to health of anyone living within the proposed port areas.

Do Not Accept The Coal Port Proposal
West VancouverBritish Columbia
A. GoddardSTOP!!!!!STOP ALL AND ANY COAL EXPORTS AND INVEST IN SOLAR ENERGY......like it is done in Germany and many other countries in our world.

GO GREEN!
NOT BLACK.......
courtenayBritish Columbia
Lois EatonWishes of Citizens rule in a democracyLook up democracy in any resource you wish and it will say something along the lines of the government being all the citizens. The Canadian democracy is so far from the notion of governments doing what citizens wish that it has become a dictatorship.
It is time to reverse this practice and become a democracy once again. Governments at all levels need to listen to the wishes of the people they represent. As a small segment of the democratic government, Port Metro Vancouver must comply with the wishes of British Colombians.
Qualicum BeachBritish Columbia
Laura ProctorNO COAL - anywhere!Coal is unsafe, unhealthy, known carcinogen. We should NOT be taking it out of the ground, much less hauling it through the midst of a city and then polluting Texada Island too!!!
Stop the insanity ... do something different like using LESS power and developing alternative sources.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Kacey McDougallThe public deserves a sayPlease institute a more democratic decision making process immediately. Not learning from past mistakes in favour of short term gain is not the way to operate. Industry policing itself is destroying the integrity of the place we live. Citizens have a right to be heard equally with those who stand to profit.VancouverBritish Columbia
karen tsangNo CoalIt is a shame the people who have the ability to make decisions are in abject denial of what has to be done in order to mitigate the damage that arrogant men have created. And yes. Not all men. But you men. And those who are blind enough to follow you.VancouverBritish Columbia
Mary de LeeuwCoal Port & Barges in the FraserCoal is one of the greatest of the non-renewable resource polluters. World wide. Please do not permit it in our beautiful, productive Fraser River and our unspoiled British Columbia shores.TerraceBritish Columbia
Carol StewartFor the Sake of our Children...I don't know where to begin to inspire, urge, cajole you into making our environment and its health our primary focus in the years to come. That means stopping these proposals and activities so that deeper visions of how to care for our future can arise. We have to change to let change happen.NelsonBritish Columbia
Arlene CampbellCoal portThis should not happen. We are destroying our beautiful country.Burnaby BCBritish Columbia
Melissa WoehlerThink Long-Term!To the decision makers,

We can't teach our children in Canadian schools that fossil fuel development is directly linked to climate change and on the other hand continue developing this resource and building new facilities to make its use more prevalent. Without the following assessments/consultation this project SHOULD NOT BE APPROVED.

- Health Impact Assessment
- Assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island
- Consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects
- Public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Lorena DelgadoNew Coal PortDespite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:
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
SurreyBritish Columbia
Alexis BachThe coal export proposalThis current proposal has to be re-considered and not allow an amendment that would allow direct loading of giant coal ships on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver. The impact to the greater community, and local environment would be catastrophic.
Please act in a responsible, accountable and ethical way when making decisions for your company. Please realize the impact that these decisions have in the greater community and local environment. Please do not move forward until these items have been addressed:

Health impact assessment
Assessment of impact along the barge route to Texada island
A thorough consideration of the cumulative impact of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects

Please conduct a public hearing and take into account the views and opinions of those individuals who will be living with the impact of your decisions.
Halfmoon BayBritish Columbia
maria molinaricoal transport in my back yard!I am so disgusted with all levels of government for even allowing this to be considered. We continue to pollute the world we live in and sicken the people on it!
Oregon and Washington didnt want this!!??
Ya, so let's us take it on eh? for what, a few jobs....? You should ALL be so ashamed and disgusted with yourselves!! Who is making the ultimate decision? I guess we'll know by the weight of cash in his pockets.
new westBritish Columbia
Linda MacNayNo New thermal coal port in BCthe Federal Government and BC deserve a say over coal export proposals.

major gaps the port has refused to address:

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
Quathiaski CoveBritish Columbia
Joan DobuzinskisThink outside the box!Let's move away from coal. There are alternative forms of energy. Think about your kids and back them.North VancouverBritish Columbia
Daniel HoldsworthDivest from fossil fuelsAs a society we need to be divesting from fossil fuels not building new infrastructure that further locks us into a carbon dependant economy.

Also the Coal industry is collapsing

http://fusion.net/story/142473/the-american-coal-industry-is-collapsing/

So its probably just a bad financial investment too.

Use some common sense.
WhistlerBritish Columbia
gabriela grabowskycoal portThis expanded Coal Port idea to send even more and bigger tankers into Vancouver and Texada is not a good idea... There is enough tanker traffic already and coal is not a good idea to expand on these days. Alternative cleaner energy is essential
Democracy should take precedence over corporate greed.Let BC decide.
KasloBritish Columbia
Elsie DeanNo coal In Metro VancouverThe cost to our pople's healthe will be paid by each of us and will not be ca;ci;ated as an expense to the corporations. neither will the owners be charged with damage to environmentBurnabyBritish Columbia
Michelle ShepherdNo new Coal PortTo whom it may concern,

Please understand, we truly need to have the well being of Canadians as well as the long term economy as our primary concerns which means that we do not want a new port. Actually we have to start much more research and development into clean tech as that is the way of the future and Canada is a laughing stock in this area right now. Be part of the future not the past.
RichmondBritish Columbia
Jocelyne AbregoNo to Coal PortCoal is a thing of the past. I am 100% against this project, particularly in my neighbourhood. Enough already!DeltaBritish Columbia
Tai AdlerCoal ExportrsBritish Columbians will not allow risky fossil fuel export projects to be rammed down our throats, use common sense and stop new the proposed thermal coal port expansion.NANAIMOBritish Columbia
Steven BolgerNo New Coal ImportConsidering that the port has refused to properly assess, acknowledge or otherwise accept accountability for the risks associated with the implementation of this plan, I agree that I am against having a coal port at the Fraser Surrey docks.Victoria, BC CanadaBritish Columbia
David ThomsonDirty coalCoal is the dirtiest of our fossil fuels. It is well documented that coal dust is responsible for black lung disease. People have an inherent right to protect themselves from harm and nobody has the right to overrule that right.

So how is it that the federal government and others are ignoring that basic human right in their efforts to ship coal, adversely affecting the health and well-being of those who live and/or work anywhere near those proposed shipping facilities that are now gearing up to ship that filthy, harmful, climate-polluting, fossil fuel.

I understand that there has been 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, and no public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions!

That's just despicable!!!
KelownaBritish Columbia
Heather JenkinsCoal Export ProposalsI am sick and tired of the many, many, undemocratic decisions being made about Canada's economy under the current government - this new shipping facility for coal being one of the latest to be shoved down our throats despite public protests.
Why in hell are we building Canada's economy around fossil fuels when we know that these fuels contribute to climate change and will result in catastrophic, irreversible damage to the earth; damage that our next generation will have to contend with. This current government is all about making money - Earth be dammed. We need a government set on spending money to develop innovative, clean methods to create energy.
What good is an economy based on fossil fuels when the Earth will be too toxic for human existence? Children born today will reap the rewards of this thinking: no ground water, air not fit to breathe, an extinction of fish species due to warmer temperatures, toxic soils; the list goes on. They'll sure thank us for being so narrow minded and for our government's inability to think outside the box in order to take care of future generations, not just Stephen Harper's.
25 years from now, a new curriculum will be added to schools across the nation: How the Conservative Government destroyed Canada's environment: lessons in developing economies to protect the environment.
NelsonBritish Columbia
Lana FloodCoal export proposalThe residents of BC will have a say about coal export ships in the Fraser River. My letter represents the resistance of my neighbours, friends and children. Future generations will look back on decisions as these with respect for our work to evolve away from the dirty fossil fuel industry.vancoucerBritish Columbia
Ron neumeyerCoal TerminalI strongly oppose the construction and operation of the Fraser Surrey Dock proposal to ship US coal from their facility.deltaBritish Columbia
Bruce CarterCoal ExportsDear members of our society,

My grandmother told me "ignorance is bliss" ... I'm not sorry, but I'm not ignorant

At a time that it is necessary for our citizens, institutions and industries to work for the common good (read: survival) ... you offer more old world, so called "opportunities"

I am sorry the government/industry cannot see beyond their next "pay cheque" ... but this is not fiscal security

Now that "Corputopia" is at the levers of power ... it's time to invest in a world you want to live in

This issue deal with people & place ... the "investors" do not live here, and have forgotten ... our mutual well-being is all connected

I don't accept you do not care ... you may be simply following my grandmother's ethos ... but please look at the facts!

Simply put, this is a bad proposal ... I know you/we can do much better

For the air, water & land that sustains life,
Shawnigan LakeBritish Columbia
Bruce CarterCoal ExportsDear members of our society,

My grandmother told me "ignorance is bliss" ... I'm not sorry, but I'm not ignorant

At a time that it is necessary for our citizens, institutions and industries to work for the common good (read: survival) ... you offer more old world, so called "opportunities"

I am sorry the government/industry cannot see beyond their next "pay cheque" ... but this is not fiscal security

Now that "Corputopia" is at the levers of power ... it's time to invest in a world you want to live in

This issue deal with people & place ... the "investors" do not live here, and have forgotten ... our mutual well-being is all connected

I don't accept you do not care ... you may be simply following my grandmother's ethos ... but please look at the facts!

Simply put, this is a bad proposal ... I know you/we can do much better

For the air, water & land that sustains life,
Shawnigan LakeBritish Columbia
Jean WoodlandCoal insanityCoal should be left in the ground. Americans don,t want it shipped through their so sure, train it through B.C. This is insane.

Jean Woodland
SidneyBritish Columbia
Vincent Vesserpublic leaders selling out Hello,
It often seems that money is the final decision maker on many public energy projects today. Where does the money come from......and where is it going? Canadian energy policy has taken this country on a trip into the past while the rest of the world is heading in the other direction, the future.
Will your decision push us forward or back? No more planet threatening Carbon projects that can only be dead end roads! We need to start building a future that is Clean, Green and Sustainable.
DeltaBritish Columbia
Carol WaitCoal exportPlease do not ship anymore coal from our ports. We ha be a restaurant in White Rock B.C. We Dave a wood patio which turn black within one day after cleaning it. What is that doing to the lungs off our people? Imagine the effect of the coal on our trees and plant life. China is becoming aware of the damage burning coal can do. We need to start using other methods for our energy needs, not just for our own country but for all the peoples world wide.deltaBritish Columbia
Catherine CroughNo CoalPlease focus on renewable, sustainable ways to make money, support a healthy environment. Lead by example.VancouverBritish Columbia
Sam Mcgowancoal portthis is last century technology, get with the clean energy movement, for a clean future for our children, coal dust is poison.YahkBritish Columbia
victoria pagethermal coal portsno new thermal coal ports!!windermere bcBritish Columbia
Sarah FindlayJoin the 21st centuryAll over the world people are turning to more and more sustainable and environmentally friendly technology. Big companies are finding that they cannot operate without public scrutiny. Our planet is in danger and most people are concerned about it. If you do not change your ways and look at the impact of your industry and attitudes towards the public, you can look forward to more and more public outcry and it will affect you.VancouverBritish Columbia
Ricardo ArangoNo more coalNo more coal through Surrey Docks! Having asthma is already difficult to live with, with more coal going through my attacks will be more often. I believe that this will impact the environment I live in.VancouverBritish Columbia
Alison WattCoal Port proposalI would like my voice to be registered against the shipping of US Thermal coal from BC. Aside from the non-democratic process of this decision so far by the Port Metro Vancouver, I would observe that this problem does not only impact Vancouver. Increased freighter traffic is spilling out into the waters surrounding Vancouver, with over 40 anchorages now providing berths in our waters--all without any regional consultation or input from citizens. At the same time overarching concern remains the ethics of shipping a product which contributes significantly to the urgent problem of global warming.NanaimoBritish Columbia
Michael LunConcerned citizenPlease please please. DO NOT approve thermal coal ports to be built in BC.

This is about the future of BC as a place to live for generations to come. Health and impact assessments are hurdles, but the actualizing the routes bring REAL impact to the land, water and community.

Please reconsider from a place to live standpoint.

Sincerely,
Michael Lun
VancouverBritish Columbia
Gary SmileyStop, Think, Respect our CoastThese are dark days for Canada and our 'Home and Native Land'.
The thought that Canadian port authorities are strongly considering allowing coal exports through B. C. waters probably due to the fact that the United States at this point thinks rightly that they don't want anymore coal going through their ports due to them actually listening to the local citizens around those ports who are unwilling to risk their health and the health of their environment. It is wrong that the Canadian port authorities and environmental review agencies are now more focused on enabling the coal industry at the expense of the south coast environment and the well being of Canadian citizens. I am sorry but all you people who sincerely thinking that allowing coal exports to flow unrestricted through the lovely waters of British Columbia are making what I think is a tragic mistake.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Vicki MoulderPlease consider the impacts on families and the enviroment!Do NOT permit the export of coal out of the Fraser River!! This is a short sighted plan!

As a Surrey resident it will effect our community by diminishing our air and water quality. Not to mention place an intolerable stress on our environment.

Please consider all social and environmental impacts affected by this project!!
SurreyBritish Columbia
Joan PinkWe Need Our Voice Heard in B.C,The people of this province are not being listened to! We want no part of this & wish to send a message to unelected companies & the federal government to out a stop to this NOW!VictoriaBritish Columbia
Ardith BeynonCoal exportsWhere is the democratic process if letters from the public are being sent directly to the company who's only concern is profit making. These concerns need to be collected by an organization that's concerned with health issues for both people and animals (marine and land animals).
The Lower Mainland and the communities along the way to Texada will all have the air quality deteriorating from coal dust/particles and everyone breathes the same air.
Profit should not be the only concern.
Please act with integrity with this issue.
GibsonsBritish Columbia
Tom MajorNew coal port in Surrey B.C.What are the benefits to B.C. Taxpayers? We have to remove the Massey tunnel because it is too shallow for the heavy coal ships at a cost to us of almost $2 billion dollars. What about environmental effects to the community? It appears to me that very few permanent jobs will be created shipping American coal. As tax payer, are we not subsidizing a private company for private profits?DeltaBritish Columbia
Nicole BorhavenThermal Coal Ports - unwantedMy family and I do not support the allowance of new thermal coal ports to be built in BC.KamloopsBritish Columbia
Valerie RaynardB.C. Deserves a say over coal export proposalsHello,

I am surprised that with all the information today about the huge carbon emissions caused by burning coal, the dirty fuel of the Industrial Revolution of the 1700s, that BC continues to accept this most primitive of fuel sources as part of our energy plans.
I am further surprised and disappointed by the federal port authority, Port Metro Vancouver, and its handling of the proposed new thermal coal port at Fraser Surrey Docks. Despite unprecedented public outcry and demands from health authorities and local communities for comprehensive, independent impact assessments, the port authority have allowed the company making the proposal to conduct the public outreach, environmental studies and health analysis before approving a permit for the project. The National Energy Board has directed the public to send comments directly to Fraser Surrey Docks. This clearly creates a moral hazard situation which impedes the accountability and transparency necessary in a democratic society like ours.
These coal export proposals are opposed to Canadians' economic interests, the interests of our quickly disappearing ecosystems and clean waterways, and the interest of democracy in Canada, which continues to slowly deteriorate. Please don't be part of selling Canadian values out to dying, inefficient industries.

Thank you.
Lions Bay, BCBritish Columbia
Debra DerosierNO COALCoal Destroys The Planet must be other waysSurreyBritish Columbia
Ann AndrewsCoal exportsThis is no time to create more facilities for the coal industry. The world must work on reducing the use of fossil fuels or our future is in serious danger. I strongly oppose the creation of a new port on Canadian soil to export U.S. coal to Asia. There are too many dangers involved not only for the future of the planet but also the direct problems that arise in the shipping of the coal to Tex
ado Island. There has been no meaningful public enquiry into all the dangers involved.
Black CreekBritish Columbia
Lynn Langcoal tankersCoal is a dirty fuel source. Rather than facilitating coal production and transportation, I would prefer to see government pursue clean alternatives. While coal is still being used, I want to see coastline protection put as the highest priority, ahead of corporate interests. Therefore I oppose the building of a thermal port in B.C. I also insist on public input on all proposed changes to methods of coal export. The people affected by any proposed changes in coal transportation must have a voice in those changes.AbbotsfordBritish Columbia
Roree-lee CarlineCoalI know you probably stand to make Billions on this coal deal, but imagine the impact on the environment. I have lived and worked in a coal town, just the dust alone, can cause widespread sickness in animals and humans alike. So please Do Not bring into our beautiful British Columbia, a coal port, please.SurreyBritish Columbia
Lois Schwarzcoal on the Fraser Riversee above title.Port MoodyBritish Columbia
Susan GageNo coal port without consultationI am appalled and saddened that Port Metro Vancouver would even consider shipping American coal out of Surrey without an adequate process of consultation, plus in-depth environmental and health impact assessments. This is an extremely risky project, endangering the health of people living nearby, and the health of our waters. Please ensure that proper public process is adhered to.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Erica FioreCoal Export Proposals.B.C. Deserves A Say Over Coal Export Proposals.AnmoreBritish Columbia
ALLAHU AKBARGO FUCK YOURSELFOH GREAT, ANOTHER TERRORIST TARGET. FIRST YOU KILLED ALL THE CRABS NOW YOU PEOPLE WANT TO KILL OFF THE MIGRATING SALMON. THEN AFTER IT IS ALL BURNT IN CHINA MAYBE IT WILL KILL YOU AND YOUR DOG. I SHOULD MAY AS WELL START BURNING MY USED TIRES.DUMASSKISSBritish Columbia
Parnell DavisCoal ExportI am against the export of coal and the transportation of coal on the Fraser River to Texada Island.Union BayBritish Columbia
Karen LearmonthFossil fuel and our environmentTo whom it may concern,

BC citizens deserve a say in our environment. For our health and our children.
Please reconsider what you are about to do.

Under our current federal government, whether it's coal or crude oil, the system is set up to steamroll over local concerns and lock B.C. into a fossil fuel export economy for decades to come. I just don't trust that a fair decision will be made here. Despite unprecedented public outcry and demands from health authorities and local communities for comprehensive, independent impact assessments, the port authority allowed the company making the proposal to conduct the public outreach, environmental studies and health analysis before approving a permit for the proposal a year ago.

Now the port is considering an amendment that would allow direct loading of giant coal ships on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver.

As a voter. I am demanding a democratic process and credible impact assessment for coal export proposals.

Fraser Surrey Docks has made a bad proposal even worse. The company first proposed to build a new shipping facility for U.S. thermal coal in 2012 so they could barge coal to Texada Island to be loaded onto oceangoing vessels bound for Asia. Now they want to directly load giant coal ships AND send barges of coal to Texada Island. Or maybe not. They're not really sure, but they want to be allowed to do both, just in case.

Unfortunately, instead of learning from its past mistakes, the port authority has made the decision-making process even less democratic than before and wants the public to send their comments directly to the proponent. That would be like the National Energy Board admitting they won't consider public input and instead asking people to send letters directly to Kinder Morgan!

This is crazy and unacceptable.
With just a few weeks left until the federal election, now is a perfect time to show the current government and its federal candidates what we expect from a functioning democracy: a meaningful voice for local communities in major fossil fuel export decisions.

P.S. In British Columbia, we don't just roll over and allow big industries and their friends in the federal government to bully their way through our province. That's why we're taking matters into our own hands to make sure every voice is heard on the proposed U.S. thermal coal port at Fraser Surrey.
Maple Ridge (Greater Vancouver)British Columbia
James BachFraser Surrey Docks ExpansionDespite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:
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
VancouverBritish Columbia
Tracy PosoukhSay no to Coal ExportsTo Whom it May Concern,

Starting a letter this way may seem typical, but this topic is by no means a "typical" topic. I urge you to be concerned about coal export. Please consider what this could do to our city, region, province, and country.

As a resident of Surrey, I want my concern to count. Moving coal through my city will not benefit any of us, now or in the future. Whatever financial gains may be achieved will be far outweighed by the negative environmental and human health risks. Please see the big picture here and do not go through with this project. Consider the role of democracy and the greater good for us all. This will show us that you truly are "concerned".

Thank you for taking the time for reading this letter.
SurreyBritish Columbia
Nola ChaoNew Westminster coal portPlease do not put this coal port here . I am mariner as well and feel extra coal transport tankers on our waterways will definently increase water ways traffic on the Fraser River competing with the other shipping tankers which may cause accidents then will impact the habitant. I'm not I favour of the coal port as I am asthmatic as well and coal dust is known as one of the contributing factors of COPD.SurreyBritish Columbia
john godfreycoal exportCoal is such an old school way to heat/fuel things we should leave it in the ground. Instead of putting money into port s to handle this we should put money into solar & encourage others to do the dame.surreyBritish Columbia
Janine ReidSay no to coalThe world is looking for alternatives to fossil fuels. Let's join them and say no to coal exports. BC and Canada can do so much better for,the environment than this.New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Katherine TalbotFraser Surrey Docks Proposed Thermal Coal ProjectI am concerned over the proposed Fraser Surrey Docks thermal coal project. It seems as though proper health and environmental impact assessments have not been completed. I thought there were supposed to be independent assessments done in order to prevent conflicts of interest. By allowing Fraser Surrey Docks to complete the assessments and handle letters and comments from the public I feel that Port Metro Vancouver will be given skewed information. I feel that all of the other factors are not being considered. When Fraser Surrey Docks completed their environmental impact assessment did they consider all of the traffic already using the area? Please put a hold on the proceedings until proper, mostly unbiased, health and environmental impact assessments can be completed by an independent agent.Prince GeorgeBritish Columbia
Elizabeth GrantThermal Coal Transport in BCAs a citizen of Metro Vancouver, it is clear that the process of determining whether new thermal coat ports can be built in BC has been undemocratic and this process seriously compromises our environment. I ask you, in your position of protecting our environment, to strongly reconsider this idea, in the context of the climate change and impact of the coal transport on our local environment.VancouverBritish Columbia
Tanya MacNeillNo Fraser River Coal PortI am saddened that this is even being considered. I grew up in Ladner, near the current local port, and it was awful. The dust covered everything and was ingested despite the watering down of the piles of coal. It will damage the already dwindling fish stock in the River. Coal train traffic will make the busy River Road impassable. It is a completely impractical idea that is not good for the neighborhood. - This shouldn't only be about money!DeltaBritish Columbia
john daviesmove on from coal think of the childrenRenewable energy is her. No coal port.salt spring islandBritish Columbia
Angela PageCoal Port in BCPlease respect the environment and don't build coal ports on the Fraser River or send bargeloads of coal to Texada Island.

We have a beautiful province; please don't damage it as once this is done we will never get it back.

Thank you.
Framlingham. UK
Gregory McCayBC citizens do not want another coal port at Fraser Surrey DocksIt's time for BC citizens to be heard: we don't want a coal port in Greater Vancouver area---with all kinds of associated,built-in detrimental environmental effects. As natural fundamental element in our democratic society, we deserve access & active participation in meaningful public hearings to provide citizen-input into proposal for a new coal port. Health effects of proposed new coal facility also need to be fully looked at & considered in light of public's right to know /full transparency up-front.VancouverBritish Columbia
david monkcoal in vancouver portI am writing to ask that you (re)consider the proposed project by the Fraser surrey docks to build a new port for exporting coal.

To pursue this project without appropriate consultation of the people of Vancouver and BC is undemocratic, and so I ask that you begin a review of the project with a consultation of the people of BC-where they have a real say, not just the opportunity to write a letter to the port authority. there needs to be an independant consultation and review process please.

THe review should also include health assesment impacts, impacts of barge route to texada island, the cumulative impact of increased shipping.

I think the project also needs to take into consideration the adverse affects of using coal in general and the impact of it on green house gasses and climate change. Should Canada be participating in such ventures?

personally i oppose the project, and hope that consultation and a serious independent review taken up.
victoriaBritish Columbia
Chad Lindstromhealth of taxpayers is more importantThe health of your taxpayers is more important than handling the export of dirty USA coal.

If the USA ports refuse to work with this dirty coal, then why should we?
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Michael McElgunnAre you kidding me?I cannot believe a thermal coal export facility could be built on the Fraser River. I have been living for the past 29 years in the neighbourhood that will be directly impacted with many long train loads of coal passing daily a mere two blocks from my home! I am appalled this could be even considered without having a Health Impact Assessment and a thorough environmental impact assessmentDeltaBritish Columbia
Peter TebbuttProposed changes to the coal port expansioni am deeply troubled with the proposed changes to the shipment of coal at port Vancouver. The process is deeply flawed and now a proposition to ship thermal coal from two locations on the BC coast is preposterous!
After two years...
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

Now our communities are supposed to swallow these changes....

Has anyone noticed the surge in renewables worldwide heralding the endo of all fossil fuels?

Please drop this proposal altogether.
Powell RiverBritish Columbia
Susan EllardCoal Exports through Fraser Surrey DocksIt is wrong-headed and short-sighted to continue to invest BC's infrastructure dollars in fossil fuel based resource and transport firms. Governments and public officials have a duty to consider health and wellbeing of the population first and foremost, and to inform themselves about climate science. You are locking in a disastrous future and a failing uncompetitive economy for our children and grandchildren. The costs we will have to pay for the harm of pollution and climate change will vastly outweigh the gains made, and those gains made will primarily reside with wealthy corporations, not with citizens. You are derelict in your duty, once again, and are putting decision-making in the hands of those with a conflict of interest and a biased and narrow viewpoint. No person who has children should allow themselves to be blinded by short term profits, when they should be protecting the wellbeing of citizens and their environment. Your actions, if you approve these coal shipping projects, delay the necessary and urgent transition of our economies and energy industry from coal and oil-based resource use to clean renewable energy, and further, have immediate and significant health risks to the local population you purport to represent.KelownaBritish Columbia
Corijn de RooCoal & crude oil exportsI have worked in the coal mines and seen first hand what happens in those place. Yes they have many great ways of fighting spills and new technologies for preventing axidents. How ever these bairly get used. Usually they say to expensive to do on big scale or just throw some dirt over it thats fine to.... In many places in europe we are trying to get rid of fossil fuel all together and i know they will succeed. Germany is already producing more green electricity then it can consume and sells is to it's neighbours. We need make sure we dont lock ourselfs into some stupid agreement with fossil fuels and especially not destroy or jeopardize the little bit of unharmed nature we still have. This is every canadians country and we all have say in what happens in our back yard!!!CourtenayBritish Columbia
beate denzNO NEW COALPORTNO new coal port.....the enviroment is not being considered....there have been protests
from local residents...we never hear about that do we?.
salt spring islandBritish Columbia
Lloyd BalserRe: U.S. Thermal Coal in our community and the undemocratic process you are undertakingHello,

I am a resident of Surrey and formerly lived at New Westminster Quay.

This thermal coal project offers nothing substantial enough to the BC community to make up for the chemicals, dirt, dust, noise and added traffic congestion due to the rail transport. Not to mention pumping the chemical laden wastewater through OUR sewer system to a treatment facility that is not equipped to handle chemical waste, and then to irresponsibly pump it into our waterways.

You are; and have been, using low-ball tactics to skirt local regulations and steamrolling over public opinion in the lower mainland to force this short-sighted project on us.

There is absolutely no scientific doubt that 85% of our tar-sands needs to stay in the ground. This to meet the 2 degree max planetary temperature rise that is devastating enough in and of itself.

So what's with the plan to accept American Coal that's been rejected by Americans?

The extremely limited job additions are not worth the damage that will be caused.

Seeing as profit and unsustainable growth upon growth is now the driving force, to the detriment of humanity. Please get together with the other industries in this Province and spend your beloved tax break monies on creating value-added products to be shipped through our ports.

Not dirty coal.

There's your profit without destroying ecosystems and communities.

I realize that pure Capitalism leaves no room for natural and human needs or concerns, but there was an ever so brief time where we tried to be a just society and temper this profit at all cost ideology with reason and good judgement. ie: the now gutted fisheries regulations, protected waterways etc.

Heed the advice of the impartial science community and shift gears to create new opportunities for yourselves and your children.


Lloyd Balser
Surrey BC
Canada
SurreyBritish Columbia
Kathleen TurmaineNo To CoalStop contributing to the destruction of our planet for the purpose of corporate profitSurreyBritish Columbia
Gervais FoxNo Coal!Please listen to the people, and not to your masters.

You are after all, the people.

It is no longer the case that we can do as we wish with the planet, and pretend that the consequences of our actions have no impact. You are just hurting other people and other beings somewhere.else.

The notion of coal being about jobs, and therefore a necessary evil is ludicrous.
Coal is about profit for the rich, the owners, the stockholders. The intentionally oblivious, in the name of money.

If there was not that carrot , no one would be trying to make profit out of this substance. Remember, these are like, or the same people who heap leach minerals with acids , and mercury, with unprotected workers in other ecosystems. For what? Jobs for African and South American and Asian teenagers and children? Nope. Bottom line profits. The people, the workers, are commodities useful in the process. There are no benign intentions towards them.


The mining and transport and burning of coal has toxic and evil consequences. You know that, in your hearts.

We can do better. The Port, and the Provincial and National Governments ( if these institutions are truly of the people, SHOULD do better.)

If you don't listen honestly , and then act honorably, you are essentially destroying the bit of the Canadian democracy that is in your hands to uphold and preserve. And that is Shame. A bureaucratic shame that you will own, personally.

Shame:-Like residential schools.Like Insulin shock therapy. Like Guantanomo Bay. Like blacklisting Buffy Saint Marie. Like gassing the Kurds.


In the name of what erroneous idea will you proceed to ship the coal that everyone knows belongs in the ground, for this planet's safety?

Stop.

Think carefully and deeply.

Think about your children's children.
Think about the pine beetle.

Think about the icebergs, and the polar bears, and the glaciers.

Think about the Himalayan rivers drying up, like the Colorado River.

Is your new Dodge Ram pickup and your hot tub, and your Hawaiian holiday worth it?
Port MoodyBritish Columbia
Rukshana EnjjineerYou're Violating the Democratic Process!As someone whose life has been threatened and devastated in every way by extreme environmental poisoning, I am
utterly outraged that a largely covert, corporate coddling coal project is being underhandedly given the carte blanche
green light without ANY proper public
hearings.

This is a blatant violation of the democratic process, especially given the clear potential for dire health and environmental consequences from what seems a quietly ordained "done deal"
without accountability.

Not so fast! Residents of the lower
mainland demand their RIGHT to
open, transparent public hearings NOW!
VancouverBritish Columbia
Mark DreverCoal exportPlease give the public an opportunity to be advised and a chance to discuss whether or not a greater amount of coal exports is an idea shared by the community it will affect and the future of BC.Sun PeaksBritish Columbia
Judy McCluskeyStop the coalPlease stop the coal proposed to be running through my neighbourhood and other areas of BC. This is a pollutant and a compromise to our neighbourhoods. It has zero benefits to me, my community and my neighbourhood.

Do NOT allow this to cross into our neighbourhoods.

I expect an answer explaining why I should as a taxpayer be subjected to this stream of pollution.

Waiting on your reply.

And it better be really good.

Zero benefits here to homeowners from what I can see.
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Michael Lawrencecoal portThe citizens of British Columbia are the only people that should be consulted about any issues that may affect them in any way.
This would include the question of a coal port.
Business and the profit stakeholders are not the ones who should make any decisions on basis of making their business see more money.
Grand ForksBritish Columbia
Zev RomanI oppose the expansion of coal facilities.I strongly oppose the expabsion of coal facilities by the Port.VictoriaBritish Columbia
David MalickiSave It For UsHello,
The longterm approach sats go green, not black. In this case, so does the shortterm approach.
SquamishBritish Columbia
Don ScottCurtail Coal export expansionBeautiful BC?? Currently BC claims it has reduced GHC emissions by a couple of million to some 65 MT of CO2 annually. But we export 100 MT of GHG equivalent in coal export alone! Expansion of the cope will only make the situation worse.
BC is experiencing a record drought, BC is burning, we have a massive warm blob of water off our coast stretching from Oregon to Alaska, an extreme El Nino growing in the Pacific. And what do you irresponsible administrators want to do, massively increase our export of coal which will soon be burned and add tens of millions of more GHG into the worlds atmosphere, further accelerating the rate of global warming, which will soon swamp your damn super port as the ocean rise accelerates. Be responsible and reconsider what we are already polluting our atmosphere with.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Jon HumbleCoal export proposalsThe Fraser Rivers central role in the ecological fabric of BC warrants far more consideration than the business interests of the coal industry.
It really is time to instigate change for the better regarding the hidden mafia like control that institutions such as the Fraser Surrey Docks port authority currently have. One point is certainly crystal clear - this secret, unelected, unaccountable "authority" has not one jot of interest in the very genuine concerns the Canadian citizens of BC have about the reckless plans in question here. This is not a good state of affairs. We need accountability from bodies appointed to serve public interest, as it is so obvious in this case that all effort is being made by them to accommodate the plans of Corporate business, whilst simultaneously, arrogantly and blatantly ignoring public concerns. How are these people appointed - what are their salaries? It is all a mystery.
We need real democracy in charge here - not unaccountable, greedy and callous goons.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Shelina DevjiNo to the new coal portI don't support this. It's all about big business and not about the environment. The public should have the right to be involved.North VancouverBritish Columbia
Jerry HeedThermal Coal ExportsI strongly oppose the construction of fossil fuel infrastructure for the export of thermal
coal through Metro Vancouver to Asia, without first assessing the environmental and health impacts of such a project through local public hearings. I also believe such a project should NOT proceed without a full accounting of the greenhouse gases produced and the implications for global climate change.
Richmond, B. C.British Columbia
Anna KraulisNo to new coal portsBC deserves a say in coal export proposals.

Despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:

-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

British Columbians oppose this kind of risky development, and we want our voices heard.
VancouverBritish Columbia
JB LohmeyerNo new coal portEnough with the increases Enough with china needing more. I don't care! They are very capable of figuring out solar panels etc for their energy; enough. The air and the oceans cannot take much more of this. And enough with all you high rolling greedy friggin executives who feel entitled. And really don't care about the consequences down the road. Enough.White RockBritish Columbia
Gillian HaywardNo pipe lineAt this time, there is no way a pipe line can safely go in without causing extreme environmental degradation. Kinder Morgan has a poor track record, poor environmental safety record. Surely in 2015 we have the ability to put the long term needs of a healthy planet before the short term needs aid a few greedy corporations. Please be brave and say no to kinder Morgan.KelownaBritish Columbia
Marion KolesnikoffLoading Coal Ships on the Fraser River in B.C. CanadaI am concerned that we still deal with coal as an industrial commodity. Have those involved in these projects not heard of the Keshe Foundation that is specializing in clean energy? Why are we not becoming aware of the future technology that is now discussed instead of participating in such outdated and polluting coal projects?
People's voices need to be heard regarding the plan to load giant coal ships on the Fraser River and send barges of coal to Texada Island. Humanity is in a time when more and more decisions are being made world wide to help the Earth heal itself and to minimize the risks involved with the use of archaic resources such as coal and the risky transport methods. Start listening to the people who advocate for ways to prevent further damage. Set an example of genuine caring for the planet. Management Staff that turn a blind eye to the voice of the people are putting themselves at risk for being replaced by people who are committed to being stewards of the earth.
Grand ForksBritish Columbia
Elizabeth McNeillThermal oal exported from VancouverDear Mr. Silvester and Minister Raitt,
Export of thermal coal from Vancouver/Fraser River needs an environmental and health assessment from someone who doesn't have a conflict of interest. The company that would make a profit from this export is slated to be the wolf guarding the chicken house. Unbelievable that this would be allowed.
Also needed is an economic assessment of this project. It should not cost taxpayers anything. Capitalism is about taking calculated risks, and that's all right. No taxpayer bailouts.
Sechelt, B.C.British Columbia
Theresia SmithNo new coal portWhy on earth are we handling a product we
will not use, and the US ports will not handle. We are not some 3rd world nation so needy for a bit of money that we sell our future for a pitance.

No no no!
North VancouverBritish Columbia
Yvonne RousseauCoal Export ProposalsFraser Surrey Docks
Robin Silvester, Port Metro Vancouver
Lisa Raitt, Federal Transport Minister

The concerned citizens and communities of BC deserve to have a say over coal export proposals. This needs to be a democratic process not just about promoting trade and industry growth.

Canada is supposed to be a democratic country. Do not let industry dollars overrule that.
KelownaBritish Columbia
Sarah BosioNo CoalYou do not have the ethical authority to steamroll a decision that will affect British Columbians' health and environment for decades to come without considering our input. Please understand the long term effects of being a bad citizen and make this right.VancouverBritish Columbia
Cathy KucherCoal Export from VancouverPlease abort this mistaken plan to transport coal from Vancouver to Texada Is.. It is wrong on so many levels. We need public hearings and public input on such an important decision. We need to have assessments over the dangers to health that this practice of shipping coal by barge will precipitate.GibsonsBritish Columbia
Marilyn McPheeNo New Coal PortStop this madnessQuathiaski CoveBritish Columbia
J CoatesWhy are we still enabling the export of coal?Please think of our children's (children's) future and redirect our economic focus to renewable...VictoriaBritish Columbia
Susan LakeNO NEW COAL PORTPlease save our environment and do not ok a new coal port !!!!!!!!!!West VancouverBritish Columbia
Gary BlidookCoal ExportsI believe we, "the citizens of BC" are ready to insist that our democratic rights be respected. It would behoove you to take note and act accordingly. Harper won't be there much longer. Nor will Christie.KelownaBritish Columbia
Maggie EnglerCoal PortI expect the Port Authority to include BC citizens and representative BC government bodies in public hearings in advance of any granting of permits or considerations thereof. I also demand that the federal port authority solicits an independent Health Impact Analysis from local health authorities; that an environmental assessment is inconducted for the communities/environmental impacts along the barge route; and that the impact of increased shipping is assessed.SquamishBritish Columbia
Samantha McCandlishcoal exportsTo Whom it may concern,
I believe it is a terrible mistake to allow the export of coal from the Fraser River, as well as from Texada Island. Coal is a dirty fuel with a large environmental impact. It will have a negative effect on air quality both when it is shipped, and when it is later burned. We should be concentrating our efforts on developing new green energy sources instead.
Sincerely, Samantha McCandlish.
North SaanichBritish Columbia
Lindsay EasonPlease listenI don't agree with the proposal to build new coal ports. Please consult BC residents. This is not a good idea, but you already know that.KelownaBritish Columbia
C AllisonBC Deserves a Say over Coal Export ProposalsAs a resident of New Westminster, BC, located on the Fraser River, I urge the Port Authority and Federal government not to shirk your responsibilities to the people and land of BC. I would like you to share the following with the people of BC, especially those of us who live near the proposed site for direct loading of coal ships:

1) Why you have not conducted any assessment of the impact of the coal port on the health of people living nearby the site?

2) Why has there been no assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island?

3) Why has there been no consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects?

4) Why have there been no public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions?

The air pollution from coal in Vancouver in the late 1800s and early 1900s was worse than the pollution in the 1970s. We know the impacts of breathing in coal in miners. New Westminster and Queensborough, both close to the port are redeveloping land for residential use. Your proposal is unacceptable and poses a real threat to the health of people living in the area and to the health of the Fraser River.

You owe a responsibility to protect the health of the river, the health of the people who live near the river, and the health of the fish and wildlife who live in and around the river. Please act now to stop the development of thermal coal ports in C
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Erich BaumannCoal Port VancouverI am absolutely opposed to building new coal loading facilities in the Fraser River and Vancouver Port.
There is no Health Impact Assessment, zero assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route by Taxada Islands, no consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple proposed export projects and from existing facilities. There has been no meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions.
AbbotsfordBritish Columbia
Lynna LippmannSaying "No" to A Coal PortI'm a registred voter, directly impacted by the transportation of coal due to my proximity to the rail line. I am only one voice, but I know is speak for many. I don't want a coal port in BC. Sadly I'm certain nobody in parliament will care what I want and the government will continue to do as it pleases, seeking out what benefits them in the short term. If you really want to hear public opinion then hold a referendum. Do what needs to be done to ensure that the people affected have a say in what happens to them. Do the right thing and represent what's in the people's best interest, and not just yours.DeltaBritish Columbia
Aaron ZachariasFossil Fuels Are ObsoleteHello
I was wondering if you would consider placing a permanent moratorium on coal and other fossil fuels and engage in a massive retraining and re-education that would lead to promoting renewable sources of energy: wind, solar, geothermal, etc. The science behind climate change and global warming due to human tampering with fossil fuels is solid and irrefutable. If you love this planet, if you value human life, if you care enough to see a healthy and sustainable world passed on to future generations, if you are willing to forego greed for the common good, then I implore you to give up and relinquish this fuel of death. We are already enduring climate change and if we do not eliminate soon and completely our reliance upon fossil fuels then I really fear for our future.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Joanne KrickanNo Coal PortWe don't need a coal port. We need alternate energy to save our planet!New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Dana DavidsonNo Coal PortI live up the hill and can see where the proposed port will be and my issue is that on either side of the river is largely residential. We listen to the port activity, trains all day long now.The coal dust and extra port noise should not be in a residential area. I am totally against this new coal port. Why can't it be located farther down river with much less residential??SurreyBritish Columbia
Charles HaydenFossil Fuels in BCPlease do not increase oil and coal transport in BC. It endangers our home, our environment for all the generations to come.
Short term financial gain does not justify the eternal damage that will surely come.
Thank you
MissionBritish Columbia
Shakti DuggalNo to coal ports in BC from a concerned citizenI want you to stop this crazy idea of transporting coal through our Port and NO to directly loading the coal on the Fraser River. How can you think that this is fair with no public input and no thought to the risks. The people in Washington said no to shipping the coal from their terminals because of the health concerns and I want us to consider the risk to the public. Coal is being phased out so we need to stop this insanity.
To the Minister of Transport - Lisa Raitt we need people who care about the environment and people and this year we will be electing a government who speaks for the people - will you speak for us and support us.
VancouverBritish Columbia
E jangNo new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C.British Columbians will not allow risky fossil fuel export projects to be rammed down our throats.VancouverBritish Columbia
Valerie UrquhartThermal Coal Ports in BCIf the U.S. does not want to allow shipping of coal from their ports, then why are they treating us a third world country and risking the contamination of our waters, thus threatening the lives of our water fowl, fish and the fragile ecosystem.

Quit whoring us out to the Americans. Show some respect for Canada and her people. Ask the citizens of Canada make the decision on this and like matters.
ValemountBritish Columbia
Patti Gilbertsonfair assessment of port activitiesPlease do the right thing and get proper ethical democratic and science based assessment of the merits and impacts of various forms of coal shipping in BC ports.New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Kathryn McCormickNo Coal Export Imports!I am utterly appalled that any person or persons in public or private office would, in this day in age, in this critical time, with a global consensus among the scientific community, participate in the propagation of fossil fuels.

Make your fellow Canadians proud, as well as your community and family proud and invest in solar and green energy. Help to build our economy and NOT contribute to the devastation of our earth.
Cowichan ValleyBritish Columbia
Charlie DeLacheroisExport of Foreign CoalIt is in no way serving the interest of British Columbians to facillitate the export of low grade thermal coal from outside the province let alone from outside the country.NelsonBritish Columbia
Patqin Vonnet Chistison HallNO NEW COAL PORTI am a concerned Nlekepmx person, an owner of this beautiful land we call Turtle Island. Since the Redman was put here we enjoyed the fruits and freedoms our Mother Earth intended us to have. Since contact with the Europeans my people has experienced nothing but misery, the small pox, the residential schools, alcohol, the taking away the respect of our women, all put in place to steal our lands and to either wipe us out completely or assimilate us and since we don't have the same gene as Europeans have it's easy to conclude that wiping us out was the route to take. I look back and feel the heartbreak my ancestors must feel. I look forward and fear the heartbreak my grandchildren and people must face if this assault of greed an power hunger continues. We ALL must make a stand if history taught us anything it's that the people in power with the rich will not stop their greed until literally kicked in the ass, there is enough of us to do that if we ALL STAND together and petition the heck out of those people... The Creator be with youz allMerritt BCBritish Columbia
Ruth NicolNo new coal PortAnother "company" determined to get its own way.

Money, money, money......
VancouverBritish Columbia
Jane NeufeldtNo coal trainsWe lived on Marine Drive in White Rock for several months. Our decks were always covered in a dark black greasy dust. Whether it was coal dust or diesel from the trains, it was terrible.SURREYBritish Columbia
Margaret OuwehandStop Coal ExportsAs a citizen of British Columbia, and as a Canadian, I object to the export of any fossil fuels. Recent weather-related disasters are wreaking havoc on our environment. Climate change is real. We should be promoting research and development into "green" technologies.KitimatBritish Columbia
Bruce Van Tassellno coal portwe need massive investment in clean safe alternative energy this is a huge step in the wrong direction.NelsonBritish Columbia
edith woodCoal Ships on the FraserThe envirmental impact of coal ships to our health, fish, and natural habitat on the river would be huge. It's a very bad idea to have coal shipping from the Fraser River.vancouverBritish Columbia
Sherry DahlNo new coal portB.C does not need a new coal port. There has been no proper health risk assessment. History shows us there will be accidents and environmental disasters.KelownaBritish Columbia
Ricardo RodriguesNo coal exports from Fraser Docks!Global warming is happening. You can see for yourself by the significantly extended warmer climate in Vancouver this year and recent years. Coal as an energy source needs to be stopped as soon as possible. The risks to the environment, our region and our health are not worth the risks. I do not support any proposal that involves the continued export of coal from our local communities (or anywhere for that matter). The time for change is now. Change to clean renewable sources. For all our sakes; environmental and health-wise. What legacy will you leave on our one and only home?VancouverBritish Columbia
Frank FrketichCoal Exports from Fraser Surrey DocksPlease explain to me why Canada and specifically the port of Vancouver is willing to export coal from an American source through its facility. I understand American ports in Oregon and Washington states were not interested because of the health and environmental risks so why should we take it on. I realize its all about money, but really can Canada be that desperate for cash? If we had a government that was concerned about the health of its citizens and the state of the environment we would not be considering this at all. Let the American export their dirty coal through their own ports!Denman IslandBritish Columbia
kate stephensonNo Coal docks on the FraserCoal is not the fuel for the future, renewables are. Let's stop investing in coal and all polluting fuel sources and invest in our futurevictoriaBritish Columbia
Sheryl WalkerNo New Coal PortWE DONT WANT ANY NEW COAL PORTS ANYWHERE IN BCCampbell River, b.c.British Columbia
Dianne RitterWE pay youWe, the citizens of BC, pay you to take care of our best interests.
As a person who lives near to a coal port I can tell you that more coal ports are not in our best interest.
At the very least the Minister of Transport and the CEO of Port Metro need to take public opinion into consideration before decisions are made that will affect the long term health of not only our community but the entire planet.
North VancouverBritish Columbia
el-c smithcoal portas a resident of the sunshine coast I am not impressed with this venture.gibsonsBritish Columbia
Lori KeenanNo Coal PortI urge you to not allow a new coal port in the Lower Main Land. It makes no sense to do this environmentally, nor will it prove an economic success. When the entire world is seeking ways to divest itself of its dependence on coal, why would you invest in an infrastructure that works with coal.
Within the next 20 years, coal will become obsolete. Be smart!
VancouverBritish Columbia
ryan riddlepromote the health of the river insteadcoal export is another silver bullet for econimic gains yet completely misses the target on all other fronts toward a socially and evironmentally sustainable BC.nanaimoBritish Columbia
IAIN LECKIECoal ExportThe U.S. don't want it so why should we. Listen to the public and not your change purse.SALTSPRING ISLANDBritish Columbia
Helen KettleCoal Port on the FraserCoal is a bad idea. We need investment in infrastructure to support green energy sources, such as wind, solar and tidal not to support an 19th century industry. Also it is a health hazard. It is insane to build a coal loading facility in the middle of a city. We in Delta already experience the coal dust from the Westshore Terminal. Coal is being phased out in the US - why don't you get with the times?DeltaBritish Columbia
Teresa SankeyNo more thermal coal ports in BCI am aghast at the lack of consideration given to due process by the Port of Vancouver and the federal government in this matter. I do not trust the Port of Vancouver to make fair and just decisions on my behalf regarding this project. If this project is allowed to proceed as proposed it will lead to environment damage that will echo through generations to come.VancouverBritish Columbia
Michael deRoosstop coal exportsPlease think of the health of people and the environment and prioritize these over the financial benefits to coal producers. Do not build a new coal port on the Fraser.Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia
Oscar MirandaI don't believe you are protecting citizens interests but a group of people businessIts incredible what money makes in this age.
Authorities are suppose to watch after citizens interests but instead of that we can see how our current system is protecting a group of few people interests and profits.
We really expect a conscious decision from you to claim the image of a trustful authority.
BURNABYBritish Columbia
Barry ButlerFraser Surrey DocksRe: new shipping facility for U.S. thermal coal. No health impact assessment, no public hearings. This proposal is short sighted and dangerous. I dare you to have public hearings.VictoriaBritish Columbia
sheila campbellCoal PortPlease let the people of BC decide democratically if this is the right decision for the future of the river, the City of Vancouver,the Province of BC and the many creatures that depend on the river and waterways. There needs to be open discussion, consultation and assessments done.vernonBritish Columbia
Alan TremaineAddress the IssuesIt is time you addressed these issues:

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
VancouverBritish Columbia
Almira SpillerNO MORE COAL!!!!!It just doesn't make sense to continue to use a fuel that has a direct negative impact on the climate. Canada should take the lead and show other countries that we care about our future. As a country we all need to do what is necessary to help fight Climate change. NO MORE COAL!DeltaBritish Columbia
William ChaseYANKEE COALThey can't get permission to ship through their own ports, so they want to pollute ours? NO WAY!Fort Saint JohnBritish Columbia
Tobin BrownNo to coal exports from Fraser Surrey docksTurning this urban port facility into a coal export hub is madness. Environmentaly it makes absolutely no sense and foolishly threatens th Fraser river and surrounding farmland. Economically it is good money wasted developing an arcaich resource. It is now time to work towards an economy moving away from fossil fuels!Victoria, VancouverBritish Columbia
Harvey ArmstrongNoCoalPortI have several concerns besides the huge contribution to global warming this port represents:
1)No Health Impact Assessment made
2)Zero assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island
3)No consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects
4)No public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions - decision-making on projects like these must include meaningful input from the public.
Kaslo, BCBritish Columbia
Ed SadlerNO NEW COAL PORT!Now is not the time to be building MORE insfrastructure around dirty coal or any other carbon based fuel, now is the time to explore renewable energy. Our planet is on the verge of the 6th great extincton according to scientists and a major part of this is from carbon emissions.

Please rethink this and look at other options that are more fair to the environment and our future generations of humans.
North VancouverBritish Columbia
Paul CraikReject amended coal export proposalDear Port Metro Vancouver,

I understand that Fraser Surrey Docks has amended its application to load barges of coal in Metro Vancouver and then send them to a terminal on Texada Island to now include the option of also loading large freighters with coal right at their facilities on the Fraser River.

After two years, Port Metro Vancouver has still failed to address the following concerns raised by concerned communities and regional governments:

The lack of a Health Impact Assessment
The lack of 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.

I would also like to point out that time is running out for humans to convert our economies away from fossil fuels if we are to prevent catastrophic, run away global warming. Increasing fossil fuel exports is exactly the wrong direction we need to be going.

British Columbians such as myself will not allow this province to be a source of or a transportation corridor for climate destroying fossil fuels. Please reject this amended coal export proposal.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Lisa MaloneyNo Coal PortThe Fraser River belongs to everyone in BC not to the Port Authorities. A decision of this size cannot be made without the consideration of TAX PAYERS and all citizens.Heriot BayBritish Columbia
Ronald SpectorBad idea to increase coal exportsI am thoroughly fed up with the undemocratic process trying to ram through increased coal exports from and through BC. For goodness sakes take a second look and stop this bad idea that will lead to greater pollution locally, increased barge traffic and further environmental degradation. It's a bad idea that needs to be opposed.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Michelle SweetNegative impactWith no studies on future impacts to the health of humans, animals and the environment that could be a result of this, I fail to understand why the people who live in the area have not been consulted or given a chance to have our voices heard. What we want:

Health Impact Assessment

Assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island

Consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects

Public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
James O'Sullivancoal port comingIt is time to reconsider. What are the effects on a broader base of your community vs economic gains. Please listen to ALL the people.owell RiverBritish Columbia
yvette botfieldcoal exportsStop the coal! We can already see the beginning effects of climate change and coal is the worst offenderCoquitlamBritish Columbia
Jim LloydNo New Coal PortI call on you to stand up and use your authority to:
- Prevent further expansion of U.S. thermal coal exports in B.C.;
- Require independent health and environmental assessments before considering new coal shipping projects and;
- Ensure British Columbians have a say over export activities that affect their families and communities.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Robert CompstonThe local tribes can do what federal doMadam,

I think the concerns of First Nation here is important, historically trumping what is canada(1967, 1982, 1954) and that in 1812 we conquered a state cited came itself is America military here then too new borders they still acting we warring. White and making two noise beside locals.

As such your opinion is already defeated can ignore local tribes bastard English claimed is Indian while they saying not our name still exists as registration shows and proves documented counted on or relied on by someone like me reads.

Therefore I strongly urge a reconsideration of corporate and state corporate policy or be evolved is in order personally.
Concrete zooBritish Columbia
Gordon HartmanContinuing growth and associated cumulative impactsThe lower Fraser River is already an impacted and over-used waterway. Every year millions of salmon use the river to reach upstream spawning areas. These salmon should not be put at additional impact risk.
We can not go on adding additional environmental impacts to an already partially degraded system. If it is so imperative that B.C. has this further ecological impact activity, try to use some real imagination about designing the activity. Growth cannot go on forever.
Nanaimo, B.C.British Columbia
Toni StevensEnd dependency on fossil fuelIt is clear from the increasing scientific evidence that we MUST shift our energy needs to sustainable sources or expect our species to perish in future generations. transporting coal, oil and other highly toxic energy sources through sensitive environment must STOP. The process of decision making which is exclusive of the general public is undemocratic! It is unacceptable!gibsonsBritish Columbia
Aisling ChapmanCoal Export ProposalsTo Whom It May Concern,
BC deserves a say over coal export proposals for many reasons, just one of which is risk to our marine environment due to increased shipping traffic.
Port MoodyBritish Columbia
Debbie PunshonCoal PortGeorgia Strait is very fragile and easily contaminated as the water has to flush through narrow passages. Where I am on Vancouver Island, I've noticed that we already have regular algae blooms from all the cruise ship traffic. This never happened in my youth. The last thing we need is to bring dirty coal in to threaten every coastal community on Vancouver Island and on the mainland. We need to protect the oceans! It's pretty disgusting that we already have a garbage dump the size of Texas out in the middle of the Pacific and we have all that garbage from the Japan tsunami that will continue to pollute our seas for many years to come. The salmon won't be able to smell their way back up the Fraser if these waters are polluted and all marine animals dependent on salmon will also suffer. Our oceans are dying. We need to protect them and leave something decent for generations to follow! So far we have failed future generations in every way possible.LantzvilleBritish Columbia
John PalmerProposed coal portI totally disagree with any further expansion of fossil fuel usage when we have reached a point where our only realistic choice is to move quickly to renewable energy sources.TrailBritish Columbia
Craig MarsdenThermal coalMoney isn't everything.VancouverBritish Columbia
Silvia Heinrichstop the potential ruin of our coastline and a future so heavily dependent upon fossil fuelsPlease stop your autocratic process of ignoring locals' concerns (i.e., the Vancouver, Burnaby and Richmond city councils and many others are against increasing coal shipments and tanker traffic) and forging ahead with plans to keep Canada heavily invested in the export of fossil fuels for decades to come. By clinging to the needs of the fossil fuel economy, you are hamstringing the future of my child as well as all of Canada and BC. We need an economy strong in innovation, technology, entrepreneurialism, management of our water resource exports and alternative energy sources. Let's move forward instead of clinging to the past.

I am opposed to a coal export facility at the Surrey Fraser docks and I am opposed to the barging of US thermal coal to Texada Island to be loaded onto oceangoing vessels bound for Asia. Please keep British Columbia beautiful and wealthy by supporting the development of cleaner, more high-tech and alternative fuel industries.
West VancouverBritish Columbia
dolores baswickCoal and the impactsIt is obvious that your environmental assessment did not include the salmon run up the Fraser River. If you had, you would realize that the dust from loading and unloading will filter into the water, accumulate and eventually kill fish migrating up the river. This is an insane proposal and it needs to be banned.TofinoBritish Columbia
Brenden MacDonaldUS commmunities didn't want that coal exportNeither do we.

Coal industry should shrink not grow. You should fire the CEO and put Dogwood Initiative in charge of the Port Authority.
SurreyBritish Columbia
Caroline DeschenesCoal Export ProposalsWe Deserve A Say Over Coal Export Proposals.
We have to decide now that coal is no longer a viable option and stop squeezing the last drop of a commodity that has becomed a curse to the environment health. If you consider to the long term viability of this export/trade put against the need to 'clean up our economy' from damageable industry pressure, stop developping it...now!
SquamishBritish Columbia
Terry LowreyExport of coal and other fossil fuelsIt is time to get our heads out of the fossil-sand and the folly in continued fossil fuel burning, the very future of our children depend on it. There are more jobs and plenty of energy in alternatives - particularly geo-thermal in Canada and the countries we are exporting too. Why don't we focus our attention on selling the Asians Geo technology? We need to become professiant in some form of alternatives if Canada expects to compete in the global alternatives market. We are falling so far behind that our economy may never recover - especially if we continue to flog this lame fossil dog! I say NO to the expansion of coal and other fossil fuel export fro our B. C. ports!NelsonBritish Columbia
April ParchomaWhat if ...?What if this decision means that thousands of people will begin to suffer from breathing issues? What if this decision means that people's gardens will be covered with coal dust? What if this decision becomes infinitely more expensive than its cost benefit analysis currently reveals? What if you already know all that all of these outcomes will occur and are going ahead because you choose to privilege a narrow scoped process instead? What if we - as a group of concerned individuals - can see through all of this and are the vocal reflection back to you? Your actions are transparent and as a collective we refuse to passively stand by and be poisoned by your lack of initiative to sincerely examine the impacts you are seriously considering to generate. I am one of the voices who raises these questions because I do not want you to think that as an observer that I am okay with gutless leadership. Carbon issues are now ravaging the planet's environment, causing unborn babies in China to suffer from brain tumors: there is no denying that coal has no future. So why are you choosing to take easy money in the sacrifice of everyone's health? What kind of regulatory body does that make you? What are you complicit in? Yes, have another drink and enjoy another unhealthy appetizer and allow your consciousness to glaze over in your own mediocre complacency, and tell a bad joke while you are at it. It would be terrible to feel the enormity of this bad choice that is unfolding only because its easier than engaging with the possibility of a direction that considers the whole picture - including caring about children having clean air to breath and clean water to drink. May you steep in your shame, and may your shame cling to you until your heart's courage can redeem you, and you grow a resolve that actually demonstrates that you care for this community beyond the feeble amount of jobs that this project will create (compared to the level of destruction left for the generations to come)VancouverBritish Columbia
G FraserB.C should have the largest say over coal export through our portsBC should not be involved in the shipping of coal to foreign countries and certainly should not risk loading those ships on the Fraser River.

The process of approving plans to expand capacity or methods must be open, public, publicized, unbiased and NOT done by the private companies who stand to gain from approvals--this is incredibly obvious and the public should not have to question the process or protest in order for a proper process to be followed.
RichmondBritish Columbia
Shas ChoOur coast is not for sale!The extraction, delivery, storage, loading, shipping and burning of this coal
affects every citizen in BC and around the world.
Our concerns are being dismissed for the profits of a wealthy few.
We deserve and demand a voice in the use of our port.
No supertankers in our port and no coal shipments until the public voice is heard!
Boston BarBritish Columbia
orie bloomfieldcoal and your shamethis is bullshit i can't believe you haven't clued into the fact that we need to stop polluting our planet so much. shame on all of YOU!! you are supposed to protect whats right not be persuaded or bought out by the large corporate enterprises. this is not what we need in our climate or Asia's. i hope you smarten up your act otherwise there will not be a clean and healthy place for any of us to live.courtenayBritish Columbia
Rev. F. Mark . Mealing, Ph.DCoal Export IssueThis is a bullying retreat to a 19th. century fuel technology that only adds to the already manifest disasters of Global Warming. Why are you hostile to the planet?Meadow CreekBritish Columbia
Joanne ReidNo new coal portAs a parent and a citizen of the lower Vancouver mainland I am opposed to increasing coal use. It is proven to be harmful to the environment and those that work with it.BbyBritish Columbia
m sawadaNo coal portAbsolutely no new coal port. No decisions based on greed.surreyBritish Columbia
Nancy Price-MunnCoal portNo decisions should be made without local input. Silencing outcry by silently working against the people of Vancouver and the province is immoral. Dr N. Price-MunnNanoose BayBritish Columbia
Janice KearleyCoal Port ProposalAfter watching a never ending train full of coal go pass me the other day, with dust flying into the air for all to breath- I was shocked at how bad it really is. All I can say is what are you thinking. Just the health costs to the BC public should be enough to shut this downVictoriaBritish Columbia
David DidierNo fossil fuel export without local approvalProper local public environmental and social reviews must be done before new permits are issued.VancouverBritish Columbia
Laura McLarenRequesting Public HearingsIn regards to building coal ports in B.C, as a B.C resident I am requesting a democratic process of consulting the public with public hearings, an independent health impact assessment, impact assessments along the proposed barge route to Texada island, the cumulative impact of shipping traffic on human health as well as ocean and marine life. All of these factors must be considered before building a new port to export coal.Heriot BayBritish Columbia
Gail Thompsonstop shipping toxins out of vancouver.It's a bad idea:. Coal travelling toVancouver.,just for export at low Canadian idollar rates. It's toxic dust, remember the canary in the coal mine.Port AlberniBritish Columbia
Judy McLarenStop the coal shipsIt's time you woke up to the 21st. century and found responsible and democratic ways of doing things.North SaanichBritish Columbia
Graeme FellNo new coal portAs a Vancouver resident, I am opposed to a new coal port and to the building of a bridge to replace tunnel.

At a time when we should be doing all we can to conserve fossil fuels we are encouraging their use. This should not happen. At the same time we are spending taxpayer money on infrastructure to assist in this process.

I do not wish to have my tax money spent in this manner.
vancouverBritish Columbia
Onni MilneNo Thermal Coal Exports From Fraser Surrey DocksAs a BC resident, I feel sickened by continued disregard of citizen health and safety by Port Metro Vancouver regarding the Fraser Surrey Docks proposal to transfer coal directly onto giant coal ships.

This proposal is moving forward in spite of fierce opposition from health officials and communities affected by coal train passage. Instead of a comprehensive and independent impact assessment, the port authority allowed the company making the proposal to conduct public outreach,
environmental studies and health analysis BEFORE approving a permit for the proposal a year ago. What does that say about the value of our environmental assessment process - Worthless!

As an organization run by unelected leaders with no accountability to the communities where it operates, Port Metro Vancouver will never offer a decision that reflects the public interest. What is clear is that maximum profit in the shortest time is their deciding factor, no matter how damaging the results of their decision will be.

As a BC resident, I demand that the following issues are seriously considered and resolved before FSD receives their permit:

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

This proposal must be rejected now. This is an opportunity to ensure that Super Natural BC is more than a public relations slogan. BC citizens deserve nothing less than preservation of our Commons Heritage and sustainable communities for future generations.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Daniel RokeCoal export proposalsI demand a democratic process and credible impact assessment for coal export proposals. It is outrageous that the public outcry for a proper assessment has been over looked.VictoriaBritish Columbia
sydney SpraggsNo More PollutionNo more coal ever. Go Green! Our trees are dying as a result of global warming.

Only Florida doesn't believe the obvious. No more Coal. No more carbon in the air. Save our souls!
Vancouver, BCBritish Columbia
Barbara WestlyCoal Port across from New WestminsterNew Westminster is undergoing unprecedented beautification, in architecture and their river front. I can not believe that the City of New Westminster wants to have COAL immediately across the river from this wonderful city. I've been to cities that use coal and transport coal and it is disgusting. You know it's in your lungs and the rest of your system just by blowing your nose - what comes out is black. This port shouldn't be anywhere near residential communities. This needs to stop now!White RockBritish Columbia
Dave Medzondue processI am against the plan to ship coal from the Fraser River. In an age where coal is becoming an obsolete power source, it is incomprehensible to be promoting its use. Let us use long term thinking in this energy transformation era. Can you quantify the gains involved, other than a few bucks for maybe 10 years?
Invest in Canadian know-how to be competative in "clean" energy sources. Loo to the future. I urge you to find a better plan.
Port MoodyBritish Columbia
Doug GoodmanJust say NO to CoalCanada and BC need to say no to coal mining and shipping.

Public input and health authority input must be of primary importance.

Damage to both human health and environmental health due to coal mining, transport, export and combustion is excessive and intolerable.

Just say no to coal.
SointulaBritish Columbia
Pamela MitchellNo more COALWhy do we even use and export a product that is so toxic? We do it simply for the money and because it's been so easy. How dare we send this product to Asia knowing their history on how they treat their citizens and businesses. Their citizens will be harmed and die from the side effects of using coal. The earth will be affected as well, big time. Here as well as in Asia! Shame on BC and Canada! There should be NO COAL exports at all, let alone anymore.

Please allow for a proper UNBIASED assessment and review for this. It is so important for us and the Chinese citizens who are dying from USING OUR COAL.
SurreyBritish Columbia
Alan MonkExporting CoalAre you kidding me? We are enabling coal? Why would we consider aiding such a damaging export? Really: why? Jobs? GDP growth? Tax revenues? Is that the best you can do?

Canadians value integrity. We want to do what's right. We look beyond our own self interest. Do what Canadians want to do. Stop coal.
KelownaBritish Columbia
Elgin AmbroseCoal shipments via Vancouver Coal, used as a fuel is "not viable", its time is over. Leave it in the ground, undisturbed.
Allow a truly democratic process to give the citizens who will be affected directly a
voice and a means to be heard.
As a citizen of Vancouver Island and BC, I object to the proposed shipping plans.
SOOKEBritish Columbia
jennifer russellno more coalits time to get out of the dark ages
we need greener energy production
surreyBritish Columbia
Wendy HawkinsTo the officials of Port Metro Vancouver and Surrey Fraser Docks.What can I say that will make you, Port Metro Vancouver and Surrey Fraser Docks, do the right thing and change your minds about building a thermal coal port in the center of Metro Vancouver where more than two million people live, work, play and treasure the healthy ‘green’ life style that we enjoy?

What can I say that is going to make you take seriously the negative impact this dirty thermal coal will have on our communities, this province and our global neighbors.

I could tell you that the train tracks that the proposed thermal coal will be transported along are less than one hundred meters from my family’s home and this is a huge concern to us and my neighbours. I could tell you how my husband’s father and grandfather both died of emphysema and that my husband has been vigilant in keeping his lungs healthy and how bad coal dust would be on his health. I could also tell you about the wildlife in the Delta Nature reserve and Burns Bog in my community that will be impacted by coal dust. Ex: rodents run through the coal dust near the tracks and surrounding areas and the Owls eat rodents but I doubt any of this is a concern to Port Metro Vancouver and the Surrey Fraser Dock officials.

On broader terms, we could discuss the record droughts in California, the extreme wild fires burning throughout the western U.S. states and British Columbia, the toxic air pollution in China and how it's killing their people and how the rest of the world is moving away from dirty thermal coal. We could talk about the reality of global warming and the importance of reducing our carbon footprint but this isn't news to the people making the ‘coal’ decisions so one could only assume that the lure of making millions of dollars is overshadowing, or blinding them to the reality of the changing world we live in and the need for cleaner energy, or another theory is, it just doesn't matter.

Well it matters to the people who live in the beautiful Metro Vancouver area, it matters to our global neighbours and it matters to me. You have residents in Surrey, Delta, New Westminster, Vancouver along with other communities say ‘NO’, we don't want this. We’ve been shouting it loud for a long time and still the focus is on building this facility.
We pride ourselves on being leaders in the world for going green and reducing our carbon footprint but Port Metro Vancouver and Surrey Fraser Docks officials are more than willing to ignore this. This is our city, our communities and we have a right to protect our health, our environment and our global reputation. Please, say ‘NO’ to the proposed thermal coal facility.
Thank you.
N. DeltaBritish Columbia
Ronald McIlmoyleNo New Coal PortThese proposals are NOT in the best interests of the people of BC,especially from a health stand point. Neither the proposal nor the amendment should NOT be allowed to go forward.BurnabyBritish Columbia
Jean Zeibakcoal portsNo new thermal coal ports!Lions BayBritish Columbia
JoAnne Lambertno direct loading coalThis is not the time to add stress to BC waterways. A minor spill at any point along the Fraser River puts a vulnerable eco-system in grave danger. We should be pulling away from coal use and it's transportation and move to innovation and a clean fuel economy.GibsonsBritish Columbia
Marion BedingfieldWe deserve a say!!!Each Province has a right to decide how the resources are to be dealt with and how that industry is developed and have control over the preservation of natural renewable resources such that they are not jeopardized by non renewable industry. Our vote and say counts because it is our province and we have to live here!VictoriaBritish Columbia
Mark HodgeDo not act against the local citizens!When the locals say NO, listen to them and act accordingly.VancouverBritish Columbia
Angel DesjarlaisJust don't do it!I just moved back to New West after 10 years - my fiancé and I just bought our first home there. The last thing I want is everything covered on coal dust. Please reconsider your options and stick with Texada.New WestminsterBritish Columbia
robert roffelcoal through VancouverBy allowing huge quantities of coal to be shipped through the Fraser River and Vancouver, you will make this beautiful area a coal be smudged industrial wasteland. Even the greedy Americans won't stoop to that! What does that say about your duty to the Canadian public?? Just that you can't or won't do your civic duty to protect our beautiful country... Shame on you if you let that happen!!! We won't forget you....chilliwackBritish Columbia
marty carothersStop the coal portOur environment cannot handle anymore tapering with, It does not matter about jobs if we are all dead. Look for clean solutions. Stop the craziness now.squamish bcBritish Columbia
Paola FrancescuttoRegarding Coal Export ProposalsTo Port Metro Vancouver Representatives,
I am opposed to the proposals regarding exports of coal that are presently before the Port Authority. There must be meaningful consultation with all of the people who may be affected by these plans to export coal . As citizens of British Columbia, we have a right to be part of the decision as any gain or damage will directly affect us and future generations. The Port must address the health and environmental impact of the proposal to load coal ships on the Fraser as well as the impact of sending the barges to Texada Island. I urge you to officially and fully identify publicly all the dangers implicit in the export of coal through our waters before coming to a final decision.

I thank you for your time and hope that you will put BC's future environmental health ahead of any relatively short-lived economic gain that such a proposal might bring to our province.
Forest GroveBritish Columbia
deb smithno more polutionPlease help save our planet from desaster thankssechelt bcBritish Columbia
deb smithno more polutionPlease help save our planet from desaster thankssechelt bcBritish Columbia
Eluned DaviesCoal exportif the majority of people in BC don't want this, why aren't you listening?VictoriaBritish Columbia
Jonilyn GreenNot Acceptable-I deserve a right to democracyDear Robin Silvester and Federal Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt,

I am writing to you both to express my displeasure of this project and terrible way the process is being handled by the Port and the government. It's very clear that the health a welfare of the people who live in the surrounding area of the proposed site and along the transport routes will suffer a decline in their health, this has been evaluated and it's a no brainer that it will happen to us if this project goes ahead. A majority of countries have woken up to the reality of the unsustainable fossil fuel industry and are instead investing in cleaner and greener technology yet we here in Canada are hanging on for dear life to something that in the long term will be the catalyst for the irrevocable destabilization of the atmosphere. Did you not read the reports of the Doctors who have said this is not a good idea? Do you not care about the people who will be adversely affected by breathing in coal dust? What if it was your elderly mother and father? Or your new baby or your grandchild? What if THEY lived nearby? What would you say to them if they asked you 'Did you approve this? Why?'
I'm writing this letter because I am opposed to this project and when my grandchildren ask me in the future if I did all I could to help preserve this planet for them, I can answer with a resounding YES.
BurnabyBritish Columbia
Lyn Cromptoncoal dustIt is now beyond scientific question that coal dust results in serious health concerns. What could matter more than our health. Certainly not our wealth! Stop planning to bring coal ships onto the Fraser River that has a most important salmon fishery that would be adversely affected by this facility.LangleyBritish Columbia
Robert ThomsonMy health and coal don't mixMy health is more importent than you shiping coal from the Surrey the surrey docks.I live across from the docks in question and already see plums of dust coming from the holds of ships. I have
C.O.P.D. AND HAVE TROUBLE BREATHING NOW what is it going to be like
with coal dust in the air? Please give this another thought. My vote in the election will be influenced by your choice!
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Shaun MaguireCoal port via Fraser River and TexadaAn independent inquiry into the health and environmental risks associated with the proposed coal port by Fraser Surrey Docks is imperative in keeping an open, democratic process of corporate and industrial evaluation alive in this province. Such a process is sadly dwindling within our once great nation. Hopefully someone recognizes this before it's too late. Thank you for your time.VancouverBritish Columbia
Gordie MalleryCoal portDon't do it !!!!!Lund b cBritish Columbia
Gordie MalleryCoal portDon't do it !!!!!Lund b cBritish Columbia
Ruth BrowneFraser River coal portNo......just no.BurnabyBritish Columbia
Sally FreemanCoal ExportI am very concerned about the impacts of coal exports..t BC deserves a say.victoriaBritish Columbia
Brian Moylancoal portPublic consultation will avoid future cost and legal action you'd think.VancouverBritish Columbia
Bruce BrandhorstFraser Surrey Docks expansionI am concerned that Surrey Fraser Docks is trying to sneak large coal ships in along with coal barges to its coal loading site in the Fraser River. I do not believe the proposal to use barges was subjected to a proper assessment of health or environmental risks. Moreover, the proposed increase in shipping activity would come at a time when other approved or under-review proposals (e.g., the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion) would greatly increase the shipping activity in the Port of Vancouver and the surrounding ocean. Increases in boat traffic increase the probability of accidents.
A proper review of this proposal would consider the cumulative impacts of this increase in shipping activity and would include public hearings and scientific review of the health and environmental risks undertaken by a qualified third party, not consultants hired by the proponent. Without a proper review that assesses the risks I am p opposed to the entire proposal to export American thermal coal from docks on the Fraser River.
Port MoodyBritish Columbia
Justin BrayshawDisapprove of Coal ProposalDespite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:

-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

Before this project is pushed through in the name of the almighty dollar, stop and consider the effect this will have on the people that do not benefit from this project financially.

If the gains made are solely for those earning profits on this deal, and at the detriment of the local population, then it should be shown that there will be no negative long term effects for those not profiting.

If factual studies are shown to have a negative impact on local populations, then this project should be denied.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Hilton EangKeep The System Democratic!Just the sheer notion of a system that ignores the people it's supposed to be working for is a horrible idea! And when it comes to a subject as unstable and potentially damaging as oil and pipelines to ignore the voices of the people would be a terrible mistake and a failure on the government's part to keep our cities and environment safe.VancouverBritish Columbia
Roger CavénCoal Export ProposalBC should have the final say on the coal export proposals.
US should be able to arrange their own coal shipments.
BurnabyBritish Columbia
Diane ArcherThe use of coal pollutes the air and land. Just visit many communities I. china where they can hardly breathe due to severe pollution. Why are we transporting/ selling this product? If a resource has serious health consequences, why promote its usage?The use of some resources creates an unhealthy environment for humans and other residents of our planet. Not worthy of our promoting/ producing or transporting such products. Give your heads a shake!Surrey, B.C.British Columbia
Paul FriesenCoal shipments to Texada IslandSending shipping barges and ships full of coal to Texasa Island is both unnecessary and environmentally irresponsible. Let's build a better, more sustainable future for our young ones. Let's make decisions they will be proud of.Alert Bay, BCBritish Columbia
Jill BatyShipping in BC WatersThis Determination to push through legislation for more shipping in our BC waters. against not only the will of the majority of Canadian residents , But against all sence of reality We have already had a spill within the last year to shoe the reality of what can happen. Our waters are already too crowded. This project will greatly affect the residents in this area with the pollution of Coal dust. Texada Island is also a Tourist attraction which will be totally ruined.West VancouverBritish Columbia
caren browncoal portits a very bad thing. i know you do too. please do the right thing. for our future peoples. make the government tell the real truth about renewal energy. thanks from mine and your grandchildren.port albernieBritish Columbia
Edwin OchmanekDemocracyIt is inexcusable that the voices and health of British Columbians are being compromised in the name of greed.

In spite of the evidence that this project is NOT in the interest of British Columbians, Port Metro Vancouver is pushing forward with its proposal.

There has been no public health assessment, no assessment of the impacts along the proposed barge route and no input in consideration of the public in permit decisions.

Furthermore, it has now been show that burning coal in Asia is creating mercury pollution here at home. This underlines the lasting negative effects of such short term projects.

As Canadian citizens, we are responsible to protect the environment and patrimony of Canada so that future generations can have as goos as or better quality of life than we do. Port Metro Vancouver is obliged to take this responsibility into account.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Evelyn GrantCoal Port coming
The environmental impace of this coal port on the area will be huge. There is no way to transport coal with out loss, and coal dust. It is a Canadian issue. will affect all living in the area. As a Canadian and a British Colombian, I feel we have the right to have a voice in this risky fossil fuel project, and not have it slid in under the table...shame on you!
VancouverBritish Columbia
Coleen Davis-StantonCoal portsNo coal ports for Vancouver!!!! There is a reason this city is still beautiful - don't ruin it.West VancouverBritish Columbia
Linda BrownCoal ExportsStop with the fossil fuels. We need clean energy here, and world wide. The climate is changing. Look around you. Look at the forest fires in this province. It's only the beginning. We need clean air, clean water, and clean food. Set an example in BC, for Canada, and for the world.KelownaBritish Columbia
Dona Grace-CampbellNO coal port!No new thermal coal ports to be built in BC. An increase in just 2*C makes for an unlivable planet, and we are headed for 5* with the current trajectory. NO MORE coal, it's the worse of the carbon emitters. All fossil fuels must stay in the ground.

Have mercy on the children!
KasloBritish Columbia
Shannon Reidcoal export proposalsThe Fraser River is too ecologically sensitive to have giant coal barges loading right on the Fraser River.SurreyBritish Columbia
Cheryl ThomasOrdinary People deserve a say over Coal Export ProposalsWhy is it that the ordinary person has no say to the future development of BC's resources? Please answer!!!!Clearwater, BCBritish Columbia
Eleanor HolwerdaCOAL - Really!???Stop and think about what you are considering. This is Canada and as a democracy we need more input into decisions that change the way we live. Stop the insanity - do we really want all this coal in our harbours!VictoriaBritish Columbia
Jackie JonesNo More CoalNo more coal, period.KamloopsBritish Columbia
Wm. Cackettecoali hope a new govt. will hold u accountable
for treason & attaches on democracy that
strike terror into the harts of all true Canadians.
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Nola Landuccipublic hearing on any new coal portWe deserve a say
Coal train coal train rinning down the track Coal train
Bis
Leave a carbon footprint on my baby's back
DuncanBritish Columbia
Donovan UmphreyCoal PortBad Idea!!!!!

Only takes one bad day to ruin our Beautiful British Columbia coastline.

We the people will NEVER see enough money from this deal.

NO OIL, NO COAL, NO WAY!!!!!
VictoriaBritish Columbia
William PetersonAmerican coal out of B.C. port off fraser surreyGreetings

Stop treating Canada as a third World country, keep dirty and unhealthy Cargo's from our Ports in populated areas .
Let the Americans handle the health hazard coal after all it is theirs not ours.
it is time Governments listen to its people and not big money, this country has become and I quote ( Let Joey do It
the stupid kid at School!)
DeltaBritish Columbia
Caleb McKayTerrible IdeaI demanding a democratic process and credible impact assessment for coal export proposals. Leave our coast alone, no coal and no oil!LadysmithBritish Columbia
Sally AJ AbrahamCoal Export proposalsThis is a n unacceptable idea to export Coal. I join many others who do not agree with this idea to export more of our natural resources!Roberts Creek BCBritish Columbia
Alexandra CuteanSay no to the portPlease keep this out of BC! We should be working towards regaining our reputation as an environmentally progressive province and country, not challenging the US to a race to the bottom.VancouverBritish Columbia
Adam WanczuraCoal and DemocracyI demand a democratic process and credible impact assessment for coal export proposals. BC residents do not want to be steam-rollered by industry into accepting a bad choice for us and our environment.SaanichtonBritish Columbia
Toby DunbarLet's Destroy the Entire Planet:WHAT A DISGRACE!KasloBritish Columbia
David Derbowkathe sunset industryProtecting kinder Morgan is not the way to protect your job. Want a happy life? Loose the kinder Morgan bullshit. Enough already.ArmstrongBritish Columbia
Brian BradshawCoal ExportsYou have not considered the environmental risks.
This proposal needs review by an independepent panel.
The US has rejected this proposal; why should we take it on.
Fossil fuels add to global warming.
LadysmithBritish Columbia
Chris ArmstrongProposed Fraser River coal shipments.Both Port Metro Vancouver and Fraser Surrey Docks are a disgrace to our democracy and to humanity. Their failure to disclose the extremely well documented (in the U.S.), horribly adverse impacts of ultra fine coal dust on human life/health is nothing less than criminal. Low grade Wyoming coal is infinitely more dangerous to human health than southeast BC's hard, high grade metallurgical coal. Why do you suppose West Coast U.S. ports refuse to ship Wyoming soft coal? How stupid can we BCers be?LadnerBritish Columbia
Kate Grace FriesonBC residents deserve a say over coal export proposalsPlease do not continue with your poor governance practice over coal export proposals. Independent environmental impact assessments are the international norm. Why isn't the Port Authority and Fed gov't agencies using this gold standard ? Are we citizens, marine life, river and ocean life not at all important in such a major decision? I am a Univ lecturer, United Nations consultant, mother, and community member. In all these roles, I beseech you to reconsider your approach to your current decision-making model. Adopt inclusiveness and transparency as your ethical guideposts. It will be better for all of us.

Please heed this message. Dialogue is important.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Robert IrwinNo coal to be shipped from near Vancouver.Renewable energy is the route to go not fossil fuels.CourtenayBritish Columbia
Susan TaylorCoal Exportthere is no need to build a coal exporting facility in BC . It neither needed nor desired.

In fact - quite the opposite.

Thank you for reading this.
CourtenayBritish Columbia
Patricia FairleyThermal Coal Port, VancouverBecause no public hearings have been arranged before granting a permit to Fraser Surrey Docks to allow loading of giant coal ships in Metro Vancouver and in view of no democratic enquiry into the impact assessment I strongly object to the proposal now before Port Metro Vancouver.Comox,B.C.British Columbia
mitch williamsMy first enviro letter everI have never wrote a letter to oppose a project as I am in favor of resource extraction and the export of it. I am also in favor of the export of metallurgical coal. The problem with this project is that it is for thermal coal. We are going to contribute to making the dirtiest form of energy more economical. BC and Canada is trying to develop an LNG industry yet we are accommodating a competitor/technology that provides very little economic benefit to Canada. I am no tree hugger but this project seems like a regressive project for BC both economically and environmentally.port moodyBritish Columbia
GAry PrebbleNo coal port portsI utterly oppose this madness of a coal port to Asia's unsustainable population nightmare.port alberniBritish Columbia
ERIC GrassickCoal exportsConsultation among all affected parties is absolutely necessaryKelownaBritish Columbia
Baoliang WantNo new coal portNo more new coal port in beDeltaBritish Columbia
Dana Millerre: BC Export terminal for coalI do not support new thermal coal ports being built in BC. These proposals to directly load coal ships on the Fraser and send barges of coal to Texada Island are too risky!
Port Metro Vancouver must address that there has been no health impact assessment. There must be assessments of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island. There has been no consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects. It is a concern that there have been no public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions.
A shift is occurring away from fossil fuels for valid reasons. The risks need to be weighed heavily. This project is hazardous to the health of the community, the environment, the global climate and BC wildlife.
The Port authority must consider the public's strong opposition, concerns from local governments, health authorities, businesses, unions and community groups.
AbbotsfordBritish Columbia
Gaye Gardinershipping of low grade coal in Vancouverplease say no just like Washington State did.
They did the research and it was a resounding No to dirty coal. How many ways can we say it Carcinagenic dust, the most polluting coal on the planet. Wake up because after you build the infrastructure the buyers will walk to use their own cleaner systems for industry and need less power because they aren't interested in polluting to sell us goods we don't need .
Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia
katherine mullerNew Coal PortI'm writing in regard to the proposed new coal port. I am opposed to this because of these reasons:

- 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
SecheltBritish Columbia
Gregory WestCitizens deserve a say in Coal export!Decision Makers,

The people of BC deserve a say in what goes through the Port of Metro Vancouver. It potentially has direct effects on our health and our lives. There has been *no* health impact assessment; this is unacceptable. Sending public comments directly to the proponent will *ensure* they will *not* be considered. Why would they? I urge you to please consider the people of BC, your neighbours, in this process. Local people, local communities, local governments, and health authorities have all expressed *fierce opposition* to this proposal. Please do what is right.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Esther Muirheadcoal portLeave the coal in the ground. Climate change demands we stop using fossil fuels.Denman IslandBritish Columbia
MALCOLM GILLISNO COAL PORT AT FRASER SURREY DOCKSDear Sir/Madam:

It is truly outrageous to have a coal port in the middle of a city and have giant freighters moving up the Fraser to load up on coal. It is outrageous to have American coal trains crossing the Canadian border with American coal to ship from Canada when American states will not allow it. The Canadian Federal Government must step up and say to the American company that Canadians have spoken and do not want American coal shipped from Canada. Thank you.
NEW WESTMINSTERBritish Columbia
Andrea CarpenterSTOP COAL EXPORTAs a longtime resident of BC, i am, respectfully
Requesting the reconsideration of shipping
Coal from the port on Fraser River.
Further to this...why the hell are we selling all our
NATURAL RESOURCES to foreign investors?

This is outrageous and needs to be halted NOW.
CastlegarBritish Columbia
Corey BurgerCoal exports tarnish Canada's reputationYour illadivised attempt to export more coal will destroy the environment and tarnish Canada's reputation. The only question is how much damage is done. Thermal coal shouldn't be shipped, it shouldn't be mined and BC certainly should be involved with it.VictoriaBritish Columbia
David ManskeWe need a different energy sourceIt's time to take the people seriously and consider diferent alternatives is power resouse, enight of this gready corporation draining our natural resources and jeopardizing our land and water, please do the right thing for the people the environment and the other living creatures we share the space with . thank you David ManskeVANCOUVERBritish Columbia
Diane McLarenNo New Coal PortIt is immoral for us to enable the transport of this filthy fossil fuel when
we all know climate change is real! Please do not sell us out for the almighty
dollar!
North SaanichBritish Columbia
William MyersFraser Surrey coal portWe don't need anymore coal dust and world pollution from coal.BurnabyBritish Columbia
Brent SwainCoal referendumI think lower mainland residents should have the option of a referendum on coal exports, before any coal loading docks are imposed on them. Fortunately the value of coal worldwide is dropping rapidly , approaching the point where it is not economically feasible to rely on coal exports. Why should we be saddled with an out of date energy export business, when the writing is co clearly on the wall for coalRoyston BCBritish Columbia
Vanessa Lanteigneno new thermal coal ports.We need to protect the planet and ourselves by not burning coal. It's not the process, or security measures it is just that we cannot send coal out to be burned.VictoriaBritish Columbia
James KwokCoal Export ProposalWe do not need your generous proposal... keep it in your city..do not bother us..CoquitlamBritish Columbia
P. Gail ArmitageCoal Port DecisionThermal coal is one of the more significant sources of C02 emissions. The world is increasingly moving away from fossil fuels towards sustainable energy sources.
It is important, therefore, that any new proposal for shipping coal through Vancouver must undergo a thorough review, which needs to include the impact of the cargo on world C02 emissions, a health impact study, the cumulative impact of significant increases in shipping traffic on our waterways and marine wildlife, and open public hearings to ensure the voices of local citizens directly impacted by the proposal are heard and taken into consideration in a meaningful way.
SOOKEBritish Columbia
Eric BlumenscheinNo new coal portNo new coal port. Not progressive to the changing world conditionsvictoriaBritish Columbia
Nita Vallilleeplease dont!The citizens of BC don't want this!ChilliwackBritish Columbia
Hilary AvisCoal on the FraserI feel that the democratic process(including all parties affected)has not been followed in the decision to load coal on the Fraser.Please stop now and keep democracy alive.Qualicum BeachBritish Columbia
Catherine JackmanRisky Coal Export ProposalsI as a B.C resident am totally against this project of directly loading giant coal ships here on the Fraser River and sending barges of coal to Texada Island. Why has the port refused to address the risks and not involving the public for input in permit decisions.

Again its all about money and big business and nothing to do with our health, climate and future.
KEREMEOSBritish Columbia
Elise RyanStop Coal Export PropsalsThe Fraser Valley should not be occupied by coal exports. It should stay clean and beautiful. We don't need coal exportation in this valley.KimgsboroPEI
Sonia MarinoFossil fuel exportsHeed the call for meaningful public input and evidence based decision making. Any new coal port(s) could and likely will eventually result in irreversible damage to our entire ecosystem!North VancouverBritish Columbia
Quentin BowmanAre we trying to destroy our home?Seriously, we need to put the brakes on this kind of 'in your face' destruction of the only home we have! Coal is antiquated technology that is supposed to be being phased out of our energy systems. Instead we're developing new ways to use it up not to mention extracting some of the dirtyest crude oil this planet has seen. I know it's cheap and easy to produce that crap and that's why it's so attractive to some. Instead of always going for record profits why not spend some of that blood money on some new technology energy production. The people of this Country are tired of being ignored. Let's stop destroying our home.VancouverBritish Columbia
Coralie WoodleyNo to coalI am very concerned about the air quality in New Westminster and believe that opening up Surrey Fraser Docks to coal exports will exacerbate the problem. I also think that by refusing to ship American coal from our ports we are contributing to the movement against climate change.

I have been to community meetings and signed petitions but no one appears to be listening!
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Mel GaleProposed Coal PortTo The Port of Vancouver and The Federal Minister of Transport

Please add my name to the list of the thousands of British Columbians who strongly object to the construction of a coal handling facility on our west coast to handle dirty US thermal coal. Why should we suffer the the extreme polution that would come from this? If they will not build a facility in their own country because the effects are so undesirable, it defies credibility why we should build it for them in our country.

This proposal tells me that some kind of underhanded deal has been made and once again Canadians will get the shaft.

Stop it now!
Gray CreekBritish Columbia
Sonia MassaroCoal portHow is this any different than pipeline expansion(which many local area residents already oppose)?VancouverBritish Columbia
Kirti WhiteCoal export proposalPlease stop the environmental risk of loading giant coal ships right on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver, and sending barges of coal to Texada Island. The risk far outweighs the cost saved in using these areas to load coal ships. Thank you for listening to mine and others request.VancouverBritish Columbia
Jeff SavageClimate changeThe fossil fuel is killing life on earth as we know it.VancouverBritish Columbia
Kate WalkerNo coal portPlease make a decision on BC coal ports (any and all of them) that takes us in the direction away from export of fossil fuels.
We want to be part of the solution to the global climate crisis, not the shame of the world. We can't put this off any longer.
VancouverBritish Columbia
louise reidfossil fuelI was born in Vancouver and through my life time I have seen many changes. some good and some bad!!!! I do not think that by loading ships in the Fraser River, one that is overloaded now is sure death to everything that needs the system to survive. That of course does not mean more pollution from tankers sewage which is pumped into the river at numerous sites, all of the mills, chemical plants. So I say NO to more hazardous activity. I really don't care what is going on in China or anywhere else!!!!!! Why do we have to kill our surrounding for other countries that have already killed their enviroment. Please take into consideration our life qualityAshcroftBritish Columbia
Tamiko Suzukicoal export proposalWith most of the developed world phasing out of coal use and the US ports refusing to ship coal out, why is the Port and Federal Government building new coal ports? This ignores Climate Change, health risks to the people of BC, increased tanker traffic and when combined with other traffic means increased risk of collision/spills/harm to marine life. Now to top it off, there is proposed the destruction of areas of the Fraser River. For coal! This is a blatant cash grab that puts too much of BC at risk.VancouverBritish Columbia
Elvin letchfordCoal Exportswe the public demand that we be heard. No more export of coal from BC.saltspring islandBritish Columbia
su castleNo New Coal PortDespite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:
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
victoriaBritish Columbia
Lee OliphantOpposed to coal portLet us focus on clean energy as opposed to dirty energy!New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Mike GildersleeveFraser Surrey coal port proposal I am writing you to express my steadfast and unequivocal opposition to this proposal to approve Fraser Surrey Docks to be a major coal port for US thermal coal. I have also expressed my concerns about the previously stated plan to load this coal onto barges and ship them to Texada Island and then from there onto deep sea ships.
In my view the decision making process for this proposal is entirely unacceptable.I am very concerned that already back in August 2014, Port Metro approved a permit for Fraser Surrey Docks despite overwhelming public opposition and concern from local governments, business unions, health authorities and community groups.
After two years of delay, we have yet to see a health impact assessment undertaken and there has yet to be a credible impact assessment completed. In addition we are still in need of public hearings and a meaningful process of allowing for public input.It is essential in my view that Port Metro be held accountable and be responsive to the many concerns expressed by communities likely to be impacted by this risky coal export proposal.
MissionBritish Columbia
Jana RonnePublic needs to be able to have input on purposed coal exportsTo whomever this is concerned:

I am concerned that despite this proposal being 2 years old, there still has been no public hearing or any meaningful consideration of public input.
There has also been no Health Impact assessment and no assessment on the impacts of the coal barge traffic to Texada Island.
Cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects also need to be studied.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Leslie StanickCoal port is a disasterI strongly oppose the construction of a new coal port, or enlargement of the current one. Coal is a toxic substance: smoke is highly polluting, adding to CO2 levels, smog, and dangerous particulate in the air which causes severe health issues. Coal dust acidifies water, and pollutes our rivers, lakes, marshes and oceans. I urge you to stop the coal port. The Health Authority has already deemed is dangerous to our health and the health of our environment, and other species. Tankers carrying coal to Texada Island and beyond are causing more pollution from fuel being burned, coal dust spreading through air and water, and increasing tanker traffic harming fisheries and whale breeding areas. Just say NO to COAL! It is an archaic, dirty fuel that pollutes extensively. We need to lower carbon emissions...support green technologies now!RichmondBritish Columbia
Rol FieldwalkerNo New Thermal Coal Port in BCAny proposals of private industry that threaten the waterways and air and environmental systems, health, and long term stability of the public domain must submit to environmental impact, health, and risk assessments by recognized and unbiased experts reporting to the public and authorities having jurisdiction, prior to any permits for implementation can be submitted by private parties.
The use of thermal coal is obsolete.
BurnabyBritish Columbia
Martin TesslerAre you nuts?It is 2015 not 1815. We do not need Coal we need advanced Nuclear. Every other large country is heading in that direction, why are banging rocks like cave people.VancouverBritish Columbia
Dianne GrehanStop the madness!Add my name to the long list of British Columbians that treasure our ocean, waterways and fresh air. Short term gain should not trump environmental devastation.SurreyBritish Columbia
Dianne GrehanStop the madness!Add my name to the long list of British Columbians that treasure our ocean, waterways and fresh air. Short term gain should not trump environmental devastation.SurreyBritish Columbia
Mary MathesonCoal Export ProposalsGovernment BC must have a say over coal export proposals. We must plan to end reliance on fossil fuels. We want to allow our children a future without a climate nightmare.VancouverBritish Columbia
lesley thomsonno new coal portI am against the shipping of any coal from the west coast of BC. Our waters are precious. The Fraser River? Texada Island? Seriously! Please go back to the drawing boards and allow for open, credible - and public- consultation on this extremely important issue (coal exporting).VancouverBritish Columbia
Elizabeth IrelandDue process for coal export proposalMy greatest concern going into the coming election is the lack and loss of due process for domacracy to be a truth in our country! This is a huge breach of trust and the sustainable future our children and all that inhabit these lands need full consideration.Qualicum BeachBritish Columbia
laurent wieseNew Coal PortThis e-mail to tell our total opposition to the new Metro Vancouver Coal Port. If our elected politicians consider the proposition to build a new Coal Dock then it is like a criminal act as the democratic decision making process has not been followed.

There has been no Health impact assessment

There has been zero assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island

There has been no consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects

There has been no public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions

Do we live in a totalitarian regime today????

Election day is close and we certainly will only vote for a representative who listen to the people.
garden bayBritish Columbia
Taissia Gloukhova-SinclairCoal?It is time to get off the fossil fuels and invest into developing clean sustainable energy. There is future there. There is no future in fossil fuels, just more distraction to our planet. So, No, we do not want our tax money invested in a projects to export coal. We want to see it invested in sustainable, clean energy. Technologies are already there and have been for at least a hundred years. It is time. This is what we want. This is what makes sense.
Sincerely,
Taissia Gloukhova-Sinclair, a mother of two and an Early Childhood Educator
NanaimoBritish Columbia
Harald & Nina Tilgner & SchaubsCoal shippingFraser Surrey Docks, Port Metro Vancouver CEO Robin Silvester and Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt

It has come to my attention, that Washington and Oregon refused to have coal shipped to their coasts to be exported to overseas countries for the purpose of burning it. I applaud these States, because they obviously realize the impact of this endeavor and decided it is not worth to expose their citizens to this activity.
Why would you people think you are smarter? Hmm?
Why should coal shipments from out of country to out of country be allowed at all?

It would behoove you to reconsider your ill advised proposal and cancel all permits.
Chilliwack, B.C.British Columbia
jan steeninsanity of the uninformedI can not fathom the bullheaded approach by those of you still entertaining shipping coal from within our straight. Can you not modernize your thinking and acknowledge this is an asinine pursuit? Please, enter the 21st Century, and turn your attention towards renewable energies and help our ailing planet recover from the past 100 years of overindulgence and putrefication. Coal and oil do not belong in a modern world.vancouver islandBritish Columbia
Michelle StruikNO to the Coal Port in New WestWhy are you promoting global warming by selling more coal to ASIA? It is well known to everyone on the planet that the air quality in China is horrible!

I live down wind from this proposal and honestly I DO NOT WANT IT THERE! Also how dare you try and slip this past the voting public! STOP IT NOW .. I DO NOT WANT IT and you can't make me take it !
Port CoquitlamBritish Columbia
R Stuartrisky fossil fuel export projectsThermal coal ports are hazardous to my health, the global climate and the future of my community.
Limiting the export of coal is crucial.
Limiting exposure of current exporting to local Metro Vancouver communities is crucial.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Norine WarkBC deserves a say over coal exportNo one - including the media - was allowed to electronically record the "public" consultations for the proposed Site C hydroelectric dam. The government servants paid to run these consultations told bald-faced lies to the public attending these meetings. Scientists who actually conducted research on the existing and proposed dams stood up and challenged those lies with hard proof. Academics also challenged lies about the need for energy, financial figures, etc. The government contracted employees paid to keep "official" record during these consultations spent more time whispering and giggling to each other than taking notes. Then, when the "synthesis" of these notes were finally published, the notes in no way reflected the actual content of these "public" meetings. When people wrote letters to correct the misleading notes, the letters were ignored. No changes were ever made to correct the outrageous lies published as "official notes."

The proposed coal shipping facility is being run in a similar, if not even worse, manner. Corruption is the name of day. The Port Authority is known to be run by leaders who put foreign industry interests before the health, safety and well-being of Canadians. What a joke.

Question is, how much longer will Canadians continue to tolerate this form of abuse before we finally demand and employ democracy in our country again?
Dawson CreekBritish Columbia
Heather Parsonsno risky fossil fuel exportsI am deeply concerned about the Kinder Morgan proposal to load coal on the Fraser River and send coal barges to Texada Island. There are major gaps in the assessement process such as:
-A Health Impact Assessment
-An assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island
-Any consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple ports, both current and future ones
-No public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Anita Kladia Robertsdottir-LewisNew Coal Port at Fraser Surrey DocksI have followed the discussion about he proposed coal terminal on-line and am appalled by the way in which legitimate concerns have been left unanswered.
Any community possibly affected by grave environmental consequences to new developments like ports and pipe lines ought to be heard. It is, after all, their environment that they strive to protect for their descendants - and for all of us!
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Stephanie von DehnNo new coal exporting portsPlease do not allow any new coal ports to be built in BC.
Not only is the coal and its dust harmful to the health of people living in BC, but even more importantly, Canada needs to REDUCE its carbon emissions, not increase carson emissions by helping ship coal for export around the world. Coal is among the dirtiest fossil fuels and should remain in the ground, not shipped overseas.
There needs to be a full health impact assessment done with public input that factors in how much harm and climate damage this coal will cause if we let it be shipped to market..
VancouverBritish Columbia
Ron van der EerdenEnabling addiction to coal.We all know that the days of coal are over and our drought conditions this year should be a wake up call that dishes out a taste of climate change to come.

The fossil industries and those who pretend to need them are not much different than drug addicts. We can't stop cold turkey but we can and must stop buying or selling more supply.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Jolanda BienzNowClimate change is here. NOW is the time to stop living in the last century with fossil fuels.VancouverBritish Columbia
Les BendoNo New Coal PortI think it's time that Government, step back and look at what is happening. Why would you allow a highly toxic coal port be established in the middle of a the lower mainland population of over 1.5 million people. Makes no sense.!RichmondBritish Columbia
Paul McIsaacNo to a coal and oil based economyTurning Canada's West Coast into a conduit for fossil fuels is wrong in so many ways, not the least of which is the damage to our environment.
Throughout history, the end of resource industries generally signaled the beginning of a newer and more highly technical economy. Here we are flogging the dangerous and archaic sources of oil and coal because our plans for alternatives were ill-conceived and poorly executed. You do not correct one mistake by making another. That is just common sense.
Powell River, BCBritish Columbia
Rita EustergerlingNO COAL ExportsI am surprised that we are shipping coal at all as if the pollution stays in China.

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
North VancouverBritish Columbia
D RutgersDon't move backwards!99% of this decision is bad, negatively impactful in so many ways, removes so much of the progress we've all made, and sets the stage for disasters on colossal scales. Oh, but, yeah, there is that 1% good which is lining the pockets of the 1% who don't have to bear any of the risks or negatives of this project.

Please don't allow this project to go ahead. It no way shape or form is it beneficial for the majority. It is only monumentally risky, polluting, ugly in the extreme, and a gigantic step backwards.
VancouverBritish Columbia
harry nicholsfair environmental reviews pleasei believe that proper environmental and health effects reviews should be conducted PRIOR to any approval of such reckless endeavours.nanaimoBritish Columbia
Nancy Lane MacgregorNo to Coasl ExportsAnother proposal without adequate environmental, health and public discussion: coal export from Vancouver.
Coal is hazardous to our environment, to humans in it's mining, transport and burning. Now is the time to stop and consult before more harm is done. NO to a new port to export US thermal coal to coal-burning power plants in Asia.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
gail saivile-thomponcoal exportswould like a saywhite rockBritish Columbia
malcolm pearceyPort Metro Vancouver... Coal PortRe: Coal Port

Despite unprecedented public outcry and demands from health authorities and local communities for comprehensive, independent impact assessments,the port authority allowed the company making the proposal to conduct the public outreach, environmental studies and health analysis before approving a permit for the proposal a year ago.

Now the Federal Port Authority is absolving itself of it's responsibility by directing citizens to send their comments of concern over the proposed amendment to load ships with coal right on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver, directly to the proponent.

What's wrong with this picture... well I thought I was living in Canada, not China. I thought I was living in a country where the national government stands up for all it's citizens.

Unfortunately in this case as in many other similar cases our current federal government demonstrates once again its failure or utter inability to distinguish between people's interest and corporate interests.

- No independent 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

Disgraceful !

I suppose we're all supposed to take the authorities word that they have got it right, that we're all safe and sound and can with confidence tell our children and our grandchildren that everything is all right... the authorities are looking out for us.

I believe that the best interpreter of ones thoughts are ones behaviour. Sad that the Port Authorities behaviour tells me not to trust them, hence believe them.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Mary Jane Mooredemocratic right to be consulted on port expansionThe residents of Delta want a say in the expansion of coal ports and trains in Delta and Vancouver. There needs to be ongoing public discussion and referendums on expansions.DeltaBritish Columbia
KRISZTINA BOULTBEEDemocracy???I don't think money in corporate giants pockets is better than our kids' future/taking care of our environment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WE HAVE TO THINK OF THE FUTURE AND HOW WE MAKE AN INPACT ON IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LISTEN TO PEOPLE AND DON'T MAKE MISTAKES AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE CAN'T AFFORD THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
VancouverBritish Columbia
ARLENE LSay 'NO!!!' to US Coal Sludge in Canadian Sewer Systems!This is an outright THEFT being perpetrated on all life that depends on the care of our precious & IRREPLACABLE water & land resources here in BC, not only for those currently living, but for the coming generations. To move ahead with the current plans is to show obvious DISRESPECT & DISREGARD for the very People, Land & all Living Creatures that depend upon these resources. To move ahead with these plans sends a message that BIG BUSINESS truly has NO INTENTION TO SERVE the land, people, communities or country it is part of ... A SELFISH, SELF-SERVING AGENDA IS ITS ONLY RULE OF LAW. To act as if this agenda is the 'best' way is to deliberately ignore any potential better 'good' that might have had an opportunity to become.PENTICTONBritish Columbia
Dianne MurrayStop interfering with the processLook around the province and beyond--it is on fire--if a community is not being threatened by fires, then the temperatures are higher than normal. Our new norm must include reducing our use of fossil fuels. We should not be selling coal, never mind loading it on one of our most important salmon-bearing rivers.

Listen to the community and their concerns. We supposedly live in a democracy where the people should be part of the decision-making process. When the process is weighted in favour of pushing through an agenda that has failed to listen to the people in the affected community, then it is no longer a democratic process.
North VancouverBritish Columbia
Maiken de VilliersCoal export proposalsTo load US thermal coal in the heart of Vancouver on the fresh water Fraser river does not make good sense. Firstly taking this dirty coal from the US when Washington and Oregon wisely said no was the first bad idea. Loading on the Fraser is the second bad idea. Sending it off to China so that the polution from the burning of it can come back to us on the wind currents is the third bad idea. BC doesn't need this for it's economy to prosper. Stop it nowSurreyBritish Columbia
cathy woodas a citizen of bc i say listen to me.Things need to be said and heard from the citizens of bc. We have future generations that need to know we had foresight to think about how the outcomes could effect them .it's not all about you it's all about us .so let's all sit talk and listen .thank youlangley b.cBritish Columbia
Amber GriffinNo new Coal Port Please!Please think of less hazardous ways to make your millions!~SurreyBritish Columbia
brennan Baileyno coal in my cityI want my air to remain at the barely breathable conditions that aready are atSurreyBritish Columbia
Sylvia KinzieB.C. Deserves A Say Over Coal ExportCoal is dirty and deadly and hauling it all over the country spilling it into shorelines and rivers is a foolish act.SurreyBritish Columbia
sandy lAmerican Wannabesfull ecoterrorists!!new westBritish Columbia
Dena NicholbyLet's be Leaders in Climate ChangeBritish Columbia and Canada have an important opportunity to lead the way in clean technology and get off fossil fuels. Why would we be supporting any dirty coal activity in this province? Why would we want to send coal to China and beyond and continue to pollute the earth?
Reconsider what you are promoting and dig deeper into re-newables not fossils.
Halfmoon Bay,British Columbia
Robin StaceWe deserve a say!Choices should not be made arbitrarily, especially in what is supposed to be a democracy.VancouverBritish Columbia
Marina Hough-MartinPlease Listen and Learn from the PastTo Whom it May Concern,
As a mother of three of BC's finest citizens, and, an intelligent woman, I cannot accept that you are steam rolling through due process and planning harm to our community. It is unconscionable that you have:
1) No Health Impact Assessment
2) Zero assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island
3) No consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects
4) No public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions

Please rectify this immediately.
NanaimoBritish Columbia
Eva SvenssonCoal WasteDon't build a thermal coal port at Fraser Surrey DocksVictoriaBritish Columbia
wes kmetNo, to the Fraser Surrey Export ProjectI am saying a strong no to the risky fossil fuel project for the Fraser surrey Docks. Proper assessment and consultation has to be done. I will be following this issue closely.KelownaBritish Columbia
Janis FordNo to Coal Export ProposalsI don't agree with the proposal and woul like my name added to the list of people in opposition.BowserBritish Columbia
Justine FafardNo to coal- hear your conscience!I'm writing to express my absolute opposition to any port expansion to accommodate increasing coal exports.

It is absolutely backward and frankly barbaric thinking to believe that our continued use and export of fossil fuels is acceptable in this day and age. The consensus among the scientific community leaves no doubt that we must cease using fossi fuels if we expect to slow climate change. Canada should be setting an example and building a green energy sector to be ahead of the game.

And I must ask, what do you tell your kids and grandkids when they ask you how they are to survive when climate change and pollution make their future unliveable?
DeltaBritish Columbia
Svetlana FloerckeNo to Coal Export ProposalI do not agree to building a new port on the Fraser Surrey docks to export US thermal coal to coal-burning power plants in Asia.cherryvilleBritish Columbia
Ann PaceyCoal Export Proposals - Local RightsLocal residents and governments have a right to understand the health and economic impacts that might affect them.
There are significant gaps in the permitting process including:
- 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.

This is not a democratic process and this should be rectified immediately.
Kind regards
VancouverBritish Columbia
Alison TaplayPlease don't ship coal to TexadaI am writing to encourage you to rethink the Fraser Surrey Docks proposal. The environmental risks involved with loading coal ships in the Fraser River and then baring them to Texada Island appear very high and the gains for BC citizens very low! A large part of our diet includes fish and shellfish from coastal waters. This sea life is at risk with the proposal. I am also concerned about the health of citizens breathing coal dust.

If this proposal is to be considered a FULL environmental review is necessary.

Thank you for your consideration! Please save our coast! Alison
Powell RiverBritish Columbia
Shaun ClarkBC residents deserve a say in plans that affect our waterwaysAs a global society we are moving away from the two dirtiest sources of energy that we have been forced to rely on for too long.

Economically and ethically it is a bad decision to continue investing in a dieing way of producing energy. Please use common sense and do what you know is right.
StrathmoreAlberta
Kelly ThomsonNo to Coal at the FSDAs a Fraser Surrey Docks neighbour there are no words to express how strongly I oppose the creation of a new coal port at the FSD.

The air pollution from unloading coal in train cars and loading that coal onto ships and / or barges poses a significant health concern.

The noise and light pollution from the added train traffic and coal operations will make the area unlivable for the people living within miles of the FSD.

For these reasons Westshore Terminals are located at Roberts Bank, miles away from any residential development. - that is not the case with the Fraser Surrey Docks who have homes within feet, not miles, of their location.

Ports from California to Washington state have refused to ship this USA produced thermal coal for good reason so why is FSD getting involved?

If the FSD need to increase their port traffic they do so with containers not coal.
SurreyBritish Columbia
Merrick AndersonStop shipping thermal coal to ChinaDear PMV Directors, UBC scientists have shown that the burning of coal for power in China directly contributes to the acidification of our local ocean, due to the effluent being carried in the jetstream and deposited in the E. Pacific. Shipping coal from Vancouver to China is so counter productive to our muli-million dollar fishing industries that it should not be permitted from the Port of Vancouver! Please vote accordingly!Lasqueti Is.British Columbia
Larry DillNo coal port, pleaseCoal is a dirty fuel! Don't ship it through our ports, please.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Cara HWe won't allow new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C.Despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:

- 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

The port is fundamentally biased towards industry: in August 2014 it granted Fraser Surrey Docks a project permit despite unprecedented public opposition and concern from local governments, health authorities, businesses, unions and community groups.
Maple RidgeBritish Columbia
rand davisThermal Coal Port in VancouverI insist of meaningful public hearings and environmental assessment before any proposal to proceed on development of increased coal shipments in the lower mainland.KimberleyBritish Columbia
Bruce Lemire-ElmoreFraser Surrey Docks Coal Port proposalThe proposal to build a new coal shipping facility for US thermal coal is a favorable proposal only when one's view is narrowed to short term financial gain for the port and the companies shipping the coal. The long term effects are all negative: 1) abetting the growth of the most polluting method of energy production, accelerating global climate change at precisely the time when reducing global warming is most important. 2) risking public health from the inevitable spread of coal dust in the vicinity of the coal transfer facilities, 3) risking marine accidents by the cumulative increase of oil, gas, and coal tankers and cargo ships in the Georgia and Juan de Fuca Straits.

The decision of the Port to ignore critical issues by proceeding with:
- 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,

gives evidence that the Port is failing to act responsibly as a public authority. It has all the appearances of being in the pockets of the industries whose use of the waterways it is supposed to regulate.

Until credible impact studies are done --including the increase in BC's carbon footprint by facilitating the use of coal for energy production, and including the opportunity for the public to give their input to an independent review board--this project should not be given any green light to proceed.

The Port Metro Vancouver must not favour private gain over the public good, but must weigh all the pros and cons. And it must demand legislation to allow it to act in a responsible manner, rather than proceeding with a process stripped of the legal tools it needs to act responsibly.
Sooke, BCBritish Columbia
Brenda BernhardtNo New Coal PortNo burning of coal.
No coal ports.
Go green and sustainable so we can keep living on this beautiful planet.
Do not build a coal port in BC or anywhere else!!!!!
Mesachie LakeBritish Columbia
Mary KerrNo New Coal PortTo whom it may concern,

I am a resident of the Corporation of Delta and I strongly object to the proposed plan to directly load coal onto the ships at the Fraser Docks. The health risk that this poses to the residents in the area is extremely concerning. We have not paid to purchase land and live in a sought out area only to have not only our lungs caked in coal dust, but our houses, vehicles and plants as well. You have not consulted with the residents in the area when deciding on allowing coal to be transported. Fossil fuels are the way of the past, and should not be a part of our future. How can you make an unilateral decision that has so many repercussions and heath risks to the public? We will not take this lying down, and expect that this decision be overturned by the Health Authority of BC. As a tax paying resident of BC I expect that ALL due diligence with the Health Authority is done by the Port Authority and Fraser Docks prior to accepting this proposal. It should not be left for the Port or the Fraser Docks to accept this proposal, and should be taken to a public vote. Our voices should be heard before acceptance.
North DeltaBritish Columbia
Linda LucierThe citizens of BC Desesrves a Say Over Coal Export ProposalsI am very concerned about this proposal for environmental reasons. To date there has been no Health Impact Assessment, zero assessment of the impact along the proposed bare route to Texada Island, plus there seems to be no consideration of the impact of shipping traffic on the region. I demand a public hearing or some other means for the public to have meaningful input regarding permit decisions.VancouverBritish Columbia
Judy O'LearyCoal exports from VancouverPlease do not approve the loading of US or any other coal in metro Vancouver for export. We should not be encouraging the use of coal anywhere in the world. This is akin to Canada's previous support for asbestos export. Climate change is too serious to ignore. As well, this is not a suitable activity for a city and local people are opposed to this.NelsonBritish Columbia
Giselle RuemkeCoal Port PlanI am writing to share my views that the thermal coal ports are a foolish idea. There hasn't been adequate assessment done and public input has not been factored in, and many other considerations have not been looked at.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Karen LindsaySay no to coal dust in the valleyThis is a filthy business, and we don't need it. Let's be innovators and put our time, money and creativity into developing alternate forms of energy rather than enabling this extremely dirty coal to be shipped from American sources to China. We need to protect the Fraser and Texada from drifting clouds of coal dust, and China's air is already unbreathable and shouldn't be burning any more of the stuff.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Robin RuffNo new coal portI firmly oppose the (lack of fair) process and concept of building any infrastructure that supports fossil fuel consumption. Along BC's coast.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Michael WallCoal shipments from VanncouverAre you people not aware of the fact that even the Governor of the Bank of England agrees that to avoid global temperature change of more than 2 degrees C, coal is going to have to stay in the ground??? Why are you even considering shippin more through Vancouver when US states have forbidden it? Get serious about climate change!Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia
Veronica DelormeNo new coal portThink long term, not short term. Keep future alive for your grandchildren,
Not the hungry corporations.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Courtney ZehanovizWe, the people of BC, deserve a sayThe conservative government has mistakenly given those who are responsible for environmental decisions the idea that only a few individuals are required to know about how those decisions are being made. This lack of information and secrecy parading as "privacy" is unacceptable. As a Canadian I am frankly outraged about the recent government regulations and developments, and as a human being with rights I am disgusted by the environmental decisions being made on my behalf without my say. Grow up and take some responsibility for being environmentally accountable so that I can live on a healthy planet. It's my right and I refuse to have it stolen away from me under the cover of shadows as it has been in my lifetime, especially under the reign of the evil Stephen Harper.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Doug GreenBC deserves a say over Coal export proposalsHello,

As a resident of BC, I have every right to demand a democratic process and credible impact assessment for coal export proposals.

So far this is lacking.

Environmental reviews and impact assessments should be conducted by independent third parties!
North SaanichBritish Columbia
Michael BaxterCoal PortDo not build or expand any facilities aimed at the transportation of coal or other fossil fuels. The vast preponderance of scientific opinion says that we cannot continue to burn coal because of its health effects and its environmental effects. Both of these effects will incur cost and damage to the economy that will more that eclipse any money added to the economy by producing coal. Therefore anything that encourages or facilitates the use of coal is working against the interests of the community and the country.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Linda FoxNO to coalyou seem hell bent on destroying us all Port Metro Vancouver. we dont want a coal portNew WestminsterBritish Columbia
Debbie LongleyNo coal in VancouverDear Mr. Silvester and Ms. Raitt,

Please do not allow coal to be shipped through Vancouver. This is a large urban centre with a vision to be a green, clean city. We don't want coal here. Please respect the people of Vancouver and the people of BC. This isn't what we want.

We need to be focusing on clean renewable sources of energy and reduction of energy use.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Alicia GarayCitizens who pay taxes to maintain U deserves to have a sayGood afternoon gentlemen and ladies, if there is any.
There is so much steamrolling you can do before peoples become really vocal and militant or the environmental impact of your activity start becoming evident.
Either way, history is showing that these type of activities is costing too much to living beings in particulart and the planet in general.

You can silence the ones who oppose for a time but not for ever.

We always can do things better if we are willing to our critics.

It should be mandatory for all your managers to read The Prince by Machiavelli.

I hope and wish you incorporate our voices to your business review process.

Stop, re-evaluate and then proceed.

Thank you
A concerned citizen
Alicia Garay
CalgaryAlberta
Kurtis PetersCoal ExportsNow is a time that our world needs many heroes who will stand up for clean energy and against coal and other fossil fuel expansion, whether it is in Canada or anywhere else in this world. Give BC the voice it deserves in such a crucial decision.VancouverBritish Columbia
Beth AustinNo New Coal PortDear Lisa,

As a BC resident, I feel it is important to approach transport of any coal/oil on the ocean in and around our fragile coastline with a democratic process. Credible impact assessment for coal export proposals is a must when we are potentially impacting our waters.
NelsonBritish Columbia
Donna DalgleishProposed coal portPlease consider long and hard of the decision you are about to make. This decision will not only affect us but the generations to come, we can't, in good faith, leave this earth in poorer condition than we received it.Savona BCBritish Columbia
John GoudswardNo to shipments of US coalI am 72 years old having lived in Surrey all my life. I am totally opposed to shipping coal from the Fraser Surrey Docks. This is a risky operation for our local community and many citizens of BC are very concerned about shipping this product through our coastal waterways.SurreyBritish Columbia
Nancy AdamsNon safe transport of coal oil and any other toxic crapHere we are 2015 and what we know about coal and we are still using it?! So it's got to be at the expense of the environment and every living thing put in dire consequences because the primary purpose as always The Money. This is not the Canada I once knew, and it breaks my heart and many others like the whole Country. The only people who bennifit are those in the business it helps no one else! Plus, all the illness that goes along with it! Why can't we use renewable resources like sun and wind why? I deserve to have a say too! You are all MADD it's just scary science you practice with no concern for any life just Money! I'm so against all of it we already have a better way with way more jobs available for all! Isn't it about the people what we want not what you want us to want.... 💔Nancy Adams Cowichan LakeLake CowichanBritish Columbia
John LibsonNo New Coal PortI am sending this e-mail to voice my opposition to the proposed expansion of the shipping docks to ship more coal to Asia. The increased traffic and larger carbon footprint alone are enough to make this project an environmental disaster. Yet clearly the decision will be made only on its financial merits as the Port Metro Vancouver will not:
Provide a Health Impact Assessment
Zero assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island
The committee also has no consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects. There are no public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions, therefore the impact on the community including First Nations treaty rights. Please reconsider your position and at least look at the impact of the process.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Paul HeronAbsolutely UnacceptableIt's amazing that in an age with so much scientific research showing the impacts that our reliance on non-sustainable resources has and will have on future generations, we continue to allow proposals like this to be agreed to. As a developed nation, we have a responsibility to mitigate climate change and support development of sustainable energy in developing nations and not encourage and support their reliance on coal energy. The irresponsibility of this potential decision shocks me. It's certainly matters like this that will determine my vote in the upcoming election.VancouverBritish Columbia
C. WeinstockCoal exportsCitizens deserve a say in the coal exports from our BC ports.VancouverBritish Columbia
Uta von Naumburgno coal portWe don't want a coal port, and I believe we don't need one either.

The US can ship their own coal, with all the environmental dangers, we don't want it from our country.
We as the people in this country need to have a say in this issue!!
Cranbrook, BCBritish Columbia
Chris HowertonCoalLook, thermal coal is about the WORST thing we can do to the environment. Shipping it elsewhere to burn does NOT absolve Canada of responsibility, because the entire world shares the same atmosphere.

For my granddaughter's sake: stop this. And if you have children of your own -- which I'm sure you do -- do it for their sake.

If your argument is that "it's good for the economy", make this simple realization: if we make Earth uninhabitable for billions of people, we have no economy anyway.
LangleyBritish Columbia
Gayle ArnoldDirty energyBC's people want to divest from fossil fuels, not get locked up into more contracts for years.

The industrial revolution changed human's impact on the earth- we can't pretend that we don't know the consequences anymore. Pollution of rivers contaminates the oceans, and fish which we eat. Salmon are already struggling as it is- we don't need to give them any more challenges to simply survive.

I am tired of my government IGNORING what it's citizen's, environmentalist groups, and first nations people want.

I know this letter won't change anything, but maybe hundreds of thousands of letters like this will.
coquitlamBritish Columbia
NIgel PielothCoal - Time is UpNo to Coal.
Time to end fossil fuel extraction. Climate change is here which is fuelled largely by dirty fossil fuel consumption.
Time to invest in Clean Technologies and a reduction in power consumption.
Time to end political and corporate greed.
Coal (and Oil) Extraction, your time is up.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
gabi harpercoal export proposalsI am opposed to anymore /increase in coal exports. I have lived in Ladner for many years and am tired of all these major projects, ie increase in coal exports, 3rd berth, etc being crammed down my throat with no actual thought given to the community. A lot of lip service but as a community we get increased traffic, increased pollution, very slow progress on the ship to shore hook up, the on ramp from the connector to the 99DeltaBritish Columbia
Iain RossNo American Coal should be shipped from Canadian portsI live in New Westminster, across the river from the proposed coal port and do not want dirty American coal destroying the environment where I live. Dirty American coal is a fuel that should no longer be permitted to be used period. If the Americans insist on shipping this coal it should be shipped from American ports. My family and my neighbours don't want to risk destroying the largest salmon by shipping it down the Fraser river. Why is it that no American port wants to ship it???New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Johanna New MoonCoal PortsNo way!! There's many ways to keep our economy healthy and thriving, and building coal ports and focussing on old techology--yes, fossiil fuels are OLD! technologies!!--and shipping our raw materials to other countries is just plain foolish!!
The people of this amazing country deserve a democratic voice in our future.
And I say NO! to coal export proposals!!
Mill BayBritish Columbia
Josef KuhnFossel fuel industry expansion.This industry must be downscaled not developed further. If growth in this industry continues ecological and economic disaster is insured for our children and grandchildren. This is not opinion, it is fact!SurreyBritish Columbia
Laurie Rollandthermal coal portsWe need to get off fossil fuels not lock in to keep exporting the stuff.SecheltBritish Columbia
Terry LawrenceNo coal port expansionWe are already inundated with long coal trains and don't want more. With global warming from CO2 and methane driving disastrous and possibly fatal changes in the biosphere, we must reduce the use of fossil fuels, especially coal, and switch to renewable solar, hydro electric, and geo-thermal energy sources as quickly as possible. This proposal goes in the wrong direction.SurreyBritish Columbia
Martine LafontaineCoal exports in BCNobody wants to be involved with coalnin BC; it is a dirty, highly energivore resource to extracg and pollutes so much when burned, it is really unbelievable that we are still using coal as an energh source in the 21st century. NO COAL, especially not if it is imported from China where basic human rights and safety laws at work for
Miners are completely disregarded and not applied.
WhistlerBritish Columbia
Mark DaltonCoal export via Fraser Surrey DocksYou are hitching your wagon to a dying horse. Coal is recognized as the dirtiest source of energy and the most environmentally unfriendly. Its use is being reduced and that will only continue. Don't waste you time and money expanding the port for a product with no future. And of course they are the local health and environmental impacts that still must be evaluated which in themselves would likely rule out this expansion. Is that why you are avoiding these issues?SurreyBritish Columbia
zig rederscoal portI am vehemently opposed to the coal port being proposed for the Fraser River and metro Vancouver. It is too great an environmental risk as well as being a contributor to global warming. Coal burning should be aggressively phased out.sookeBritish Columbia
PATRICIA HIRSCHARE YOU CRAZY?!!WHO ARE YOU UNELECTED PEOPLE, AND WHY DO YOU IGNORE THE CITIZENS OF B.C, WHO ABSOLUTELY DO NOT WANT THESE HAZARDOUS, AND CLIMATE ALTERING INDUSTRIES ON OUR PRISTINE COAST AND CITIES. HOW ARROGANT OF YOU TO SHOW SUCH DISREGARD AND CONTEMPT FOR OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURES WITH THESE BACKWARD THINKING AND REGRESSIVE DECISIONS. WHO ARE YOU ANYWAY?!!!VictoriaBritish Columbia
Winfried ZacherlPort Metro VancouverThe Port Metro Vancouver authority is a perfect example of this governments' awful environmental and undemocratic record. Local citizens are dead-set against making Vancouver and the Lower Mainland into an ever greater environmental health hazard.
To you who make these reprehensible decisions I say: Shame on you.
North Vancouver, BCBritish Columbia
Brenda BrownBC Deserves a say!No steamrolling allowed. We really are citizens of this country not slaves and deserve, as such, to be listened to. I know that is an unnatural way of seeing things for your group, but I hold hope in the fact that most of you are parents/grandparents and want the best for your families future.SlocanBritish Columbia
Tim LandonNo coal in the FraserBritish Columbians will not allow risky fossil fuel export projects to be rammed down our throats. Furthermore, we don't just roll over and allow big industries and their friends in the federal government to bully their way through our province. The Fraser River is the lifeblood of our beautiful province and many depend on this fishery for their livelihoods. This proposed coal export port makes about as much sense as Enbridge's Northern Gateway - NONE!!
Since the port authority has refused to conduct a health impact assessment, refused to assess impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island, given no consideration of cumulative impacts of shipping traffic and given NO meaningful consideration of the public's input, then WE THE PEOPLE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA REFUSE TO ALLOW THIS PROJECT!!!
QuesnelBritish Columbia
Ira RowlandsOpposed to the coal expansion in Port Metro VancouverHello,
As a resident in close proximity to the coal export facility in Port Metro Vancouver I am strongly opposed to any expansion of this facility as well as any new facility on the Fraser Surrey docks. From first hand experience I find the noise far exceeding what I would consider a comfortable level. In addition I find the coal dust irritating to my respiratory system as well as a nuisance to my living environment. Thank you for your consideration.
Ira Rowlands.
North VancouverBritish Columbia
Ed GoodineFraser Surrey docks, coal export proposalHow about a health impact assessment?
How about an ecological assessment?
What about public hearings?
VancouverBritish Columbia
Carl RodgersonSafety for VancouveritesJust as Solar Energy as well as Wind Energy are proving more than capable of supplying us with the amount of Energy we require some of the politicians involved in catering to the Fossil Fuel Cartel are posing a threat to everyone on the West Coast and indeed the World. Please don't allow Coal to pass through our port for the sake of the future of the next up and coming generation. Dump Coal if you care anything at all for your own children.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Corinne HockingNo to expansion of the Coal Port projectI am completely opposed to building a new shipping facility for U.S. thermal coal and I am angry that you have not listened to the local people's concerns regarding this project. Now you are proposing to load coal ships right on the Fraser river, making this project even worse. The risk to the health of residents and the environment clearly outweigh any economic benefit made by B.C. I expect our government as well Fraser Docks and Port Metro Vancouver to say no to this change and be responsible members of our community.DeltaBritish Columbia
blaine dunawaytreason!!your actions are treasonous if you continue to completely ignore the public THERE WILL BEB CONSEQUENCES!!!CumberlandBritish Columbia
Jan EricksonCoal Exports in BCI would like to see a Health Impact study regarding this expansion.

I would like to see this overseen by the National Energy Board, and not Kinder Morgan.

I would like to see some public hearings to see what the public's view of this is.

I believe that this is not in the best interest of our citizens to only look at the financial benefits and ignore the environmental and health impacts.

More studying needs to be done by our government, and not by the company that would most benefit by this change.
SurreyBritish Columbia
Barry LortonPublic inputDecisions by our public officials should represent what the public want, not decisions made by companies with shareholders, few of whom live in the communities affected.NanaimoBritish Columbia
MICHAEL SALMONTotal disregard of public opinionYour proposals are in total disregard of public opinion, undemocratic and a disaster for the environment. Hopefully, for the sake of this beautiful country, that will be reflected in the upcoming federal election result.North VancouverBritish Columbia
Beatrice Streetercoal port on Fraser RiverAre you Crazy? Aside from the fact that coal dust is toxic and a health threat to a large adjacent population , why would you want to invest that kind of money in a commodity that is phasing out of use world wide?SurreyBritish Columbia
Sarah KesselringNo new thermal coal portsA for-profit organization should not be responsible for determining the health and environmental benefits of a project, the government should be doing that. A company is responsible to its shareholders and not the communities in which they reside. Ms. Raitt, please do the right thing and allow meaningful public consultation on this project and take into account the health of individuals and the ecosystem where this new port would be located.VancouverBritish Columbia
Robert DurrantCoal Portstop the madness please. Do what is right for humans and the air we all breath. The weasels that started this insanity have enough money...greedy...self entitled asses all them. I'm tired of having to fight for clean air and clean water...there is no confidence that the untouchable, unaccountable, deceitful Port authority will ever do anything more than what the corrupt Harper regime wants for their corporate masters. NO COAL PORT!!!!!North VancouverBritish Columbia
Olivia Williamspeople should have a say in Coal ExportsFraser Surrey Docks a project permit despite unprecedented public opposition and concern from local governments, health authorities, businesses, unions and community groups. That's unacceptable.
Kinder Morgan shpuld be taking citizen letters of comment instead of the National Energy Board. That's also unacceptable.
loading giant coal ships right on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver, AND sending barges of coal to Texada Island is unacceptable.
Despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:

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
This is unacceptable.
The port authority is run by unelected leaders hell bent on promoting trade and industrial growth with virtually no accountability to the communities where it operates. This is unacceptable.
SurreyBritish Columbia
Ashley ConradWe the people tell you what we want, not the other way around.We are sick and tired of your arrogance on issues that effect all of us. We do not want an energy complex of any kind in BC. The catastrophe in Alberta is shameful and an outrage. It is clear the parties in government have no idea or clue how to develop a sustainable and responsible industry of any kind. Stop all matters related to energy development in British Columbia right now.WhistlerBritish Columbia
Peter BallinCoal transfer and shippingWhat's worth more: profits now or a rich and healthy future? Both may not be possible if we continue to compromise the atmosphere and risk disruption of our marine ecosystems.VancouverBritish Columbia
Julia HansenWe say No to Fraser Surrey Docks Coal PortsI am a long-time resident of the Vancouver Lower Mainland, and I am writing to inform you of my opposition to the proposed Fraser Surrey Docks thermal coal project. I have several concerns regarding this project.

First, I am deeply concerned about the environmental impacts of this project, both locally and globally. Coal is the dirtiest of fossil fuels, and as we face the reality of global climate change, I am opposed to the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure, especially coal, as this allows for further contributions to greenhouse gas emissions. If cities in the Lower Mainland and BC want to uphold commitments to reduce greenhouse gases, we must recognize the hypocrisy in allowing the expansion of export facilities for coal, a major contributor to greenhouse gases. I am also concerned about the local environmental impacts of this project, as well as the health impacts on residents in the affected area. It concerns me that there has been no Health Impact assessment for this project.

I am also deeply concerned by the lack of democratic process in the proposal process. There has been a real lack of citizen engagement, with no public hearings or real consideration of input by those directly affected by this project. Citizens living in this area are those most likely to be affected by the negative impacts to health, the environment, and on other industries, such as tourism, however these citizens have had no opportunity to make their voices heard. Citizen groups, health officials, businesses and unions have all expressed their opposition to this project, however their concerns continue to be disregarded.

For these reasons, I am deeply opposed to the proposed thermal coal ports at Fraser Surrey Docks. I urge you to listen to the people, hear their concerns, respect their rights, and make the right choice to stop this project.
North VancouverBritish Columbia
Heidi woodsFairnessI am confused as I thought that Canada was a democratic country where you have a fair and transparent process. I am sick and tired of government officials and companies putting money and profits before the health of our enviorment and communities. Enough alreadydeltaBritish Columbia
Klaus Horkyproposed Surrey coal portDear Madame/Sir,

I live on Gabriola Island. We, Gabriolians, just protested about five proposed anchoRAGES buoys to be installed on the north eastern shoreline.
Therefore by extension I, a commercial pilot, would like to be counted as an opposer of a Surrey coal port. As per plan of the B.C. Port authorities, it would be ocean going coal ships that would pollute our shorelines. Then we would have to deal with all the coal dust that causes more health problems for our kids and and wild animals alike!
Gabriola Island, B. C.British Columbia
r mcoalwe will not allow risky fossil fuel export projects to be forced upon ussurreyBritish Columbia
Robin MacNairno coal portLetting Fraser Surrey Docks decide what is best for Metro Vancouver as well as the Strait of Georgia is like asking the fox to look after the chickens. How ridiculous!Gabriola IslandBritish Columbia
Clayton McCannDemocratic Process for Coal Decisions!Enough is enough! Consult the people of BC, submit to democratic processes and public scrutiny of the decision-making processes or get the f__k out of BC!!!!! This greed and environmental destruction will not stand!Quadra IslandBritish Columbia
Maureen DawsonCoal PortsIt is time we started focusing on and developing cleaner alternatives to all fossil fuels. We have the knowledge and now we need the will. Please stop the madness of adding to global warming.VancouverBritish Columbia
Sally FisherFossil fuelI have to say I am totally shocked by the lack of transparency and the games our governments federally and provincially play in the name of creating a better Canada and British Columbia. Why do most. politicians keep their heads buried in the sand when it comes to the devastating effects of fossil fuels on our environment and health? Why would we agree to ship American thermal coal to Asia when the Americans won't? Why are our federal and B.C. Governments not forward thinking in terms of alternative energy sources? Why do they not care about the world our children are going to inherit? Stop the expansion of anything that supports exporting coal and oil ie.... creating new anchorages for freighters and the building of new docks.VancouverBritish Columbia
Jenette MacArthurNo New Coal PortWe won't allow new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C.

Fraser Surrey Docks first proposed to build a new shipping facility for U.S. thermal coal in 2012 so they could barge coal to Texada Island to be loaded onto oceangoing vessels bound for Asia. Now the company has changed plans to make the project even worse: they want to directly load giant coal ships right on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver, AND send barges of coal to Texada Island.

Port Metro Vancouver (the federal port authority) will decide whether to allow this change. Unfortunately, instead of learning from its past mistakes, the port has made the decision-making process even less democratic than before and wants the public to send their comments directly to the proponent. That would be like Kinder Morgan taking citizen letters of comment instead of the National Energy Board!

Despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:
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.
Port CoquitlamBritish Columbia
Hans TerlingencoalI object to the proposed new shipping facilities for coal by Fraser Surrey Docks.
Surely, this is a matter that should be decided in a democratic manner
UclueletBritish Columbia
Mary ShawNO MORE RESOURCE EXPORTSWhy ship our raw resources to other countries for them to manufacture stuff there and send them back here for us to buy? What kind of stupidity is that? What a waste of fuel! When Lester B. Pearson was Prime Minister, we owned all our raw resources and nearly all our own manufacturing companies. Now, we ship those resources out raw, with minimal Canadian workers' being involved, and we don't manufacture much anymore--but we did it the best (well, second best. Germany was usually better at it. Europe used to train their workers better). Now, we have unemployment far more than what our idiot governments are willing to admit to, Our raw logs, ore, etc., are going abroad to foreign pulp mills, etc., while our mills and manufacturing operations are closed and our people are under-employed and underpaid. Free trade was and is a farce! These foreign manufacturers do not pay taxes here. Anybody who votes for the Cons EVER is a complete idiot, IMHO.Port AliceBritish Columbia
David BoldtFlawed decision processThe "process" set up to decide to allow this project has been flawed from day one. The "deck is stacked" to not allow a critical assessment of the impacts of this proposal in all areas of concern. The decision was made long ago to proceed & all critical input as been brushed aside in the name of "trade & industrial growth". As a B.C. resident I demand a more balanced & thorough review of this project that includes ALL the players who have a stake....not just the Federal gov't & industry.Creston, B.C.British Columbia
Elisa PittNo New Coal PortThe federal government of B.C. deserves a say over coal export proposals.Prince GeorgrBritish Columbia
Judith InceCoal export proposalsPort Metro Vancouver is ignoring many factors by allowing coal to be exported from the Fraser Surrey docks. These include the failure to:

1. conduct research about the impact of loading coal ships, as the movements of coal ships en route to Texada Island;
2. conduct research into the health effects that the coal will have on adjacent communities;
3. engage communities in meaningful consultation;
4. be transparent in decision making.

That Port Metro Vancouver encourages British Columbians to write letters to Kinder Morgan instead of to the NEB is slimy beyond belief. Great way to shut down voices, Mr. Silvester.
Vancouver, BCBritish Columbia
lisa mckinnonThink about today and tomorrowWe have this one chance to move forward, to phase out oil and gas energy sources, which is causing our precious planet to overheat, destroying, crops, forests, animals, and maybe humans too.

Be part of the change to make this a more dynamic, forward thinking world.
victoriaBritish Columbia
corwin foxno coal, no portokay, enough lip service to the idea of reducing greenhouse gasses. we know who profits from such schemes...coal is the old way and we don't need this port; the economy we need is one that is sustainable, and therefore the resources involved must be renewable....

NO COAL!
cumberlandBritish Columbia
Will RamageCoalThis has to bee the most ridiculous thing the port and the federal government have done to date. Coal port in the centre of a city. Give your head a shake.LangleyBritish Columbia
Jan ChristieCoal portCoal is OVER! Please do your best, and WHATEVER it takes, to preserve our precious planet for YOUR great grandchildren and their grandchildren. You know what you have to do! Bless you.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Jennifer BreakspearConcern about coal export proposals for BC coast and Fraser RiverHello
I am writing to express my grave concern about the proposals to load coal ships on the Fraser River and to send coal laden barges to Texada Island. Such action exposes the BC coast and Fraser River to huge risks as well as endangering the British Columbians, our environment, wildlife and our future. It is inconceivable to me that these proposals could be considered without the following assessments and considerations;
- Health Impact Assessment
- assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island
- consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects
- public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions

As a resident of Vancouver, one who enjoys the spending time in our beautiful wilderness and is proud of BC's natural beauty, I strongly urge you to consider all the implications of this proposal. Please consider the concerns of British Columbians.
Thank you.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Ian ChristieCoal portYou should be consulting the people who live in the area and that will be affected by carcinogenic coal dust. Please make this a fair process.Vancouver, bcBritish Columbia
Lois ThomsonEnvironment IntelligenceI would like to ask the Port Authority and government to use their intelligence over their corporate pressure, to actually listen to their conscious and the voices of the public. We speak out because it appears you have not yet heard us. Why is that? Because you choose not to. Coal is dead. The future of coal is dead. The earth is almost dead. And when you die, you are leaving without having done anything constructive with your intelligence. Listen up before it is too late. Be part of the solution. Be smarter.GibsonsBritish Columbia
Gnetahn JehmanStop the Fraser Docks ProposalI do not want these kind of vessels in MY waters. I am a resident and Citizen. I deserve fair representation and say. Your job is to serve the will of the people. The people have spoken. Do your work. Hire honest fair Assessment groups.
We deserve Public hearings.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Zachary Bataldencoal portThe public deserves to weigh in on the coal port. It would have a major impact on public assets and the environment.VancouverBritish Columbia
Holly BondyNo New Coal PortDemocracy definition: A system of government in which power is vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

In this case, the people who you claim to represent are asking that you do NOT approve a new shipping facility for U.S. thermal coal.

Despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:

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

Please act accordingly and represent the people of British Columbia, not the corporations who are asking for this dangerous shipping facility to be built.
CranbrookBritish Columbia
Maeve HiscockStop Coal Exports from Fraser Surrey DocksNo coal exports from Fraser Surrey Docks!New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Teresa PillottNo to the New Coal PortAs a citizen who lives in a small seaside community (Queen Charlotte, BC), I have major concerns regarding increases in traffic along any of our major rivers & oceans. The increased traffic has already lead to some notable spills, and most likely some less notable, that have been swept under the rug. Our government speaks of consultation, transparency and inclusion, but does nothing to demonstrate any of that. What kind of democracy is that? If we as citizens of our communities, our country, aren't represented and don't have a voice, what do we have left? We deserve to be heard, and what we're saying is we need comprehensive independent impacts assessment before the approval of any new projects, especially in regard to dangerous good, specifically fossil fuels & the exports thereof.

It boggles my mind that letters like this, and I'm sure many more more articulate & thorough, have to be made in order to make our government aware of their un-democratic actions. It's time to wake up and listen.
Queen CharlotteBritish Columbia
Elisa McLeodThis is unacceptable!As a resident of the Southern Gulf Islands, I would have expected that "my" government could and would take into consideration public opinion, since this is the government's job to carry out the wishes of the people. However, it seems that this idea of democracy is a joke to the federal government (and the federal port authority), and perhaps you should re-name "your" government to a Dictatorship to more accurately describe the system?Galiano IslandBritish Columbia
martin perrincoal portsdon't do itSurreyBritish Columbia
Sheryl FastCoal ExportDemocracy where is it? when people don't have a say! Isn't the Port of Vancouver taking a step back in time by having coal in its immediate port and shipping coal? I thought we were supposed to be getting more aware of our environment not less. Why can't we be the province that the world is talking about stepping forward and being THAT change that the world will notice!! that will spearhead the change. Let this be the Canadian "IDENTITY' we are so horribly lacking IN as Canadians! AMBASSADORS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT!Maple RidgeBritish Columbia
Rogan McmordieWTH do you think you're doing?After watching the Canadian federal government become one of the most reviled supporters of a hopeless race towards petro-state failure, I can't help but feel hopeless as a citizen watching my beautiful, green country become utterly entranced by dirty money. Providing transportation for the single biggest contributor to pollution in Asia, we further cement our legacy as mindless takers. Why export coal? Why not just burn it right here in beautiful BC and truly take responsibility for the environmental idiocy instead of just facilitating it on a massive scale?

Invest in something sustainable, for god's sake. Stop burning our future on this planet.
New westminsterBritish Columbia
Rene BallardBC coal portCoal ports cannot be allowed. The process leasing to approval is comprised. Shame.VictoriaBritish Columbia
raymond wallcoal loadingwill always be an issue as long as green house gasses exist and we should not be helping the rest of the world open more coal fired generating plants.New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Phyllis WebsterRE: new thermal coal portsThe loading of coal ships on the Fraser River so close to a large population is fraught with danger. I urge you to start a democratic process so that the citizens of BC can let you know how they feel. I want to hear from experts why or why not this would be a good plan for BC.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Dea LarryCoal LoadingThe people of Surrey do not want nor need the pollution generated by coal handling in the area for AMERICAN BENEFIT.N VanBritish Columbia
Melodie Suchy-TanconNo Coal Export Shipping in fragile BC watersI run a kayak company out of Denman Island and my concern is to protect our natural beauty and living organisms. Huge coal ships form Texada Island would negatively impact our fragile part of the coast. Please reconsider the potential hazards.Denman IslandBritish Columbia
Teresa CoburnCoal Exports in BCCoal is one of the hottest topics in the debate on climate change. Use of coal in industry is known to be dirty, and an extremely hazardous substance for human health and the health of the environment. As global citizens, British Columbians need to consider what is best for the future of our world, over immediate financial gain.
The people of BC definitely deserve to have a say in the production and the exportation of coal.
Sincerely,
Teresa C.
Victoria, BC
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Amanda ShintaniNo New Coal PortCoal is the dirtiest source of fuel. Don't allow coal ship right on the Fraser River!North VancouverBritish Columbia
Vincent Langno new coal portno new coal facilitiesSecheltBritish Columbia
Ian ArnoldNo coal on Fraser RiverTo whom it may concern,

I have recently read about your proposal to load ships with coal directly out of Vancouver. This is not only an ecologically unsound choice, but also a dangerous financial choice.
Over the past decade there have more and more people looking towards clean energy sources to power homes, cars, cities and vehicles. By allowing this port to ship coal, you not only encourage the continued use of this product to provide energy, but as fossil fuels become less and less common you risk being left scrambling to fill that space at your port. While coal continues to be a major source of energy for electricity generation in places such as Asia and Eastern Europe, more and more countries are calling for a less damaging method of providing electricity. Following a successful class-action law suit in the Netherlands where the people sued over the government's lack of action on the topic of climate change, and with similar suits now beginning in countries around the world, the call for clean energy and responsible management of fossil fuels has never been so high. I urge you, for the sake of not only the people who are living on this planet now, but for our children, and even for yourselves, even if you only do it out of fiscal sensibility, do not encourage the further use of coal by allowing it to be loaded on ships out of Vancouver. End this shame now by rejecting the proposal and doing the hard work to support clean energy.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Janet GreenStop exporting coalWe need to stop using fossil fuels and not encourage it by increasing the export through a new coal portDuncanBritish Columbia
Howard AbelCoal PortDear sirs/madams,
I am dismayed at the seeming fact that people in your positions of responsibility do not seem to appreciate or grasp the connection between coal projects, the CO2 that resource produces, and the warming atmosphere. I implore you to take some time to study this monumentally crucial issue, and then do the right thing and not support the use of this resource. The extremity of drought here, and the mega (over 100.00 hectares) forest fires burning from Mexico to Alaska are caused by such usage, as every unbiased scientist in the world has been continually stating.
North VancouverBritish Columbia
judy Gaudin-RieseUnadulterated arroganceI live in New West Quay and regularly see clouds of particulate rising into the air from the site I understand may soon be the transfer area of low grade coal (video proof)).

I continue to be surprised that the democratic processes that used to define Canada are being usurped by business interests. It appears the citizens of Washington State were heard, why not us?

Has our economic policy disintegrated to the extent that that PROFIT RULES REGARDLESS? Has our inadequate economic planning required our civil servants to stoop so low that projects rejected by other countries are heralded as successful initiatives??
Does Federal Government economic policy force our federal agencies to become VULTURES of the market place???

I am sad to reflect I no longer trust our 'leaders'(business or otherwise) to consider their responsibility to 'the greater good' rather than their 'monetary masters'.
Your consultation process is a mere 'FLAPPING OF WINGS'.
Mine is one small voice of many...but ultimately, RIGHT rather than MIGHT will prevail.
WhistlerBritish Columbia
Cole BarryNo U.S. THERMAL COALDespite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:

No Health Impact AssessmentZero assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada IslandNo consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projectsNo public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Irma Schasmin HarringtonBC deserves a sayNo new coal port. Giant tankers must not be approved. We deserve a clean and healthy environment as BC and Canadian citizens. This is not the future. Please reconsider for our people, our country and our planet. Let Canada show the way, not cling to old ideas from old school thinking. Progress need not be at the cost to all living creatures in this precious world we all inhabit.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Shiloh ConradNo new Coal portProper public consultationCampbell RiverBritish Columbia
Judy SnaydonNo new thermal coal ports PLEASE!Don't make BC an even bigger part of the global environmental crisis. Let's try to be more creative in the way we create jobs in this province by putting our energy behind green energy. No new thermal coal ports PLEASE!VancouverBritish Columbia
Robert WoodsworthFraser Surry Docks ApplicationDear Port Metro Vancouver

Please take this letter as notice that I strongly object to the decision making process that has led to Fraser Surrey Docks now applying to ship coal directly from the Fraser River.
In the face of overwhelming evidence regarding increasing CO2 levels and the clear impact of climate change on our everday lives, it defies logic for the GVRD and BC to provide the facilities to ship US coal that even the Pacific NW states themselves do not want to handle.
We need far-reaching stewardship of our resources, not short-sighted policies for financial gain.
Please reject this application.
Roberts CreekBritish Columbia
Anne LadouceurThermal Coal PortAs a resident of Metro Vancouver, I am expressing my opposition to the proposal to directly load giant coal ships on the Fraser River in the heart of Metro Vancouver.
Despite many requests. petitions, letters, etc. the Port Authority has still not addressed important issues raised by environment experts and Metro Vancouver residents such as:

- (A real and complete) Health Impact Assessment
- (A real and complete) Assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island
- Consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects
- Public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions.

Profits (money) today cannot make up for the costs (more money) to the port, BC taxpayers and the environment tomorrow.
Port MoodyBritish Columbia
Kaan MuncasterNo CoalPlease don't build any coal ports.
It's time to be bold and put a stop to global warming.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Bruce PassmoreCredible Impact Assessment NeededTo Whom It May Concern:

I am greatly concerned about the proposed changes to the Fraser Surrey Docks to accommodate an increase in thermal coal loading. I do not feel that communities are being genuinely involved and consulted. I ask for an independent impact assessment process to be put in place so that I can be assured that decisions are being made in a fair, credible and reliable manner.

I expect full assessments on:
- Health impacts;
- Environmental impacts; and
- Route decisions.

I also expect public consultation meetings that are run by government and an independent panel, not just industry representatives.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Whitney MoyerCoal and oil distribution from VancouverTo whom it may concern:
I object categorically to any increase, what so ever, of oil and/or coal from anywhere on the west coast of BC and, specifically the Port of Vancouver.
Thank you
Victoria, B.C.British Columbia
Jeremy PhelanPublic InputAs with any project of this magnitude, public participation in the process should be permitted!NelsonBritish Columbia
Brett RobinsonThink about your great grandkidsDear Prime Minister Harper,

Like an obese man super-sizing his fries and rink, you are suffering from a crippling case of short-term-ism. To avoid the catastrophic long term effects of climate change, Powder River basin coal must stay in the ground and not be shipped to Asia for burning.

British Columbia and the entire Pacific NorthWest will not become gateways to Asia Pacific fossil fuel consumption. We are taking a stand against coal and oil exports so that our great grand kids can live the life we've been lucky enough to experience.

In 100 years from, your kin will be looking up your body of work on some futuristic version of Ancestry.com. Do you really want your legacy on this world to be as dark as it currently is? There's always time to change that prognosis and that time is now with this project.

Thanks for your time,

Brett
VancouverBritish Columbia
Letissia PoloniaLet BC decide over coal exports

Our family don't agree with new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C.without impact studies. You have:

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.

This is a sham and you will be held accountable for this deception.
SookeBritish Columbia
Barbara ShumiatcherGiant coal ships on the Fraser? Barges in texadaPlease! Our forests are on fire. Our entire province is in danger. This is the time to make careful decisions and to eliminate dangerous practices.
To think that B C could become a desert - just because of our neglect of sustainable practices - it is NOT acceptable.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Christina GowerCoalPlease reconsider the passage of one of the worlds most destructive fuel sources through our land and seas.Port CoquitlamBritish Columbia
Mark ButchartLet BC decide over coal exports

Our family don't agree with new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C.without impact studies. You have:

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.

This is a sham and you will be held accountable for this deception.
SookeBritish Columbia
Bradley FultonCoal ExportPlease do not allow coal exports from Fraser Surrey docks and/or Texada island. Or at least allow public consultation of the matter. Coal is the dirties fossil fuel, and is causing a lot of harm wherever it's being burned for fuel. And it's the worst fuel for carbon emissions. Both China and the US have mandated cutbacks, so the business case may not be great either.

I also have a son, in-laws, and friends in North Delta, and don't want their health compromised by the coal dust from the loading operation.
Abbotsford BCBritish Columbia
Catherine MathesonRisking the lives and environment of BCYour plans are risking the land of BC and its population for short term "benefits" at the cost of the welfare of future generations of British Columbians and the environment.
The only people that benefit greatly (monetarily) are the big corporations and government "leaders".
Are you leading us toward destruction? Is that what you want your legacy to be?

Please reconsider before it is too late!
North VancouverBritish Columbia
Andrew LiddleCoal export proposalTo whom it may concern,

I am an ex-Marine Engineer who has experience working on coastal tankers, deep sea super tankers, and local Vancouver fuel barges and tugboats. I also hold a "Tanker Endorsement " certificate with Transport Canada.
I was born in Vancouver, I currently live in North Vancouver, and I work in North Vancouver. For my current job I travel across North America regularly visiting many cities and towns. Our city is arguably the most beautiful in North America and as a proud citizen I would like to keep it clean and beautiful. Knowing the dangers involved with operations of such a facility I would strongly suggest an alternative location for this project. Thank you for your consideration.
North VancouverBritish Columbia
Hilda DyckCoal PortNo Health Impact Assessment has been made, and it is important that this be done for the sake of preserving humanity and marine life.BurnabyBritish Columbia
Andrew HughesStop the coal portThe use of thermal in the far East is one of greatest contributors of green-house gases on the planet. No ethically principled person, group or corporation will ever support a coal port.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Donna AlstadNo New Thermal Coal Ports in BCAs a British Columbian I am very disturbed by the plan to load coal ships right on the Fraser River and send barges of coal to Texada Island.
This is a very bad idea, and even without the studies that should have been done it is obvious that we will pay dearly for this environmentally, with our own health, and in ways we may not have considered yet.
Listen to the people and stop this.
North VancouverBritish Columbia
Ena CassellsCoal PortThe people of British Columbia do not
want more Freighters on the Fraser River and given the weather pattern it is
inconsionable to be increasing the use of coal.
Delta, B. C.British Columbia
marilyn fergusoncoal portAn independent body is needed to objectively assess extracting and loading of coal.

However, I object strongly to the extraction and use of this product in any form and for any use--very damaging
victoriaBritish Columbia
Simon FarthingThermal coal portPlease stop expanding the fossil fuel
infrastructure. There is no future for us or our planet in it.
n. SaanichBritish Columbia
Phil ShortAnti Fossil fuel use by burningIt is time to get off of fossil fuels. Make alternate sources the new Moon Landing. It can be done and we will all be healthier for it!! Don't let the quick wealth for a few ruin the future of the majority.Fort St. JamesBritish Columbia
Bev LachTalk to us firstI want an open discussion about this before decisions are made😡North VancouverBritish Columbia
kevin macdonaldCall for a proper study and reviewPlease do your job and protect Canada and our citizens by ensuring the a thorough environmental study is completed by an independent company chosen by government and paid for by Kinder Morgan. This has the possibility to damage our very important ecosystem that we rely on for our health and for our economy. Tourism is a major industry in Vancouver and this could greatly impact the lives of all of the residents of Greater Vancouver. We demand more study and research before this project is approved.vancouverBritish Columbia
Kris von Schalburgthermal coal transportI do not want to see the Fraser River used to carry jet fuel, oil or thermal coal or any other hazardous materials. The risks and potential biological costs are just too high. Furthermore, the economic benefits of this project are just not strong enough to warrant the current proposal. Please reassess the loading and transport of thermal coal in Vancouver.RichmondBritish Columbia
D YoungB.C. deserves a say over coal export proposalsI am very concerned that British Columbians aren't getting a proper say about coal export proposals.

There has been no Health Impact Assessment, no 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, and no public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions.

We British Columbians deserve a say!
VancouverBritish Columbia
Judy BloomfieldProposed new coal portYou must be aware of the backlash by the public and local politicians to the Raven Coal Mine proposal in the Union Bay area of Vancouver Island. Coastal residents DO NOT WANT COAL COMING ACROSS OUR LAND OR THROUGH OUR WATERS. The fishery is in enough trouble with various runoffs. DECISIONS NEED TO BE BASED ON CLEAN AND RENEWABLE ENERGY. Sorry, but that is the way it has to be. The only reasonable solution is to divert investment to sustainable resource industries.CourtenayBritish Columbia
Jae RanschaertCoal PortHi
I am writing this on behalf of my 20 month old grandchild who has not quite mastered keyboarding skills. However, he would like a life with clean air. Please talk to the scientists, and actually think about the future, not yours the grandchildren of the world and then make a responsible decision regarding coal exporting.
Thank you
North SaanichBritish Columbia
peter mooreCoal PortNO WAYComoxBritish Columbia
C Llaneno new coal portThere needs to be a genuine and thoughtful process before any such decisions can be made. And, an environmental impact study needs to be done by a truly independent agency, as well as having the case stated by the companies/authorities involved and conservation groups.

The health of our ocean and waterways must be taken into proper consideration.

The true economy (including environmental disruption) of fossil fuels must also be taken into account.

Thank you for your time and consideration
VIctoriaBritish Columbia
Kevin HeidtNo New Coal PortNO THERMAL COAL PORTS IN B.C.kaledenBritish Columbia
Edward Hendersonno new coal portsWith respect, I do not trust the process undertaken to approve new coal ports in BC, nor the pipeline proposals - the governments involved are not operating as democratic governments should.

Furthermore, our focus should be building on renewable energy sources and phasing out coal and other fossil fuel industries,

Please do not approve the coal port,

Sincerely,
VancouverBritish Columbia
Chelsea BaldwinsonMajor ConcernDear Federal Government and Coal Port,

I am very concerned about the proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline and Tanker Proposal because in the event of an oil spill, the damage would be and has been disastrous. I urge you to think about this and consider not letting tankers pass through our beautiful and sacred waters where a multitude of species live as well as our coral reefs which are already in danger. As for the coal port, I think it is absolutely ridiculous that there may be exports of coal to power plants in Asia rather than refining the coal here to create jobs but more importantly, the environment is at risk and therefore we cannot keep burning more and more fossil fuels. This has to stop.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Donald McEachernCoal Port at Fraser Surrey and TexadaDear Robin Sylvester; Lisa Raitt:

In the matter of the proposed coal port under consideration, I urge the following:

1. A realistic health Impact Assessment

2. Assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island

3. Consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects

4. Public hearings and meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions.
Quathiaski Cove,cBritish Columbia
lary waldmanNo to CoalCoal a 19th and 20th century fuel. We should be locking ourself in to sustainable energy production, not coal deals, which I think stink.

Lary Waldman
Bowen IslandBritish Columbia
Emily SmithNo consentAs a lifetime resident of British Columbia, I do not consent to coal exports from the Fraser River without a fair and democratic process. Sure, this may be profitable in the short term, but think of the long term. Money won't be able to buy BC back it's natural beauty and nature tourism. BC needs to start thinking about long term clean energy for everyone, not short term profits for few.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Julie Ashleeno coal port!GET THE BIG PICTURE! I have watched Canada's environmental policy devolve into reckless decision-making and total lack of consideration about future generations. Enough already; start thinking about your grandchildren and great grandchildren. What are we leaving them?Pitt Meadows, B.C.British Columbia
Grace GolightlyIs business more important than life?In this day and age, authorities are under constant pressure to allow big businesses to expand and maximize their profits.

Yet business is not more important than human beings. If one business cannot expand in one area, they will find another. Businesses are able to absorb limitations and respond to them, when required.

But human lives cannot be replaced. Human and ecosystem health, once undermined, usually cannot be quickly restored. So authorities must give these greater importance.

I implore Port Metro Vancouver to take seriously its responsibility to its human and ecological neighbours.

The port authority must hear and address public input in its permit decisions.

It must assess health and other impacts along the proposed barge routes, and it must realistically assess and consider cumulative effects of shipping traffic, for both current and proposed projects.

Abdicating ithe port's responsibility and passing it on to the very business applying for permits is disturbingly undemocratic.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Anna WhiteNo new coal portBc deserves a say in this potentially destructive development. As a lower Mai land resident who chooses to live here because I can access clean water and ocean swimming- I say NO to a new coal port!North vancouverBritish Columbia
Chuck LenfestyDirty Coal ExportsYour actions is not listening to the public concerns in dealing with export coal from BC is reprenhisble. If you were elected you would listen to the people. As a citizen of BC for half a century and aware of climate change, I am angry you do not take a longer view of how you are contributing to climate change. Your children will live in a vastly different world because of your contribution to environmental damage.

Listen to your fellow citizens, if the US doesn't want to handle this product, why are we being so stupid to allow it here.

Your actions are changing my political view and I am becoming more active in doing something to stop your irresponsible decisions. You are well paid to look after the best interests of the people of Canada. Your export of a product that will impact all our lives should be enough of an incentive to not go any further in approving this project.

You will get active public opposition to this project. LIsten to the people. This summer is only the indication of hotter summers and warmer winters that foretell a summer of burning forests and rapid climate change.

Burning poor quality coal is an economic disaster for our province even if the plants are far away.

Maybe we should apply an environmental tax on every ton you ship that would remove any profits from your activities and destroy your business.
Roberts Creek, BCBritish Columbia
Tracey LittlewoodPreserve the Environment and the Democratic ProcessTo whom it may concern,

I am opposed to the development of a new shipping facility for US thermal coal to be barge from Metro Vancouver to Texada then onto China.

Serious concerns have not been addressed and we need to have independent consultation to investigate environmental impact of such development and concerns.

We need

-Health impact assessment, especially long term both tho marine life and those who depend on it.
-Environmental impact along the proposed route.
-A comprehensive emergency response plan incase of an accident focusing on accident prevention, containment, and emergency response in all weather condition.
-Address how the increase shipping traffic will impact all areas and take into consideration the cumliative effect of future developments and shipping along the proposed routes.

I think until any of these issues are addressed by an outside independent organization a severe disservice is being done to the residents of British Columbia and the rest of the world.

We need to be looking at ways to move away from fossil fuels. Not putting our resources into further development of depleted, finite, and environmentally unsustainable fuel source.
Port CoquitlamBritish Columbia
Kathleen MurrayCoal portDespite unprecedented public outcry and demands from health authorities and local communities for comprehensive, independent impact assessments, the port authority allowed the company making the proposal to conduct the public outreach, environmental studies and health analysis before approving a permit for the proposal a year ago.

Now the port is considering an amendment that would allow direct loading of giant coal ships on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver.
Please respect what the people want. I cannot believe this is planned! Ruining the city and the port plus the damage it will do to the environment is incredible, not to mention what it will do to the public roads eye.

Stop this now!
Surrey BCBritish Columbia
Bob wycheCoal export from Fraser.I must protest the export of American coal from the heart of metro Vancouver.It is a poor choice for Canadians particularly for those in the Georgia Basin .
There has been no health assessment from the effects of this project .
There has been no meaningful public consultation process.
The cumulative effects of existing and future shipping projects have not been studied.
Also the proposed barge rout to Texada has not been studied for impacts.
This is dirty project for the local and global environments and needs careful and transparent consideration where it appears to rammed down our throats if we like it or not.
gabriola BCBritish Columbia
Coral GallagherCoal ExportI would like to raise my concerns over the proposed coal export. A full independent review needs to be conducted and people's concerns need to be heard!New WestminsterBritish Columbia
colin doverNo Coal port in Fraser RiverI am not in favour of this proposal on several grounds: atmospheric carbon, climate change, local health impacts due to transportation and air quality impacts, and spill risks.

Colin Dover
New Westminster, BC
New West., BCBritish Columbia
Robert DingleUS Coal Export from CanadaEnabling the continued use of dirty coal is not in Canada's best interests!WhistlerBritish Columbia
Gerard LavertyStop expanding coal exportsExpanding coal shipments is a bad idea. We need to reconsider what we do and how it is affecting the world we live in. Future generations will suffer if we continue on our shortsighted path. I ask you to look at your close family members and think of the world we are going to be leaving them.LangleyBritish Columbia
David KerrCoal port attn Lisa Raitt/Robin Silvester
Dear Lisa and Robin,

Me and my wife live within two kilometres of the Delta ports on 92ave and 114st.
We are investing our working carreers to own our home, and raise a family.
Our home is within ear shot of your ports. We hear your back up beepers on your machines 24 hours a day.
Noise is one thing, but transferring coal from train to conveyer to ship/barge is a whole other ball of wax.
We are dead set against this happening. We do not want our neighbourhood traffic being stopped with longer trains.
We do not want the dust from coal covering our home, our cars, our gardens.
I have friends in port Roberts that have to repeatedly clean the coal dust off everything they have due to this.
We do not want the same.

Our air quality is priceless. I do not want to breath in YOUR coal dust.
I do not want my children, wife, or elderly parents to suffer breathing it in.

Be a responsible, good neighbour and listen to what I'm telling you.

Stop with the coal transport in my neighbourhood.
Would you want that in yours?

Thank you in advance. -David Kerr.
deltaBritish Columbia
Valerie HildebrandURGENT Concern..........My health is IMPORTANT to me and to my fellow British Columbians....as such....I do NOT want this new coal port to be built ....dirty....dirty....dirty....equaling UNHEALTHY air for us all !!

Public input is necessary....as citizens of this magnificent province....we have the RIGHT to that !!!
Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia
Gina Marie StewartCoal PortsAltho I live in the interior, this NEW PORT will impact ALL OF US IN BC.........PLEASE FIND ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE TO WHAT THIS PROPOSAL IS!!RiondelBritish Columbia
Sophia KellyEnvironmental and health assessment of Fraser Surrey Docks proposal for coal shipping needed.As someone who lives within blocks of the Vancouver port, I am appalled that coal ships will be loading in the middle of our city. Coal dust has known negative health effects, and the potential negative effects of a spill into our local waters is also considerable.

Further I understand that there has not been a health impact assessment either locally or for the barge route to Texada Island, cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects or public hearings. I'm directly affected by this decision.

It is your responsibility and duty to do your due diligence to make sure that projects which harm local residents and environments are prevented. In order to do this, you need to have accurate, unbiased information that comes from and through people other than the proponent.

I urge you to please correct this on the citizens' behalf.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Patti WillisFraser Surrey DocksPlease convene a democratic process and credible impact assessment for coal export proposals. The current process is unacceptable.

There is a lack of clarity about the plans for this proposal. Loading coal ships in the environmentally significant Fraser River is simply counter-intuitive. Putting the river at this level of risk is frankly nuts.

And, the idea of transporting coal barges to Texada Island through the fragile Strait of Georgia is madness. I have lived on an island in the Strait for 45 years and know the threats to this important marine ecosystem. The burden to this area is already unacceptable.

With respect, the future is not in coal. Stay strong and read the signs. It's so clear. Wake up. On behalf of my granddaughters.
Denman IslandBritish Columbia
Billy Bryantcoal portSTOP the INSANITY!Port McNeill,B.C.British Columbia
Jenn McEwenB.C. Deserves A Say Over Coal Export ProposalsI ask, no demand a democratic process and credible impact assessment for coal export proposals. Listen to the public outcry and demands from health authorities. The port and federal government need to understand that British Columbians will not allow risky fossil fuel export projects to lock B.C. into a fossil fuel export economy for years to come.KitimatBritish Columbia
Monika McKinneyCoal portsPlease do your homework for the sake of our beautiful and pristine province. The earth is in danger of dramatic and permanent climate change and supporting fossil fuel transportation will only make it worse. Let's leave BC as a world-class tourist destination and move to cleaner energy already.VancouverBritish Columbia
Patricia McClungCoal export proposals Hello I am a North Vancouver resident for 55 years I raised my four children on the North Shore and now have three grandchildren as well we love our home here on E. 4th Ave. just at Ridgeway . I am writing to encourage you to look for alternative ways to produce energy and to make money .
Please consider our common future and find green technology energy solutions do not expand the port in the harbor report Metro Vancouver nor in the Fraser River it is to the detriment of all the people who live here and all the people we share the world with and plants, air and fresh water. I urge you to be wise not greedy
North Vancouver British ColumbiaBritish Columbia
Nicholas ReadLoading coalTo Whom It May Concern,
As a resident of Vancouver I do not wish to see giant coal ships loading in the Fraser River. Nor do I wish to see coal barges sent to Texada Island. In this time of climate change these would be retrograde steps to say the least. We want cleaner lighter air not an atmosphere full of coal dust.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Nancy AdamsNon safe transport of coal oil and any other toxic crapHere we are 2015 and what we know about coal and we are still using it?! So it's got to be at the expense of the environment and every living thing put in dire consequences because the primary purpose as always The Money. This is not the Canada I once knew, and it breaks my heart and many others like the whole Country. The only people who bennifit are those in the business it helps no one else! Plus, all the illness that goes along with it! Why can't we use renewable resources like sun and wind why? I deserve to have a say too! You are all MADD it's just scary science you practice with no concern for any life just Money! I'm so against all of it we already have a better way with way more jobs available for all! Isn't it about the people what we want not what you want us to want.... 💔Nancy Adams Cowichan LakeLake CowichanBritish Columbia
Alastair J MaxwellCoal export review processI'm disgusted with this . You are accountable.
You are acting irresponsibly. You have obvious vested interests driving this undemocratic sham of a process.
LadnerBritish Columbia
James GarryA damaging state of affairsTo whoever it may concern,

I feel that the proposed development of an expanded loading and distribution scheme for coal shipping is a backward and short-sighted step.

I am a chartered physicist, and consult with energy companies to develop low-impact solutions for energy raising and transmission. The over-reliance I see on hydrocarbon extraction in federal and provincial projects is troubling. To further predicate economic activity as being reliant on this type of activity, I think, is misguided.

I trust that appropriate consultation will be allowed with the wider community, and in lieu of that, that a serious rethink be made of this whole endeavour.
BurnabyBritish Columbia
Cindy RobertsTransportation of coal at lower maim land portsStop this from happening.
This will affect 1000s upon 1000s
Residence in the area.
SurreyBritish Columbia
LORNE LEWISNO NEW COAL PORTI am opposed to increasing the capacity of any of our British Columbia ports for the purpose of shipping coal.GIBSONSBritish Columbia
Diane CourneyeurOur sayUntil further assessments are conducted regarding health issues, pacts along proposed routes, shipping traffic from existing and proposed export projects and a public hearing this should not proceed.

We deserve to know!!
KaledenBritish Columbia
Diane CourneyeurOur sayUntil further assessments are conducted regarding health issues, pacts along proposed routes, shipping traffic from existing and proposed export projects and a public hearing this should not proceed.

We deserve to know!!
KaledenBritish Columbia
Ruth CaspellcoalBC deserves to say whether coal should be exported from our harbours!NanaimoBritish Columbia
Clint HutzulakBC deserves a say over coal export proposalsBC residents need an open, meaningful and transparent series of public hearings into the proposed coal export plans. We live in a democracy, not an autocracy which values shareholder profits above public interest, safety, health and the economy.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Mike WalkerWe the people of BC deserve demand our voices be heard!We have cleaner means of energy wind solar other countries are already reaping the benefits of non environmental destroying ways to produce energyVictoriaBritish Columbia
Aidee AriasCoal Export ProposalsLoading giant coal ships right on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver, AND then sending barges of coal to Texada Island if not a viable solution. We urge to allow public hearings and consider other alternatives for the health and safety of our coast and our people.victoriaBritish Columbia
José Luis GutiérrezWe won't allow new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C.British Columbians will not allow risky fossil fuel export projects to be rammed down our throats.nortn vancouverBritish Columbia
Silvana BevilacquaFraser Surrey Docks ProposalThis decision has been made without due diligence.

- 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

As a British Columbian I demand better!
VancouverBritish Columbia
Sandra HarrisNEB clearly doesn't represent the interests of CitizensAddress these issues!:

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
GibsonsBritish Columbia
Rob FeenyFair is FairBC Waterways and property belong to all citizens of the province and we deserve a fair process. Trust us to know what we want, not a big corporation. As someone in the renewable energy field, I think this is exactly the type of behaviour that should be avoided.BurnabyBritish Columbia
Natalie MussellNo portThere are still major gaps the port has refused to address:

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.

Environment over profit!
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Janet HallCoal PortsHello, I wish to have my concerns noted about the proposd building of a thermal coal port in BC. As stated in Beyond Coal.ca:

"Despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:
* 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.
Please listen to the public concerns when making your decision.
VancouverBritish Columbia
iris fieldWe won't allow new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C.I do not support thermal coal ports to be built in BC, Vancouver and Fraser River!

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.
Sointula, BCBritish Columbia
Ursula KernigCoal exports Surrey Fraser DocksI am opposed to the export of coal, a fossil fuel with extensive negative environmental and health effects. I am also opposed to the anti democratic way the federal Vancouver Port Authority is proceeding in the matter.SurreyBritish Columbia
D'Anne Todescono new coal portPlease STOP,, your killing usPort McNeillBritish Columbia
Joan CombesEnvironmentWhen will governments and corporations stop supporting businesses that threaten our future survival and start supporting the citizens and residents of this provice and nation?

Coal is not an environmentally sustainable form of rnergy, despite the scientific ignorance of our current lesders. How about letting the people decide if this is a eise decision. Do we live in a democracy or don't we?
SaturnaBritish Columbia
Marilyn HansenU.S.Coal shipping in BCLoading coal ships is a dirty business with lots of dust which could adversely affect the health of nearby populations. U.S. coal should be sent out of the USA and not be dirtying up Vancouver or the Fraser River. Why is the coal not being sent out of the US?

There has not been a fair or transparent process concerning this situation. Instead, industry seems to be rolling over the concerns of the populace. Extreme anger will build over this among the population that is being steam-rolled.
SummerlandBritish Columbia
C. Victor HallNO MORE COAL

BC has a green non-polluting biomass alternative that can be shipped in lieu of coal. It is a Canadian patent densified, natural grown multi- source fuel that does everything coal can do without the hangover. [email protected]
AbbotsfordBritish Columbia
Karen HodgsonNo new coal portCoal is dirty energy. We don't want coal ships and barges parking on our coastlines and rivers. There has been no coal port health impact assessment, zero assessment of impacts along the proposed coal barge route to Texada Island, no consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects and no public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions. We also don't want coal ships/barges anchoring off the Gulf Islands (especially Gabriola Island) while waiting to get into port. Stop treating our coastline like and industrial freeway where public input is ignored. We live here along with the some of the richest sea animal and plant life in the world. Put your money into clean energy projects and stop bowing to the corporate lobbying and cash promises from developers. This is supposed o be a democracy.Gabriola IslandBritish Columbia
Lorne DeGirolamoCoal Ships in Vancouver HarbourThe assessment of the viability of allowing Coal Loading Vessels into The Port of Vancouver should be a political decision not one made by private intreats.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Natalie TkachStop!!!As a resident of B.C., I am appalled that sneaky politics and bullying tactics continue to take precedence over public welfare and concerns of safety within the environment we live in.

Appropriate channels of communication are purposefully being hindered. Stop this now, and do the right thing. Hold inclusive public meetings in order to allow conversations to take place so all aspects of these ventures can be weighed in the proper balance.
OkanaganBritish Columbia
Julie BurtinshawWhat a ShamIt's time you realized that we in BC have had enough of your corrupt environmental practices. British Columbians will not allow risky fossil fuel export projects to be rammed down our throats.
Your not fooling anyone anymore. We want to see:
Health Impact Assessment
Assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island
Consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects
We demand public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions
VancouverBritish Columbia
Dominique FerryCoal portNo to coal! Put this question in a referendum...hear the voters voices!NanaimoBritish Columbia
Thom McKennaB.C. Deserves A Say Over Coal Export ProposalsDespite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:
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 and No public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions

This is unacceptable!
VancouverBritish Columbia
Ildi VargaWe don't want coal in our port!I believe that having coal brought to our ports and then shipped will have a deleterious effect on the health of those living in the area. I think coal is an archaic method of heating. Asia is turning to clean solar power faster than we are! It is time to change to sustainable and healthier ways of fueling our industries.VancovuerBritish Columbia
Brunella Battistadon't allow new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C.Despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:
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.
Please don't allow risky fossil fuel export projects to be passed without proper assessments and consultations.
ChilliwackBritish Columbia
Gerry Girouxthe last thing the world needs is more coalSockeye fishing in the Fraser has been cancelled because of low water and high temperatures -directly related to global warming. Drought and forest fires about on this continent. You know all this. The last thing this planet needs is increased coal exports.
Stop the damn terminal.
Sincerely,

Gerry Giroux
Vancouver
VancouverBritish Columbia
ken rocksmithOur Kids PlanetFor the sake of our Kids & future generations. We implore that You consider Your actions for the sake of short term gain & distruction of our Kids Enviorement..vancouver bcBritish Columbia
Natashia HealeyCoal Export ProposalsI live in NW directly across from fraser docks and i think this is a terrible idea. We dont need more coal and coal dust and trains and tankers in these areas. Moving more coal may be good for the port authority and its bottom line but It Is NOT good for residents of these communities. STOP MORE COAL EXPORTING!New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Neil CarrollCoal Exports from the Fraser and TexadaThese subjects should be governed and adjudicated via a democratic process which involves the voting public of B.C..West VancouverBritish Columbia
Neil CarrollCoal Exports from the Fraser and TexadaThese subjects should be governed and adjudicated via a democratic process which involves the voting public of B.C..West VancouverBritish Columbia
Gerald MichelReduce the use of fossil fuelsTo whom it may concern,Canadians should take the lead in reducing our reliance of fossil fuelsLillooet BCBritish Columbia
Lucia MaBulliedTo whom it may concern:

Yet again we see another decision regarding British Columbians bulldozed into our place of residence without so much as a notification that it is even happening. This is pathetic and violates the whole point of democracy.
I, for one, do not want to see a U.S. Company using our ports for yet another environmentally ineffective material. The process of these ships traveling up and down the Fraser River is also frightening! We've already seen oil spills this summer that were labelled as smaller oil spills, and our Coast Guard stations have decreased in number. Adding an increase in risk is just stupidity!
Please reconsider this action and try to think about the environment as if it goes, there will be no point to ship anything.
North VancouverBritish Columbia
Cortney BrownCoal Export / Fraser Surrey DocksIt is time to start looking at alternative energy sources instead of trying to line the pockets of the few with coal and oil money.

Please take a look at the overall impacts of setting up this shipping facility to the local community as well as the impacts of the extraction methods to the environment in which you are taking it from.

It is time that our politicians stop letting corporations take advantage of our resources and communities. Look to the future, try to make money doing good instead of squeezing every last drop out of the oil industry. IT CAN'T ALWAYS BE ABOUT THE MONEY!!!!!!!
SquamishBritish Columbia
jeremy watneycoal portThis change should never happenvictoriaBritish Columbia
Eve ThorneCoal ExportMake sure the process is democratic - include public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions
Definitely study and consider the health impacts of GVRD residents, and remember, you will be exporting negative health impacts as you export the coal.
Take the environment and climate change into account. In the end, coal will be unwanted. China is going solar. So is the rest of the world.
Why do you want to invest in this? Who is gaining (short-term) from this?
Who is going to pay with their health?
CalgaryAlberta
Kim Patrick O'LearyLoading coal at a port in Metro VancouverI was an Editor/Researcher and I read law for 12 years. I have read the recent reports about the environmental impacts of coal on our planet and its inhabitants.
The mining, shipping and burning of coal must stop now. This is such a stupid idea I can not believe that the people in charge of Port Metro Vancouver are even considering shipping coal from Metro Vancouver.
NO to loading coal anywhere in BC and NO to mining, shipping or burning coal anywhere on earth anymore. It is disgustingly dirty to the air, earth and water. This is all we have. Without clean air, earth and water we have nothing.
The people in charge of Port Metro Vancouver obviously do NOT care about the citizens of this province or country - as is evidenced by their extremely arrogant actions.
If this project goes ahead, I hope that a lawsuit follows to shut it down.
I am very very disappointed that Port Metro Vancouver is such a bad neighbour to all the citizens of this province.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Shauna GoldStop Coal Expansion & Keep the Process Democratic!As a concerned citizen of BC, I am strongly against the direct loading of giant coal ships on the Fraser River, as well as against sending barges of coal to Texada Island (or any of the islands).

Asking citizens to send comments directly to a proponent rather than having a proper democratic process is not acceptable.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Todd PrattNo new Coal port in DeltaI live in Delta and I do not want more coal coming through the area where my child is growing up.DeltaBritish Columbia
Michael YoungNo to Coal port facility at Surrey DocksWe already have a huge coal hanging and shipping facility at Roberts Bank for loading g large coal ships. The e new facility at Surrey Docks has changed from a bargain loading facility to ocean going loading and shipping facility completely changing the proposed project. The environmental and impact studies must be redone and BC citizens must have a say in these proceedings as this will directly affect our area. If the Surrey facility goes ahead and there will be, damage done or a ship wreck caused by this new proposal then that will leave BC residents and government no other option but to sue all parties involved in this rash decision, for cleanup andChilliwackBritish Columbia
jake Frycoal concernsI would like to voice my strong opposition to the proposal
Fraser Surrey Docks proposal to build a new shipping facility for U.S. thermal coal in 2012 so they could barge coal to Texada Island to be loaded onto oceangoing vessels bound for Asia. Now the company has changed plans to make the project even worse: they want to directly load giant coal ships right on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver, AND send barges of coal to Texada Island.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Shirley BakerIf it's coming from Canada then we make the dissitions.Coal is to dirty for BEAUTIFUL VANCOUVERSurreyBritish Columbia
Odie GeigerCoal Port in BCThis amounts to sticking fingers in your ears and saying nya-nya-nya about information you don't want to hear. Any reasonable person can foresee the likely consequences of allowing coal ships on the Fraser but the fact that there will be:
* 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

suggests that you are well aware of these dangers and that money and "growing the economy' is the only motivation for this dangerous and unnecessary proposal. It is essential that, at the very least, should be given a rigourous scientific evaluation.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Rory J. DelanyWe do not need these facilitiesWhy would you take on such a "Dirty Environmentally Hazerdous Operation" that even the US ports did not want.

Please show respect in a time of global crisis, for your children.
victoria BCBritish Columbia
Allen MillsNO COAL IN MY BACKYARDWE SHOULD BE EXPLORING NEW WAYS TO FUEL OUR THIRST FOR ENERGY,CLEAN ENERGY. NOT COAL THAT IS SO DIRTY AND ON ITS WAY OUT OF BEING ACCEPTED AS FUEL IN OTHER COUNTRIES. SOME OF THE MOST PRECIOUS WILD LIFE LIVE ALONG SIDE AND IN THE WATERS OF THE GREAT FRASER ESPECIALLY THE STERGION ...GIVE YOUR HEAD A SHAKE.SurreyBritish Columbia
Jo-Ann AnakottaThermal coal portsBC is becoming a very anti democratic province with only the economic benefits being considered at all government levels. This whole process of how coal ports are proposed and approved through a ridiculous dysfunctional assessment is beyond reasonable. The Conservatives will definitely not have our family vote this election. Trouble is our decision makers never stick around long enough to witness the consequences of their ill fated decisions.SurreyBritish Columbia
Maggie Parkhurst-BartelNew Coal PortsI am outraged and disgusted at this plan to create new thermal coal ports in BC. The federal government of Canada has made me ashamed of our country's decisions in regards to the environment. Transparently as ever, you choose money over the greater benefit of not only our country, but the world. Climate change is real and the effects we have caused are already enough to cause consequences lasting hundreds of years. The scientific community is unanimously and vehemently begging everyone globally to take action against this and you honestly think this kind of decision is appropriate and wise. shameful. The switch to renewable energy will happen, with or without your support. The only decision you are now left with is whether or not you wish our country to be a leader and a progressive role model in this movement. Leading research in renewable energy will create jobs and generate revenue for our country. It even gives our country a chance to truly accomplish something and maybe even monopolize the renewable energy market, creating thousands and thousands of jobs for Canadians. Consider that, and consider the fact that by sticking to these forms of energy, you are making our country a joke.SurreyBritish Columbia
Rosalind XcovillThermal Coal Shipping facilityWe need more citizen input on health impacts, assessment of cumulative impacts of existing and proposed export projects, and accountability to impacted communities.
We need public hearings on this matter, the present process is not democratic.
Little Fort, BCBritish Columbia
jon mainerstotal irresponsible decisionsYou are idiots.....because unfortuately you are unable to make decisions that work for the people of Vancouver and more specifically the residents in the areas impacted by your bad decisions.qualicumBritish Columbia
Fernanda MercadoNo more oil spillsThis should be in favor of the world, not the companies. We need our rivers and nature to survive, we are just putting at risk our planet. There is not planet B.Mexico
Rob AustdoneRe: Citizens require a say over coal exportsHello,

I do not trust that you will make a fair decision, please conduct a credible and independant review process for the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker proposal. Up to this point you have failed to provide the following:

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

Regards, Rob Austdone
VancouverBritish Columbia
Patricia SloanBC Review of Coal Port at Fraser-Surrey DocksThe proposal for this coal port in the middle of a huge city, requires adequate environmental and socio-economic review by the province. What would ever make you think that a health review is not necessary prior to any decisionÉ
You cannot be so lacking in community awareness. Please act professionally.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Robin BraunI want a say over coal export proposals.I want to have a direct say in what I happening at our docks. It is unacceptable for you not to listen to the public and make decisions based on what local people want. I do not want the companies to directly load giant coal ships right on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver, or send barges of coal to Texada Island.

What has happened to our country that no one does the right thing anymore? When did the public become irrelevant? This is our country, how dare you make horrible decisions that affect us all that we do not want. You must stop!!!!!!!

Robin
VancouverBritish Columbia
Rich ScottNo new coal portOur generation has a unique opportunity to lay the foundations for a future based on clean energy, so our children and theirs may continue to prosper. That will not happen with short-sighted expenditures on new fossil fuel infrastructure. Please say no to a new coal port.VancouverBritish Columbia
Addison LanierAbandon the Coal Port project and donate proceeds so far to dismantling other coal processes.Coal Port authourity,
Your time as power suppliers has shrunk. We don not want you to entrench further in our environment and futures. Your bad advice so far is the reason.

Cease and desist. We do not worry about a slowing economy as you say we should. Slowing this out of control and disastrous method of power supply (coal) that you monger, will properly stimulate the development of alternative energy world wide at an incredible speed you will not admit is possible. There is an excess of clean energy at our fingertips, to power the world i every respect. You have been stuffing your rationales to us since the times of Tesla and JP Morgan.

CEASE and DESIST. Or experience the unpleasant revolution by the aggressive sword you use on us.

Addison Lanier.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Jordan FollWrestling with our consciencesWe all understand that your executing your employment objectives by trying to create new opportunities to profitably increase coal exports from the province. Unfortunately for you and your adversaries the time of cheap dirty energy capitalization is finally dwindling as an acceptable way to earn a living, and in your present occupation you will find yourself less and less popular in your community. Best of luck overcoming your adversaries and your conscience, you can't hide behind lies much longer my friends.VancouverBritish Columbia
Charmaine MillottDo Not Send Coal Through Texada IslandBig ships going through the islands to and from Texada Island run the risk of a marine disaster, due to the rocky and uneven shoreline beneath the water. Plus, the whale habitat would be disrupted and we could sea many dead whales and other marine life. Fishing in these waters would be changed forever, especially damage to spawning salmon that we eat. I am sure the First Nations people agree. There will certainly be a disaster of monumental proportions!Mill BayBritish Columbia
Priscilla Juddmy coal port opinion I am opposed to shipping coal from Vancouver. Where is the human health impact assessment?

How about the impacts on salmon?

Has there been any assessment of impacts of coal dust on route to Texada Island?

Americans refused to ship coal because of the risks are we no less important?

What are the cumulative impacts from all this shipping? Has anyone considered the whales and salmon?

Why hasn't the public been able to express their concerns in public hearings?

How do the First Nations feel about this?

Seems to me this is a risky proposition for rich corporate friends of the BC Liberals and the Conservative Party of Canada and like all of these mega projects - they don't sustain our planet or provide meaningful employment here in BC.

I am sorely disappointed in the lack of creativity by all our governments. Why not find other projects besides mining ore and cutting trees? All of which, pollutes the water, land and air.
LumbyBritish Columbia
Alexander MatwickPort AuthorityDespite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:
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
Nanaimo,British Columbia
Sheryl HamblinPort UsagePlease take into consideration the concerns and desires of the local population when setting a rule for the use of their port as a departing point for coal or oil.Santa AnaCA
Kimberley HlinaNo to New Coal Port in B.C.Loading giant coal ships on the Fraser is not a safe and healthy choice for the local habitats and environment. We know from previous errors how toxic spills can be, and how unavoidable.

Please don't put the people, animals, and plant life of our area further at risk for the sake of coal and greed.
DeltaBritish Columbia
Lori Goldmanno coal exports from VancouverBC citizens are against this hazardous proposal. There have been No Health Impact Assessments or assessments 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 and no public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions.
This decision must be postponed until all affected parties have their say and the government makes a balanced decision on the facts.
The people of Canada deserve a voice in their health and their future lives.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Ray SamsonCoalLeave it in the ground
So people can breathe
clean air
AbbotsfordBritish Columbia
Kate LancasterNO COAL PORT ON THE FRASER RIVERI am completely opposed to the proposed coal port in Surrey, and am disgusted that Port Metro Vancouver thinks they can shove it down the throats of the citizens of BC, especially those of us who will be directly affected by this toxic cargo. Last I heard, Canada is still a democracy. We deserve a say!New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Julie BernardNO NEW COAL PORT!!I'd like to let the port and federal government know that us British Columbian's will not allow risky fossil fuel export projects to be rammed down our throats.North VancouverBritish Columbia
Nancy McManusNo New Coal PortI do not believe that people living in BC should not have environmental and health risky fossil fuel projects forced on us. I also believe that the authorities that are looking into the concerns should be non-partisan and include people from all interested parties...environmentalists, people in the industry and average citizens. It should not be a self-serving group of people that stand to benefit from the projects. It is time that these existing groups listen to all concerned parties and the public has already spoken and said they don't want these Thermal Coal Ports.Maple RidgeBritish Columbia
Bob Russellcoal exportsPlease use moral instead of purely political and economic factors hold sway, and let BC play a major role in the decision making for coal export matters!VancouverBritish Columbia
Kelly McConnellStop selling us out to the greedy richWho will benefit if Fraser Surrey Docks builds a new shipping facility for U.S. thermal coal? NOT the citizens of B.C. Who will be harmed if Fraser Surrey Docks builds a new shipping facility for U.S. thermal coal? ALL OF US.

LISTEN to the people! WE DO NOT WANT TO SACRIFICE OUR ENVIRONMENT TO ENRICH A FOREIGN CORPORATION.
Pender IslandBritish Columbia
michael krisingerNo new coal port, phase out old coal export facilitiesSimple - see message subject!

Reason: Have been stated numerous times over the last 5 years! i.e. our climate can NOT take any more CO2 emissions.

Dr. Krisinger
UBC Biochemistry Department
vancouverBritish Columbia
Heather FowlerPeople countYou are elected by us, we have a right to a clean environment. You are obligated to hear our voices and proceed in the best interests of your constituents. To deny us this right is denying our fundamental Cansdian birthrights. You should be ashamed to be earning wages from our taxes only to disrespect our rights. So do the RIGHT thing and let the people decide - we will be the ones paying for your decisions. BTW because I am speaking out in protection of the environment does not make me an eco terrorist as the Harper governement has now decidedNORTH VANCOUVERBritish Columbia
Heather FowlerPeople countYou are elected by us, we have a right to a clean environment. You are obligated to hear our voices and proceed in the best interests of your constituents. To deny us this right is denying our fundamental Cansdian birthrights. You should be ashamed to be earning wages from our taxes only to disrespect our rights. So do the RIGHT thing and let the people decide - we will be the ones paying for your decisions. BTW because I am speaking out in protection of the environment does not make me an eco terrorist as the Harper governement has now decidedNORTH VANCOUVERBritish Columbia
Gordon BrennanCoalDon't want it don't need it !VancouverBritish Columbia
Robert MaksymetzNo New Coal Port PleaseTo whom it may concern

Please no new coal ports. I live in the Fraser Valley and deal with coal dust already. The train cars are not covered and the dust floats everywhere. I have three children and they get coal dust on them playing outside and we all know the dust is not healthy.
AbbotsfordBritish Columbia
Melvin StaafThink before you do!!!Think before you do!!!victoriaBritish Columbia
Scott NeufeldFraser Surrey Docks projectHi,
I just want to express my utter disappointment in the Port Metro Vancouver federal authority for circumventing input and concern from BC residents and government in their proposal to increase coal exports from the lower mainland. This project will not only create local harmful health effects for BC residents but it will also lock us into an unsustainable economy that is causing extreme impacts throughtout the globe by contributing to increased climate change. Shame on Port Vancouver and the federal government for your callous disregard of BC citizens and our global community.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Laurie RubinCoal Port and ExportsPlease consider that your expansion plans are ill advised and in reality not warranted.VictoriaBritish Columbia
nelson leeStop building thermal coal ports in BCIn addition to the many many sound environmental and social reasons, I add this economic one. Coal companies are nearly dead - with their coal. No sooner will the port be built and the companies will go into bankruptcy. Who will be left holding the bag? Why should tax payers pay for ideas whose time is long past? For your and our own good - don't build thermal coal ports in BC!VancouverBritish Columbia
Bonnie HardyCoal Port in metro VancouverOur beautiful oceans and rivers are home to amazing sea life and wildlife; please don't continue to use out of date technology; coal and oil to kill our ocean and wildlife.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Shannon StaplesCoal Export ProposalsAs a Surrey resident, I am concerned about the proposal of thermal coal exports from the Fraser Surrey Docks.

It is unconscionable that there is not an INDEPENDENT company required to do the environmental and health analysis, not to mention public outreach. Having the company that is proposing this plan do their own impact assessment is a conflict of interest and blatantly irresponsible.

I demand a democratic process and credible impact assessment for coal export proposals.
SurreyBritish Columbia
geza vamosDue Process for Coal Port ChangesIt is an unacceptable conflict of interest for a Canada government agency to delegate public consultation on the coal ship loading to the project proponent. The consultation must be run by an independent body and scope should cover issues of grave concern to citizens and local government: human health effects, impact from transport through critical salmon habitat, and cumulative effects where existing shipping already has a major impact.vancouverBritish Columbia
Ron WhiteDemocracy PleaseI understand how galling it can be to feel subject to the wishes of the people who's health and well-being you are so quick to discount. How sad for you. Democracy now. Public input now. At least pretend you are not in the back pockets of moneyed interests.VancouverBritish Columbia
Vernon SinnottExports support Canadian economyI believe the commodities Canada posesses need access to the worldwide market.VernonBritish Columbia
Michael SpringateCoal ships in the Fraser RiverOne must address legitimate health and environmental concerns for the people in Vancouver PRIOR to permissions being given.

There being no coherent health and environmental impact assessment, there should be no moving forward on this policy.
VancouverBritish Columbia
marion eldridgeI don't trust you are looking out for the best...only money...money doesn't save earth or change climate I just don't trust them to make a fair decision and conduct a credible review process for the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker proposal.

I feel exactly the same way about the federal port authority, Port Metro Vancouver, and its handling of the proposed new thermal coal port at Fraser Surrey Docks. Despite unprecedented public outcry and demands from health authorities and local communities for comprehensive, independent impact assessments, the port authority allowed the company making the proposal to conduct the public outreach, environmental studies and health analysis before approving a permit for the proposal a year ago.

Now the port is considering an amendment that would allow direct loading of giant coal ships on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver.

P.S. In British Columbia, we don't just roll over and allow big industries and their friends in the federal government to bully their way through our province. That's why we're taking matters into our own hands to make sure every voice is heard on the proposed U.S. thermal coal port at Fraser Surrey Docks.
LangleyBritish Columbia
John MaxwellFederal Energy 'Strategy'????Your initiatives re coal & oil exploitation are totally unnacceptable for us! What does it take to make you realize that the majority of B.C. Residents are opposed!Salmon ArmBritish Columbia
John MaxwellFederal Energy 'Strategy'????Your initiatives re coal & oil exploitation are totally unnacceptable for us! What does it take to make you realize that the majority of B.C. Residents are opposed!Salmon ArmBritish Columbia
Glenn WoodruffNo new coal portWe as British Colombians have the right to a voice about what goes on in our community and our province.North VancouverBritish Columbia
Andrew HOUSECoal port expansions a bad ideaNO more coal handling facilities for the export of either Canadian or US sourced thermal coal to southeast Asia or China!
NO more trampling on the rights of BC citizens for the short term benefit of a handful of multi-national companies and their shareholders while ALL the environmental risks sit on our shoulders.
And no increase in the number of filthy dirty bulk carriers in the Strait...
Enough!
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Timothy BramwellTake the time to do an open and proper assessment for the coal export permits.Hello,

From what I understand, there are several important steps in the review process for the coal export requests by Fraser Surrey Docks that have not been completed yet.

1. There's been no health impact assessment for either proposed site;
2. There's been no assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island;
3. There's been no consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects; and
4. There have been no public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions.

I use the Fraser River and the water to/from the Islands on a regular basis and want to see that the above is addressed in an open and public manner.

It seems utterly irresponsible to me that such important considerations are being made without public consultation or proper environmental assessments.

Between the federal governments' desire to ship LPG and your intent to allow shipping coal in the same waters, it just seems a recipe for some environmental disaster. As a federal body, the Port Authority must be able to co-ordinate the assessment reviews for these various projects. If not, what exactly is your role?

Please take the time to do this openly and properly.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Daryl RemmlerStop the coal portIt's incredibly frustrating that I have to even write this letter. Exporting coal through our city and coastal waters is such an obviously bad concept, and for so many reasons, why is it even being considered.
Say "NO" to coal, and conduct a proper public consultation.
North VancouverBritish Columbia
Art JohnsonCoal export proposalsAs a resident of BC , I am very concerned that your coal export proposals will lead to a significant increase in the number of tankers in BC waters. Aquatic life would be put in serious jeopardy from the increase and any accident on the water would result in calamitous outcomes. Therefore, I am opposed to your proposals for the coal export and demand that they be terminated.KamloopsBritish Columbia
Sally HammondCoal export facilitiesI lived in Vancouver for 30 years and I'm appalled by the possibility that coal ships could be loaded in the middle of the city - the negative health impacts, environmental impacts and quality-of-life impacts would be unacceptably high. I strongly object, and also object to the ineffective public consultation process the Port Authority has chosen.SilvertonBritish Columbia
Pierre MoraisPublic Input into Coal Port DiscussionTo Whom It May Concern,

I am very troubled by the Port Authority and the Federal Government have chosen to remove themselves from the process of soliciting feedback from the public when making important decisions that affect the well being of tens of thousands of British Columbians.

It seems like increasingly, governments and governing bodies, are solely catering to the needs of big business and not the needs of the populace of this country.

I think it's time to put the concept of "people" back into the "People's Government".

Maybe you can do the right thing and make that happens on your end so as to help keep democracy alive.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Susan QuirkCoal exportsTo whom it may concern:
I am writing in the hope that you will actually read and send a thoughtful response , not a form letter.
The burning of fossil fuels especially coal is harmful to all of us whether we live in China or not. No longer should the bottom line of profits be our guiding principle but rather the future of our children, grandchildren and our fragile earth. Transporting coal to Texada Island is not in the best interest of B.C. citizens. Shareholders are not the majority of BC citizens and their profit should not decide about coal and coal exports.
It is always a challenge and difficulty stand for what is right in the big picture. Sadly decisions are ace with very short sightedness.
Looking forward to a thoughtful, not a form letter response.
SecheltBritish Columbia
Juan DiazConcernNo new coal portDeltaBritish Columbia
Brandy BaybuttCoal Port- Fraser Surrey DocksIt is imperative that the citizens of BC are apart of the democratic process in regards to the new coal port at Fraser Surrey Docks. This decision will impact residents of BC and particularly residents of Metro Vancouver. Public hearings need to be held so the public can input their concerns. This is our democratic right.SookeBritish Columbia
pat mcewencoal portswe should have a saylillooetBritish Columbia
Spencer BairdCoal exportsIn view of climate change and the health of the people living around the proposes shipping terminal I am firmly against this developement. Spencer Baird, 690 Campbell St. Tofino, BCTofinoBritish Columbia
Mary WilliamsonWe need our sayIn our rapidly changing global environment, coal is a subject that needs indepth consultations. We need our say.KamloopsBritish Columbia
Ian McIntoshStop killing usPeople before profitsvictoriaBritish Columbia
Jonny AnthonyUnder no circumstance should a new coal port be builtAs prices of petroleum resources continue to dwindle and the marine environment is continuously degraded, now is absolutely NOT the time to build a new Coal port. Port Metro Vancouver needs to consider the long-term interests of the region, most principally - the environment, and not support a dying economy. Support initiatives that will provide long-term growth, opportunity, and health for the region.VancouverBritish Columbia
Karen WattsI’m counting on you to assess the Texada-Fraser Surrey Docks coal projectplease don't ruin our coastlineSURREYBritish Columbia
Tammy JeskeNo New Coal PortThere are still major gaps the Fraser Surrey port has refused to address:

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

This is crazy and bottom line unacceptable. Society's position on the continued extraction and use of risky coal has long been underway. It is time to put our environment (and our future) on the forefront before it is too late to turn the tide.
victoriaBritish Columbia
Amanda CullenB.C. deserves a say on coal‏.CoquitlamBritish Columbia
Dionne LoForteNo coal on the Fraser RiverCoal has long since proven to be terribly toxic and to now begin exporting it and exposing precious water and our environment to it for export is wrong. Proper protocols need to be followed as a worst case scenario. Not mining it at all is the best case scenario.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Dwight VilleneuveCoal PortSTOP IT PLEASE. Help save mankind.Vancouver B.C.British Columbia
Susan NicollThermal Coal PortsDo not allow the loading of coal on the Fraser River until an INDEPENDENT assessment is done and proper public hearings have been conducted.

Allowing Kinder Morgan to control the process and rely on the information provided them is nothing short of corrupt. The conflict of interest should be obvious.

We are not some third world dictatorship where bribes are the way of the world. We are a civilized country where the will of the people is supposed to be recognized and due process is followed.

Show us you believe in democracy and justice and are not just puppets of Kinder Morgan.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Beate BeckmannCoal and all of resources managementCanada is a resource rich country. Or, rather, it used to be. However, the absolutely myopic economic planning that both provincial and federal politicians have undertaken during the beginning of the 21st century is based on turn of the 19th to 20th century industrial revolution thinking! What is the matter with you? For the sake of Canada, and every Canadian citizen, including you who so readily and wantonly have and continue to destroy this magnificent country with your stupid policies and decisions, I say: "Stop!" It not only this country that I s at stake,but the whole enchilada.ComoxBritish Columbia
Noah QuastelCoal PortsIt is vitally important that Port Metro Vancouver include climate change and carbon emission information in all decision-making. Central to this is following the advice of leading climate scientists and economists who insist that we need to stop building new fossil fuel infrastructure.

Quite simply, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the International Energy Agency and other leading organizations and collectives of scientists are now saying that business as usual will lead to temperature increases of 4 to 10 degrees. This is unbearable-- failure to act amounts to criminal action.

For Port Metro Vancouver to have any legitimacy it needs to change its decision-making process to include far more public consultation,and include climate science, impacts and need for mitigation in all environmental impact assessments.

It is also incumbent on the decision-makers at the port to realize they are making significant decisions that impact on future generations, and avoiding the issue of climate change and fossil fuels, speaks to a deep moral failing.

As it appears now there is a heightened public perception that Port Metro Vancouver does not make its own decisions but simply toadies to a government ripe with climate denial and reactionary politics in the service of fossil fuel industrial interests.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Moira LeishmanNo new coal portIf this was a true democracy, the citizens would have a say in major decisions like this.

Why risk the environment for old technology that will soon be obsolete? We should be focusing our resources on new clean technology and creating jobs and economic stability for the future, not just grabbing at possible short term income.
GibsonsBritish Columbia
Peter QuartermainNew coal portI'm opposed to the new coal export proposals. At the every least you MUST hold public hearings to which you and all planners must respond.VancouverBritish Columbia
john waterscomoditiesLeave the coal, and bitumin in the ground, keep the tankers and coal freighters off our coast, and extend the moratorium on drilling.victoriaBritish Columbia
Ron van NieuwkuykNo Coal Port in VancouverPlease reconsider this backward thinking, hazardous proposal to create a coal port on the Fraser River in Vancouver.

This is not something that British Columbians want, does not offer any benefit and will damage our reputation and integrity globally in the fight against climate change.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Rick TonitaStop the coal shipmentsDo not proceed with the project to ship coal from the Fraser River dock. The added coal dust pollution is not something we want from White Rock, Surrey, Delta and the greater Vancouver district.SurreyBritish Columbia
Mo MooreNo new coal port pleasePlease do not go forward with this idea. We need to move away from health hazards and encourage clean air and water.Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia
Mary CleaverNo New Coal Investments PleaseCoal is in decline, it seems, all over the world. We don't need to risk our waterways, fresh clean air, or the world's climate to support the coal industry. British Columbians deserve a say in this approval process and we will say no.VancouverBritish Columbia
Audrey HillCoal Ports.Please stop endangering our coast. We need to move to renewables. Please stop this madness.LundBritish Columbia
Shelby CalmanDon't put in a coal port.BC doesn't need another port, especially one that promotes climate change, which is real!VancouverBritish Columbia
James Mackplease on coal portThis port does not serve the residents of British Columbia and is not needed and not wanted.
Stop putting additional pollution into are AIR and Water.
Van AndaBritish Columbia
Valerie YeomanCoal PortWe live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. Is big industry hell bent on destroying this ? Once our safe environment is marred with more transportation of coal, we will never be able to restore the pristine place that we enjoy living in.
Is democracy dead?. Listen to the the will of the people, not the dollar loving industrial bullies.
West VancouverBritish Columbia
Erica SchubartCoal Export ProposalsWE need democracy and public input to decide what we can do to stop our reliance on coal. We know this is not sustainable or good for the environment. Please put my tax dollars to work for renewable energy research and systems. You know that is the only way we can cut back on climate change damage already done to this wonderful earth of ours.Port Alberni, BCBritish Columbia
M JansenBC Deserves a Say About Coal Export ProposalsIt is critically important to the citizens of BC that our opinions be solicited and listened to as proposals are considered for coal export projects.VancouverBritish Columbia
Jack MatchesCoal PortThe Province and the people of BC, at the very least, deserves to have a say in current and future coal export proposals that may have a detrimental effect on the environment.KamloopsBritish Columbia
Alexis MillsSlow Down!I do not want coal export proposals to go any further in my community without the following being addressed:

-Health Impact Assessment

-Assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island

-Consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects

-Public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions
VancouverBritish Columbia
richard szerepicoal portdo not build the new coal port !!!!!!! the fish and wildlife in the river are more important than your new coal port.surreyBritish Columbia
Jennifer CondieCoal PortBC deserves to have a say over coal ports, and how they are run. The process for this needs to be democratic, and run in a non partisan way.We need public input and a full health assessment before this proposal is approved.

As a resident of Surrey I am most concerned about this issue.
SurreyBritish Columbia
Soledad ReeveNo Coal PortRobin Silvester and Federal Transport Minsiter Lisa Raitt:

We should not be investing in exporting coal - it's poisoning our environment (it kills people in China!) and it's a dying industry.

Show some leadership, Canada and Port Metro Vancouver, look to sustainable clean options for future investment. Be creative.

No coal port please.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Malin OlafsonPlease stop the thermal coal shippingHi,

The transfer and shipping of thermal coal should and must be rejected at Fraser Surrey Docks. The economic impact, job creation and long term outlook of this project is minimal in comparison to the potential health, environmental and community impact of this project. The location of Fraser Surrey Docks is in close proximity to several communities including Queensbourgh and New Westminster Quay and downtown areas.

Residents in Oregon and Washington were successful in rejecting this transfer of such low grade coal. In a time when the global community is shifting to green energy it is absurd that any investment is made in such low grade coal that has such a negative impact on the environment.

Please stop this project from proceeding.
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Daniel BlairNo to coal (and oil)This is extremely unCanadian. Global warming is a very real issue, stop pedalling coal for profit, money is not the most important thing. Money has no value but for the fact that we give it value. What we risk by continuing to burn fossil fuels has a "real" value. Once we've burned up our atmosphere money won't help. I find it so frustrating and difficult to grasp how this isn't the absolute focus of the human species right now (there are still people who refute!). It is the biggest and most threatening problem we've ever had, yet it was self created, self realised, and the means by which the problem occurred are rampantly festering at the hands of the greedy and shortsighted, eg this bullshit push to pump coal through a city in one of the most beautiful and ecologically rich parts of the world. Seriously, wake the fuck up and realise what's really important so we can minimise the destruction and start rehabilitation of what we've already wrecked in the name of profit. Canada should be one of the flagship countries of environmental consciousness and the development of renewables. Not opening it's doors to the passage of coal, one of the worst pollutants when burned!VancouverBritish Columbia
CANDICE TUBBSCOAL EXPORTINGWE ALL DESERVE A SAY. THIS SACRED LAND NEEDS TO BE KEPT CLEAN FOR OUR FUTURE GENERATIONSNANAIMOBritish Columbia
Isaac MaxfieldHealth Assessment / LiabilityI live in New Westminster on Quayside. Why has a health impact assessment not been made public?

This project will affect thousands of residents. Public input is critical. Do not allow this to go through without including local residents and municipalities in the process, please!
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Crista DamatoNo Coal Port On The Fraser RiverBeside the fact that there have been no real assessments of the damage to the environment and public health that this project could cause, and the fact that the decision making process around this project hasn't seriously considered the opinions of the people who will be directly impacted, we already know that burning coal contributes to climate change. Put the money into sustainable energy! There is a forest fire and a drought coming to a BC town near you if you stay on this disastrous track! Is the $$$$$ really worth it?BurnabyBritish Columbia
Sandra BriceCoal Port - Fraser Surrey DocksGiven that we know the following effects of coal dust on the environment and on people lives, I strongly object to a coal port being constructed at the Fraser Surrey Docks and on Texada Island:

Reduction in life expectancy (particulates, sulfur dioxide, ozone, heavy metals, benzene, radionuclides, etc.)
Respiratory hospital admissions (particulates, ozone, sulfur dioxide)
Black lung from coal dust
Congestive heart failure (particulates and carbon monoxide)
Non-fatal cancer, osteroporosia, ataxia, renal dysfunction (benzene, radionuclides, heavy metals, etc.)
Chronic bronchitis, asthma attacks, etc. (particulates, ozone)
Loss of IQ from air and water pollution and nervous system damage (mercury)
Degradation and soiling of buildings that can effect human health (sulfur dioxide, acid deposition, particulates)
Global warming (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide)
Ecosystem loss and degradation, with negative effects on health and quality of life.
Do not allow this risky fossil fuel export project to go ahead.
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Hugh MackayI am in Favour of the Coal PortI have watched this project evolve and I
am in favour of it proceeding.
There are no easy answers to resource extraction, only intelligent choices.
This project is an intelligent choice.
Sincerely
RichmondBritish Columbia
Billie Lightburncoal contamination of the Fraser RiverThe Fraser River has become the toilet for B,C. as effluent from pulp mills and major cities dump untreated wast into our majestic salmon bearing river. Now coal dumped into the mix is unexceptable .ErringtonBritish Columbia
Susan RussellNo new coal portTo whom it may concern,
I would like to make known, my opposition to any new coal ports in BC. We need to have these types of major decisions made in a democratic way that takes into account the welfare of local residents.
VancouverBritish Columbia
G SpringfordListen to the people NO Coal PortPLEASE be intelligent and refuse this project.
I'm afraid the governments have gone crazy
refusing to listen to public concern -
REFUSING TO RESEARCH PROPERLY BEFORE YOU MAKE LIFE-IMPACTING DECISIONS. Why? Why? Why.?

The coal port is a bad idea BECAUSE you have not collected proper data regarding its effects - which we already know cannot be good. Honestly, I never thought I'd say this but I'm getting embarrassed to say I'm a BC Canadian...something has to change.
I lived my whole life 'proud to be Canadian" and now Canada is dissolving before our eyes-and no one in Government is listening.

I won;t vote for ANY Party (regardless if I voted for them in the past) who is bulldozing their way for corporate profit. this coal port is one more example and it has to stop.
I don't care about fancy election ads - they just make me mad - I want action-results that leads to the return of our noble country and province.
I'm begging you to reconsider.
I know i am not alone!
NanaimoBritish Columbia
Dawn AllenStop Fraser Surrey Docks Coal Port ProjectIt is unethical and undemocratic, but sadly not inconceivable, that Fraser Surrey Docks has the authority, power, and intention of building a coal port in Vancouver (or anywhere else).

Coal is filthy, unhealthy, and a major contributor to the earth's warming trends. That Canada, one of the wealthiest nations in the world (and formerly known as a leader in environmentally sound decision-making) fails to lead in every way possible to combat climate change is pathetic.

That Fraser Surrey Docks might be allowed to even consider this project without proper assessment of its impact on the health of Canadians, Canadian waters, and the environment more broadly is unethical and totally out of step with the democracy that this country claims to promote and protect.

Please stop this proposal immediately.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Heather SapergiaFraser Surrey DocksI believe a health impact assessment must be done before proceeding further on this project. Public hearings need to be done as well as citizens of BC have the right to express how we feel about the potential risks of this project.Prince GeorgeBritish Columbia
Louise Saltercoal port proposalGentlemen:

As a native of BC I revel in the beauty and cleanliness of my home. Your proposal to ship coal to Blubber Bay on Texada Island horrifies me as I know little or no care would be taken to minimize the resulting pollution to our air and water. The same air and water that are home to endangered species, and the same water which houses our fish farms. Having been a resident of China for several years I am familiar with their lack of concern regarding pollution and I know that fuel spills and worse are inevitable if this plan is permitted to come to fruition.
No. That is my response to your proposals. No way. Coal is not an acceptable export, no matter the size of the proposed payoffs. We stand to lose much more than our province gains. Do NOT go forward with this proposal.

Sincerely,

Louise Salter MSc
ComoxBritish Columbia
Jessica DempseyFraser Surrey DocksDear Port Metro Vancouver,
I am writing to oppose the new shipping facility for thermal coal.

Besides the overarching issue that there is no place for thermal coal if we want a liveable planet, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address, including, the health impacts of the proposed terminal, the impact of the route to Texada Island and the cumulative impacts on the growth of shipping traffic, and lack of meaningful public input in permit decisions.
VancouverBritish Columbia
m mikcoaldont send coal just to burn it somewhere else.GHG etc.vancouverBritish Columbia
jerry growecoal export proposalit's dirty stuff that even the western US ports won't handlevancouver bcBritish Columbia
timothy DanielsonHere is my unsolicited opinionSince the port authority didn't ask the communities affected by this cancer causing coal decision. I have to reach out on my own, and answer a question that was not actually asked.

To the hidden question of "should we (port authority) ask nearby residents, if they feel it is ok to transport toxic cancer causing coal dust near their homes: The answer is: "NO. I DO NOT WANT COAL in the water ways next to my home" NO I don't want to have to keep my windows shut, and lock myself indoors to protect my health from wind blown particles of coal dust that will certainly harm myself and my family, and children.

The government designated this region as residential. Meaning human beings live here now. Thank fully you are a human being too. Right? so I ask your humanity, to carry an emphatic "*NO*" answer to those asking you the question "Is it ok to take our business in exchange for harming the lives of your fellow man?

Do you have children? we do. Would you let your child play down wind from coal containers (even sealed) on a windy day? Obviously you love your child, so you would say the same answer. Unquestionably.
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Bhavana LymworthCoal export proposalsBritish Colombians have no intention of letting the federal government force risky fuel export projects into Metro Vancouver.
This is entirely unacceptable, especially considering that the Port Metro Vancouver has refused to address safety issues, concerns regarding cumulative impact and the lack of meaningful public input being considered.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Don FodorCoalLeave it in the ground!
Extinction is forever!
Powell RiverBritish Columbia
Bruce ArmstrongHeartfeltIn the up coming election my vote will go to the party that consults openly and responds to the Canadian's wishes. I do not want a higher standard of living if it comes on the back's of peoples health, or any increase globally, of C02, stop exporting the problem, (please). Thank you, Bruce Armstrong, Gibsons B.C.GibsonsBritish Columbia
Karyn WoodlandNo New Coal PortsYour proposal for a new thermal coal port in the midst of British Columbia's largest population centre is gravely concerning. British Columbians demand a say in issues of this significance which will have far reaching and long lasting effects on our health and wellbeing. In light of the most recent research on climate crisis and global warming, I find it criminal that Canada continues to invest in the fossil fuel industry.VictoriaBritish Columbia
susan hepburncoalCoal is not our preferred choice of agent for fuel here for obvious reasons , the pollution it causes when burned. Why would we cause that at a risk in our own water or cause pollution overseas to blow right back at us?? I do not feel money or jobs of that nature are worthy of our country or our integrity.nanaimoBritish Columbia
Barbara McGeoughCoal Exports from VancouverThe mandate of the Federal government should be first and foremost the health and welfare of Canadians. Increasing capacity of US coal through a large metro centre is nothing short of obscene. This should not even be a considered by the Port or Federal, provincial and municipal governments.VancouverBritish Columbia
Pamela ByersFraser coal portI am totally opposed to the loading of coal to ships on the Fraser. There will be dust and spills - we all know that. Besides coal is an inappropriate fuel to be using anywhere - we should not be contributing to the use of coal in the world - especially when it is foreign coal and there is virtually no employment benefit to Canada.
Both the NEB and Port Metro are ignoring democratic process, environmental studies and health analysis.
This just cannot happen on an important and vital river and subsequent waterways.
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
bryan chadwickcoal port.please leave 19 th century technology to die. use alternative energy like solar or zero point. no coal exports pleasenanaimoBritish Columbia
P.E. LeeNo to new thermal coal port on the Fraser RiverThe risk is too great for a disaster on the Fraser River. The ecological effect on
the returning wild salmon to spawn would wipe them out forever. Greed for short term gain is not worth risking our precious salmon which is food source for humans as well as other species. Why put the Fraser River in jeopardy when Texada Island is already designated???
Thetis IslandBritish Columbia
donald rowthorncoal exportingIf the State of Washington does not allow exporting of coal in their State why are we as Canadians subjected to the exporting of it in Canada!Campbell RiverBritish Columbia
J LucasStop exporting COAL!!We must stop being hypocrites by shipping extremely polluting coal ! It is imperative we move to clean, green energy. WE DO NOT WANT THE TANKERS IN OUR WATER! WE DO NOT WANT COAL USED ANYWHERE! WE DO NOT WANT ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTERS IN OUR WATERS to ruin both fishing and tourism!!! LET the U.S. Sort out their own problems with their own coal! Coal should not be used anywhere!Gabriola IsBritish Columbia
Jill LeslieCoal ExportsBC needs to get out of the coal export business. Coal is the dirtiest fuel and shipping it around the world makes no sense environmentally. It should be left in the ground and the coal producing communities should be given grants to develop an alternative economic plan. Please do not extend facilities for coal, yesterday's fuel.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Kathryn AyresDemand for Public InquiryPlease rethink the coal port planned for B.C., especially the most recent one planned for the Vancouver Mainland.
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Please respect the wishes of a great number of citizens who want to protect our environment from further degradation; it is necessary to investigate plans of the B.C. and Federal Governments that allow the establishment of a new coal port despite advice from scientists whose warnings have not been respected.

I hear stories that we can expect many more barges, and soon many more oil and LNG tankers precariously making their way through our waterways only because of the profits resulting from additional natural resource extraction. This is not the way Beautiful B.C. should go - it risks harming wildlife and most certainly will denigrate the image of B.C. as a world class tourist destination. Pumping up resource extraction makes profits for the moment but no company is adequately prepared to deal with spills of any considerable size.

Increased resource extraction and transport by tankers in a volatile and wildlife-rich waterway will lead to irreparable contamination. It is time for Canada to lead the way instead with innovative and clean energy projects, not pile on more toxic mining. We must have the general public and experts in the sciences be able to contribute to decisions on such important matters but that has not been the case. The National Energy Board has developed the reputation of being there for the natural resource companies, not for Canada. It is time that we were included in the very important decisions of the B.C. Government and of the Federal Government regarding any issues that affect our environment.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Lorraine StarchukCoal shippingPeople need to come first, our environment needs to count. We will destroy what we have left. One mistake and our coast will be damaged beyond repair. Take a moment and ask your self if this was the only place left to live on our planet would you still want this. I highly doubt it. This is the only place on earth I live, I do not want this.Qualicum BeachBritish Columbia
daryl wakehamcoal in lower mainlandJob-creation as an excuse does just cut it when one considers the medical expenses to treat respiratory illness which WILL be caused by the increase in particulate matter in OUR airspace by a thermal coal port.

And of course one must pay attention to what the coal dust will do to fish migrating up the Fraser River. If this summer is any indication of what our salmon will be facing, adding another threat is not just bad science but a case of willfully ignoring the health of people in the lower mainland but all of BC as well.
vancouverBritish Columbia
Norah CurtisListen to the people of BC!No new coal port!NanaimoBritish Columbia
Sabra ThompsonNo coal port.Please, I do not want my home polluted by dust on the New Westminster Quay. I do not want the world's increased danger of global pollution. I do not want the coal port at all on the Fraser River, my home, millions of beings home.New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Alice PurdeyCoal port - VancouverCoal port? Within a large -and growing, metropolitan Vancouver? Within the Fraser River salmon run? Without an unbiased health assessment? Without an unbiased environmental assessment? Without an opportunity for informed public input?

Approval of The Fraser Surrey Docks proposals to load and ship coal under authority of Port Metro Vancouver without full consideration of health and environmental concerns would have been the norm some decades ago; it is totally unacceptable today.

I call for delay in making a final decision re approval until all the broader health and environmental information has been collected and examined by experts in those fields who have no connections whatsoever with the proposed projects.
BurnabyBritish Columbia
val rudenkounacceptable port proposalHello,
I'm as a citizen of Metro Vancouver area and have a big concern regarding the coal export proposal without proper and democratic public hearing. Which will include - Health Impact Assessment, a solid assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island and etc.
Thank you for your time.
vancouverBritish Columbia
Sophia MerrittNo coal!I do not want unclean unsustainable fossil file imports or export coming through BC! We have a right to have say say in netter like these. I choose a green economy. Put money into finding sustainable forms of energy supply! We have a precious coast and ecosystem and I do not want it ruin by selfish money hungry people! I want my children and grandchildren to grow up in the beautiful bc that I knew!LadysmithBritish Columbia
Lori WatersProper process is required, and no new coal.British Columbia is not a carbon corridor. British Columbians value our coast for its biodiversity, beauty and nature - not as a parking lot for tankers and barges which threaten our coast, and provide for an anachronistic carbon-heavy future that is untenable and unacceptable.

Having an authoritarian entity such as Port Metro Vancouver make serious decisions to increase thermal coal exports from our coast, and doing so without due process or public input when those decisions will affect British Columbians and our coast for decades to come, is offensive and improper.

An authoritarian decision is no substitute for proper significant public input and decision-making process. Rather, a Port Authority making this type of decision on its own without adequate public input constitutes a gross abuse of power, where the consequences will be borne for decades to come by people specifically locked out of the decision. Furthermore, the distinct lack of impact assessments, shipping assessments, health assessments, environmental impact assessments, or analysis of cumulative effects of adding yet another proposal that will increase tanker and barge traffic in an area already inundated - an area which is **supposed** to be PROTECTED CRITICAL HABITAT under Federal SARA legislation for the critically endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales, is - quite simply, unlawful. This proposal warrants a full and lawful public decision-making process, and full assessment of impacts and cumulative effects.

High-handed and undemocratic decision-making is a breach natural justice and the law, but it appears that the Port Authority appears willing to abuse its power through repressive and totalitarian tactics. In so doing, it abuses British Columbians, our democracy, and our rights to protect our coastal home. A project of this magnitude - which locks British Columbia into a carbon economy which we don't support - warrants significant due public process, not domineering and dictatorial decision making that excludes the very people affected.

I therefore ask the Port Authority to reverse its decision and adopt a full public process upon which its decision is then based.
SaanichtonBritish Columbia
Steen LarsenNo New Coal Port @Fraser Surrey DocksI strongly oppose building a new Thermal Coal Port at Fraser Surrey Docks for a number of reasons.
1) Health risk from coal dust and spillage to residents and the environment in the surrounding communities.
2) Environmental impact relating to CO2 emissions and global warming.
3) US ports have said no for the same reasons, they don't want it in their backyards either. Why should we ship their dirty coal?
4) There has been no meaningful consultation with the public and a blatant disrgard of due process in this application.
5) There is little benefit to the community at large when the costs associated with healthcare and environmental impacts are taken into account.
6) The long range impacts to our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren....etc. be?
I find it disturbing that the health and welfare of communities and the environmet is overriden by the need for profit. It is immoral and abhorent in the extreme.
DeltaBritish Columbia
Beverly PinnegarCoal portCoal is filthy. It isn't bad enough that we may have to suffer increased tanker traffic, now we have to turn beautiful Vancouver into a disgusting coal port to satisfy customers who burn the dirty stuff. Shame on you.

I moved away from Vancouver and guess where I live now? Right across from Texada Island. With no independent review of the potential hazards, thanks so much for your bloody consideration.........and no public inquiry.

And of course, the NEB is rank with industry flunkies. No one who has every worked for Kinder Morgan or any other vested interest should be allowed to serve on the NEB and should be dismissed immediately from the National Energy Board and a truly INDEPENDENT group should be in charge of this entity.

Shame on all of you, risking the beauty of this coast for short-term profit, allowing filthy corporations to dictate what goes on around OUR homes.

You disgust me.
ComoxBritish Columbia
Tricia CarpenterSay 'No' to Coal Exports in B.C.It is my understanding a most of the coal to be shipped from the proposed Fraser Surrey dock terminal originated in the U.S. Why do they have to bring their dirty coal up to Canada for export? We do not want it. Also why do we want to export a dirty fuel to other countries? That is not ethical when everyone knows coal is one of the biggest polluting fuels. Keep the coal in the ground and put the money towards clean energy sources.LangleyBritish Columbia
Mary MacKenzieCoal Shipments from Vancouver and TexadaI am adamantly opposed to the proposal to directly load giant coal ships on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver, and send barges of coal to Texada Island for transshipment.

There has been no fair and democratic representation from the affected public in these plans.

Coal is an archaic fuel and must be phased out. Listen to the people.
Hornby IslandBritish Columbia
STEPHEN BAKERNO NEW COAL PORTNO MEANS NO. NO COAL, NO OIL NO TANKES. WE WILL BE OUT OF COAL. LNG, AND OIL IN 2027 AT PRESENT CONSUPTION RATES THERE IS NO PROFIT TO THE PROVINCE JUST JIMMY PATERSON WHO OWNS THE COAL PORT.ABBOTSFORDBritish Columbia
D BrentWhat part of No do you not understand!Our neighbors south said No, we're saying NO also. Stop the pollution before it starts. It's time we all tell China to clean up its act as well as the Harper and Clark governments. NO, NO AND NO.BurnabyBritish Columbia
Sara SteilCoal, other fossil fuels & climate changeTo move forward with allowing & increasing exports of coal (the most damaging of all fossil fuels which fuels climate change) is immoral, selfish and strictly inhumane.
If you do not wish to look back over the decades to see the damage to the earth by fossil fuels - then set your mind to the summer of 2015. Western Canada and the USA are burning, the Arctic & Antarctica are melting at a rate faster then before. This my friends will be much worse and you are contributing greatly by exporting coal - is the almighty dollar worth more then the earth itself?
Personally, for my grandchildren & great-grandchildren I am petrified for their well-being and all for the sake of your bottom line.
Maybe you would take the time to stop & think for those future generations instead of more profits - I wouldn't want to leave this world thinking I was in a large part responsible for its demise.
Pender IslandBritish Columbia
Deanne Rapaciolisay NO to coalmy husband and I moved to BC to get away from the smog etc., in Ontario. We enjoy relatively clean air here by the Fraser river and we do NOT want coal here. The use of fossil fuels must end - we cannot continue to burn them and not affect our environment - we are seeing the effects of climate change every day. BC has a level 4 drought this year. Clean air is our right - we do not want BC to be a part of the continued promotion of fossil fuel use. This is wrong on so many levels. Please say NO to coal.New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Rosemary PartridgeProposed coal portVery bad idea in this day and age, when we urgently need to get away from fossil fuels.Saltspring islandBritish Columbia
Grant BrownElections are ComingElections are coming and the people of BC will remember the federal position to ignore the constituents who oppose thermal coal exports from BC. With such a shoddy and flawed process for environmental assessment, if allowed to proceed these projects will haunt BC for generations.
What side of history do you want to be on?
SurreyBritish Columbia
Brigitte MuellerNo coal port on Fraser Surrey DocksDo not build a coal port within metro Vancouver area. This is too close to existing residences. Not to mention the damage it would do to the river.

You are making a risky financial decision that will impact the environment for years to come.

Stop immediately !!!
CoquitlamBritish Columbia
Joyce AshleyNo thermal coal portsElsewhere in the world politicians are listening to their constituents. Please listen and recognize that dirty coal is just that....it pollutes - people, land, air and water. Please don't build a coal port in the heart of the Fraser River.GabriolaBritish Columbia
Matthew TavesCoal export proposalHello,

I would like to express my concern at the proposed change of plans to load coal ships in metro Vancouver. It is my opinion as a resident of Vancouver that this plan should be thoroughly reviewed and the potential health and environmental effects thoroughly assessed. Assessments should be done by a party without conflict of interest.
VancouverBritish Columbia
William Lytle-McGheecoal use periodI do not believe we should be expanding fossil fuel infrastructure period! Industry needs to start making a serious change into alternative energy, the sooner the better. The implications in general for continued carbon loading of the atmosphere, and for the health of British Columbians, most of whom live in the lower mainland, are profound. When will big business and the governments get it. The public is informed now, and just not willing to sacrifice the health of the environment, and therefore their own health, for the sake of profit and tax revenue. Things have changed, it's a new game!Salmon ArmBritish Columbia
Roy PetersNo coal loadingI am against coal being loaded in BC for export so that US companies can make a profit from dirty energy the Kohl brothers have done enough damage to the planet do not let them damage beautiful BC.surreyBritish Columbia
Desiree YoungReturn to the Denocratic ProcessPlease respect the rights of all citizens to have a say in the future growth of our company.
Halt development of this process until a means by which the community at large has a voice.
There is more to consider than is currently in the table.
North VancouverBritish Columbia
Karl HardinYou change of plans for Fraser Surrey DocksTo Whom It May Concern,

Allowing the proponent to review letters of concern flies in the face of any semblance of integrity Port Metro Vancouver maintained before Fraser Surrey Docks' amended proposal for their thermal coal export proposal.

Please include public hearings and the completion of a full and comprehensive Health Impact Assessment of the proposal.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Emily GlassThermal coal exports in BCExporting and burning coal is an issue that effects everyone. As an international issue of ethical trade, democracy, and human rights, rightfully everyone should be concerned by what happens with coal exports. Specifically, here in Metro Vancouver, coal is of local concern, due to irresponsible decisions being made by federal authorities. For two years, I have been following Fraser Surrey Docks’ plans for exporting US thermal coal through our ports.

It is for that reason that I am writing today to express my concerns over Port Metro Vancouver’s decisions around Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD) and American thermal coal exports, barges, and trains passing through Surrey, Texada Island, and really all communities along the Fraser River and the coast. Particularly, I am concerned by FSD’s most recent proposal to amend their permit and bring barges of coal directly to the docks in Surrey. Not only will open barges be going to Texada Island, but the possibility that idling barges will also be in Surrey is deeply concerning for many reasons.

Climate change is a reality that I face every day. As a food grower, I am made anxious by the draught in this region. As such, I am frustrated by the Port's decision to not consider climate change in assessing this project. Even if we are not the people burning the coal, we are still playing a role in its consumption. Idling boats and coal dust not only decrease air quality for local humans and animals, but contribute to the greater climate crisis that we are facing.

Just as the port is not paying due attention to climate change, it is not conducting the appropriate research into the effects of barges and trains passing through BC communities carrying thermal coal. This lack of a Health Impact Assessment is alarming, particularly considering how long it has been since the public has been asking for one. In the same vain, the fact that the port has not looked at the impacts of the barge routes on the environment is similarly concerning. The Union of BC Municipalities is also calling for an assessment of the barge route to Fraser Surrey Docks— it is clearly not just individual citizens that are concerned by this un-democratic process.

What is most infuriating about all of these problematic points, is the total lack of public engagement, of democratic process, and of consultation of local authorities. As someone who pays attention to local politics very closely, who has studied political science, and who cares deeply about these communities, while I would like to see the Port to conduct more open, fair, and genuine public consultation processes, I am settling at the moment in submitted this comment to FSD and the federal government as I believe in having my voice heard in any way that proves to be effective.

I hope that you take my concerns into account. I know that they are the shared concerns of many of my family, friends, and colleagues who want the best for their communities and the planet.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Arie RossNo new coal port at FSDWe still don't have the information we need to build this coal port. We don't know what the health impacts will be because no credible assessments have been conducted. We don't know what the cumulative impacts will be of shipping traffic from this proposal plus other existing and proposed projects on the Fraser River. There needs to be an assessment of the project holistically in terms of human health, the impact on the river, air and water pollution, and the impact on marine life. Until that happens, you cannot proceed in good faith. There are simply too many unknowns to allow this project to go ahead.

I ask that you listen to objective scientific experts regarding the local and global health and environmental impacts instead and decide not to move forward with this project.

As per usual, local people have been consistently shut out of any meaningful process, time and again. We want you move forward and away from dirty US coal export from BC's ports! We can definitely pick projects that will be better for our economy and our environment.
DeltaBritish Columbia
Richard PerrimentCoal Export ProposalsI wish to state my FIRM REJECTION of any future Coal Export plans in B.C.VancouverBritish Columbia
Ian MunroProposed Thermal Coal Exports from Port of VancouverI recommend that you read the Dogwood Initiative statement on this subject, author Laura Benson. She speaks for well-informed, intelligent, caring people in British Columbia and elsewhere.
Stopping these exports is an easy win: there are few jobs, little profit, little tax revenue, but very large environmental damage, very large reputation loss for Vancouver, PMV, BC and Canada for proceeding with this very ill-advised project.
Of course our use of fossil fuels will continue for decades, but we hope it will decline sharply and soon. This thermal coal export idea is not even close to being acceptable. Stop it!
SecheltBritish Columbia
Challamar RayneNO COAL PORTThis coal port proposal is TOO RISKY for our near pristine waters...and why would we want to allow the US to SULLY OUR WATERS???

Let them risk their own coastline and cities. Surely money cannot make every major decision regarding the rights of BC citizens.

You know the rest:

Despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:

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

Challamar Rayne
White RockBritish Columbia
Teresa Jones Stop PMV, Stop Coal ExpansionThis is completely unfair that the PMV can do this expansion of coal shipping. Like the T2 expansion, this is the wrong way to go and the health impacts are large for humans and animals in both cases. Please stop this crazy shortsightedness of the people in charge.DeltaBritish Columbia
Jim RaymundoVery concerned over expanding coal exportsOpening a new coal port, when the impacts of climate change are now hitting here us in BC (droughts, wildfires, food price increases, etc) is morally reprehensible. You need the 'social licence' of Vancouver and BC's citizens to operate. We do not grant it.
Please look into your heart, and do the right thing. Reject this new coal port
VancouverBritish Columbia
Jeff GrahamStop the InsanityWe are all aware by now that our future is threatened by climate change and pollution which the burning of thermal coal contributes to in a huge way. Stop this project now. Do the right thing for our children and our planet. Stand up and be counted. Stop the greed that drives this project.SurreyBritish Columbia
Prub RoopraHealth RiskWe happen to live beside the train tracks and are concerned about our kids playing on adjacent properties to the coal train route. We feel there is a health risk and therefore would like to voice our concern to stop the coal trains.White RockBritish Columbia
roger landrystop the polution grrrrrrrrrWe dont need anymore infectious crap in out province, go to the states and do it, leave this place nice as it is ~SurreyBritish Columbia
Kent EllensWebber BBQ DustIm not saying no, however a full and transparent health study should be done with respect to new exports of coal and the health of BC residents and wildlife.

Be Canadian first and please do it right or don't do it.
Port CoquitlamBritish Columbia
Nora DavidsonCoal PortLet BC decide about a Coal Port please.Qualicum BeachBritish Columbia
Marianne PilipsCoal PortI am opposed to the development of a coal port at Fraser Surrey Docks. The transport and shipping of Coal from Surrey is not in the best interest of the residents of B.C. Nor is it wise in this time of acute climate change.
I sincerely implore you to reconsider and take a bold stand for the future and stop this project once and for all.
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Kathleen ThomasBritish ColumbiaFrom the Province on the west coast, you know the one, the one you think only has environmentalists, native Indians and tree huggers in it.... The one you want to trample all over because it isn't at all important in the grand money-making scheme of things. Well, take notice.

We are a Province, so very very proud of the naturalness of where we live, the wilderness, and the ocean, all natural, pristine, and untouched by your greed, oil, and the inevitable damage done by your greed and what will inevitably be done by your greed. What tanker is going to accept your oil, and how much control do you have over that? What about the sea captain that doesn't give a damn, the one who is the captain of a rusty old tanker from some country you don't even care about, or,even know about? ...enough already with the stupid ads that say you care... Those ads are one huge tanker load of crap!
White RockBritish Columbia
Elizabeth CampbellFraser River PortI cannot believe this government would have the gall to put a port in the Fraser River. This river is teaming with fish and is a working river for many communities on its route. Would you really jeopardize the Fraser with coal and tankers? This has got to stop.Port Moody, BCBritish Columbia
Denise BostwickThermal coal ports in BCI've attended the public forum @ Douglas College & read everything I can find on this. After listening to all the evidence that has been presented I know that no one could hear the same evidence & make a decision to approve this. I had expected Jeff Scott, CEO/president of Fraser Surrey docks to bring some passion to his presentation at the Douglas College forum but he didn't. I remember thinking that he didn't really seem to care one way or the other. Possibly he knew that it would go ahead regardless of science. All the players already lined up. When Mr Scott stated they will "meet some of the highest standards in the world" I made put in my notes 'Why not all'. Why wouldn't he have gone into this thinking that all the communities would expect that all along the way they would meet ALL the highest standards. For me that statement said so much. Approval to allow the movement of the dirtiest of all the coals, more thermally combustible, the cheapest with value of $10.50 vs $67 for higher quality coal (@ time of forum) with trade-off for 15 jobs & all the associated health risks. Seems like stuff that would have been approved in the early 1900's based on the science of the time. Certainly not forward thinking or even present day thinking.
I also couldn't help notice as a member of the Angus Reid polls that I was recently invited to a poll that started out asking if I knew of Port Metro Vancouver. Next question asked if I saw the Port Metro Vancouver in favourable terms or unfavourable & variety of options in between. When I chose unfavourable, I was disinvited to the poll. So I expect to see some poll results coming out showing how favourably Port Metro Vancouver is looked at. I will know that the results are skewed.
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Daniel WhiteNew coal port, Fraser SurreyHello,

I received a disturbing email today from the Dogwood Initiative, to which I am a subscriber, that informed me that from now on if the public wanted to send in their letters of comment, they are to be directed to the proponent. I find this news very upsetting, I could go on for a long winded paragraph explaining my feelings but u believe that a portion of the email I received sums it up perfectly;

Port Metro Vancouver (the federal port authority) will decide whether to allow this change. Unfortunately, instead of learning from its past mistakes, the port has made the decision-making process even less democratic than before and wants the public to send their comments directly to the proponent. That would be like Kinder Morgan taking citizen letters of comment instead of the National Energy Board!

I believe this process is flawed and comes across as being corrupt. In order to restore public faith and to truly have all sides best interests at hand reforms need to happen. There currently are no public hearings, no independent consultations on the routes, start and termination points of all transportation hubs, including Texada island. Plus, the environment and climate change are not being taken into account again, by independent arbitration.

The health and safety of everyone in the lower mainland are counting on a fair and non biased review of this project, not a rubber stamp,

Thank you
BurnabyBritish Columbia
Dave TanchakNo new coal portThis port is not needed... Send it all to Delta Port!Delta bc.British Columbia
Dave TanchakNo new coal portThis port is not needed... Send it all to Delta Port!Delta bc.British Columbia
Patricia WarshawskiThermal coal portsPlease don't allow thermal coal ports in B.CSurreyBritish Columbia
Diana SchroederCoal portWe cannot address climate change by building a new coal port. Accept the responsibility that has been given to you and take the future into consideration. It is not up to you to expand at the expense of our health and well-being. Do the right thing!courtenayBritish Columbia
Lauren KaljurFor what purpose does the Port Authority exist?I am a very concerned citizen outraged at the lack of transparency during the process of rubber stamping approval for coal-expansion related projects in the Port of Vancouver. As a resident of False Creek, I am deeply concerned that the Port Authority has ignored public concerns over general health impacts of loading coal on the Fraser River and in the heart of Metro Vancouver, not to mention other barge route implications for wildlife and human life along the proposed path. Canada is not here to do the bidding and dumping for US coal companies dirty and archaic product. The public is watching closely. We will not risk millions of dollars of 'Beautiful BC' tourist income over such an ignorant and short-sighted deal.VancouverBritish Columbia
merrell gerberno dirty coal in BC- No dirty coal in China- No Dirty Coal!It is both irresponsible and abhorrent that BC is even considering moving dirty coal through the province to ports in Asia. The greed and stupidity behind the coal exports fly in the face of science and citizen response. Who do you work for? Whom are you beholden to? We the people of BC or private interests?vancouverBritish Columbia
Bill WilliamsonNO COAL PORT @ FRASER DOCKSCoal is the dirtiest fossil fuel and we must not encourage its use in Asia. This coal is American coal so let American ports deal with the pollution and guilt themselves.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Kenneth LongCoal trainsI have lived in the N Delta neighborhood for over 35 years. I am very concerned of the impact that these trains will have on this area.
This certainly would never be permitted to happen if the Port Authority respected the concerns of the people.
DeltaBritish Columbia
Richard FrizellCoal Ships In Surrey1. It is totally absurd and undemocratic for the Port Authority to run roughshod over the concerns of the citizens who will be most directly effected by the proposal.

2. Allowing giant coal tankers into the Fraser River is akin to the absurdity of allowing giant oil tankers into the Burrard Inlet.
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Paul MagnusWe won't allow new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C.We won't allow new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C.

major gaps the port has refused to address:
>No #climate/emissions impact
>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

@vancouversun
RichmondBritish Columbia
Patricia Brealeycoal transportationIt's got to stop! We are above the Crescent Beach BNSF rail line. Long, heavy trains rumble through our neighbourhood up to 24 times a day. The blasting of the horn throughout the night is loud enough to wake us from a sound sleep, and our patio table is covered in soot each morning. I am very concerned about the stability of the bank on which our house sits as I can feel and hear noticable vibrations in our house when the train passes below. Crescent Beach is completely cut off to vehicle traffic (emergency vehicles included) as the increasingly long length of the trains cuts off both Bayview Street and Crescent Road which are the only two routes into and out of Crescent Beach. This is a disaster waiting to happen!
The Crescent Beach Marina is behind a swing bridge which closes for the train to enter or exit Crescent Beach. It means that many boats entering or leaving the marina are stuck for up to 20 minutes while the train clears the bridge and it can be opened. I would be happy to be involved in removing this hazard from our neighbourhood!!
SurreyBritish Columbia
David EnevoldsenNo New Coal PortsThis bad idea will benefit only a dying industry whose damage to the planet should be stopped immediately. The very last thing we need is a new thermal coal export facility, periodSan JoseCA
Gretchen BartlettSimply unwiseThere has not been sufficient public input on this issue. This endeavor is not forward-thinking. In the 21st century, do we really want to be feeding a non-renewable, polluting resource to Asia? This decision does not take in the input of the citizenry or of environmental scientists.VancouverBritish Columbia
Carol TysdalNo new coal portsThis has to stop.LadysmithBritish Columbia
Elisabeth CzerwinskiNo US Coal at Fraser Surrey DocksAs a resident of North Delta, I am deeply concerned about the health and environmental impacts resulting from coal dust brought into our area by the rail shipments of US thermal coal. My family and I call for an expert and impartial assessment of the impact of coal all along the shipment path; land and water.

It is unfair to put industry greed first before the health and interests of citizens and our environment.
North DeltaBritish Columbia
Bill Harringtoncoal portI do not want a cola port in my city. I want my city to think of creative ways to both create jobs, as well as a new source of energy.SurreyBritish Columbia
Matthew KlippensteinBC should not build a new coal portDear Sir/Madam:
I am writing to express my opposition to the proposal to build new shipping facilities for coal in British Columbia.
Given the intensifying problems caused by global warming, building a new port for the export of coal would be profoundly immoral.
Building such a port in the Lower Mainland where almost half of the province's population lives, would be even more so.
Building such a port when there has been no health impact assessment, assessment of impacts along the barge route or even public hearings or meaningful public input, would be to adopt the practises of Communist China, where pollution is severe enough that an eight-year old -- a girl whose parents love her as deeply as you love your own sons and daughters -- can develop lung cancer.
I ask that the proposed coal port not be built; the worldwide and continuing collapse in coal prices means there will be no market for this boondoggle.
And if there is interest in building the coal port, I request that a proper public input process be followed.
BurnabyBritish Columbia
Dave MartinCoal PortCoal is a dying industry so why are you pushing the transport of this highly pollutant product ?
There is a democratic process in place for approval please follow it.
BurnabyBritish Columbia
Rosemary CornellObjections to the FSD port expansionThis is not the first time I have written to you my opposition to the increase in shipment of US thermal coal through Vancouver. I hope it is the last. Vancouver has plans to become the greenest city by 2020, a plan that the majority of citizens are enthusiastic about. Upgrading a facility to transport the most polluting of all fossil fuels is not compatible with this objective. I ask the port to wake up to the fact that the age of coal is over, and trying to make a desperate buck at the expense of the health of millions of Chinese and of the entire planet is morally reprehensible.
Just ask Pope Francis for his opinion of such endeavors.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Kendra Andersonno new thermal coal portsI used to live very close the the Fraser River and along the SFPD route. One of the main reasons I moved was because of the particulate matter in the air from the truck traffic. I can't imagine how much worse it will be if the coal trains are allowed to come along the river and off load at the Surrey Fraser docks. There is a health hazard already will be increased with the coal dust.

At some point people's health and the enviroment must be taken into account over the endless need for profit.

Please consider and study the real impact the coal trains will make.
DeltaBritish Columbia
Sid ShniadSTOP IT!China’s dependence on coal to power its economy results in 670,000 deaths in one year alone. http://for.tn/1yYBuiW It is time for us to phase out this source of energy and make a serious effort to adapt to renewal energy.

The LAST thing we need here in Surrey is a coal port. Give your heads a shake.
SurreyBritish Columbia
Kim DenmanCoal PortDear Sir or Madam,
The use of coal for energy should be banned - globally. No matter where it burns it will contribute to a warming climate and facilitating the continued use of such an antiquated, dirty fossil fuel is unconscionable. Port Metro Vancouver should halt this project!
DeltaBritish Columbia
Brian DanielcoalCoal is yesterdays energy. In China 4000 people a year die from coal smog.
Look to the future not the past
ParksvilleBritish Columbia
Susan HooperThermal coal shipping facilityPlease do not allow Fraser Surrey Docks to load giant coal ships on the Fraser River right across from where I (and thousands of others) live. I want to protect my quality of life as well as future generations. I am also concerned about the impact on the fish and other wildlife in the fraser river. We should not be sending coal to Asia in any case.New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Alban GouldenNo More Thermal Coal Ports in B.C. pleaseAs with most energy initiatives these day, the Federal Government has negated democratic input and consultation in favour of processes that rubber-stamp the results they want (at the behest of the energy corporations). I especially oppose this particular case with thermal coal. And I desperately hope the next federal election allows our democracy to function well enough to change the government and its perspectives on these issues. However, in the meantime I suspect I'll probably pay the price by ending up on someone's list somewhere for employing my democratic right to peacefully provide my opinion. Thank you.New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Adam MahonEnough of fossil fuels.The residents of bc and beyond deserve a say in what goes on here, unless you've lived in a coal mine without any interaction with the outside world you may have heard that 97-98% of scientists all agree that climate change is happening, and we are making it worse, coal is a dirty dirty energy source, currently the jobs are 2-1 in favour of renewable energies. We need to keep moving in that direction and not backwards, or "business as usual". We are already feeling the affects of climate change, WE need to make a change, not tomorrow, now.LangleyBritish Columbia
Diana HardackerNo to new coal ports in BCI found it ironic that I recently completed a B.C. Government survey "Climate Action Leadership". If the BC Government is truly serious about climate change we must wean ourselves off fossil fuels. We must also stop mining coal, and stop exporting coal.Chemainus, BCBritish Columbia
Steve DenrocheNo new coal shipping facilities in B.C.!When it comes to planning for projects that have long term impact on our community and planet, you owe it to those affected to have a transparent process in order for residents to be apprised of what you intend to do and to have their concerns taken seriously.
After enduring a second summer in drought-like conditions here in British Columbia, I don't know how you can even consider shipping U.S. thermal coal out of British Columbia. Furthermore, how can you expect us to take seriously a process in which we express our concerns to the proponent? I understand there has been no Health Impact Assessment for Fraser Surrey Docks proposal, no assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island, and no consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects along the West Coast.

Canadians need more than jobs. We need to know our government is doing the right thing for us and the planet.
North VancouverBritish Columbia
Michael WindrimSurrey docks coal expansionYou really want to dredge a river from the docks to the deep ocean. You want to tear out a functioning tunnel and build a muti-Billion dollar bridge with taxpayer dollars. You want to do all this with no suppliers signed up. What drugs have you all been smoking? Get a grip. We do not want this project to move ahead. Just STOP IT!!Heriot BayBritish Columbia
Wendy Southwe the joe public are the governmentit is not democratic when the govt tries to dictate what is going down, there are reasons why we the public don't want t to be left out of the loop. we want to preserve our waters and lands for future generations and that means fighting all the way to keep it out of the hands of those who would exploit all of our natural resources for the almighty buck/loonie.NanaimoBritish Columbia
mei lin yeoellFraser Surrey Docks Coal Port ProposalStay away from our rivers and coasts and leave your polluying product in the ground where it truly belongs......and put your money into growing GREEN ENERGYZ.LangleyBritish Columbia
Nancy CrozierCoal ships on top of DilBit.. Tanker traffic in Vancouver watersPort MetroVancouver Authorities are making huge decisions to clot up our waters with giant coal ships on the Fraser River headed for Texada Island. These decisions should not be made in isolation by the Port Authority. Consultation should be given to the public, and the many Gulf Islanders who will be impacted by these decisions. Already there have been protests on Gabriola Island against 5 Anchorages for coal vessels off the populated island's coast, which will affect our community. Canada's Fossil fuel transportation should be examined in the larger context of global warming as Lisa Raitt -Minister of Transport should know.
The idea of the public complaining directly to the proponent is absurd. The American coal companies are not the Port Authority nor are the shipping companies who intend to barge this polluting fossil fuel to China. It is Port Metro Vancouver whose job it is to examine permits, docking facilities, using their expertise and knowledge of shipping traffic and liabilities to come to a safe and economical decision.
An impact assessment of the barge route to Texada must be done to take into account the increase in tanker traffic by the proposed Kinder Morgans Dilbit pipeline in the waters off Vancouver for a start and the already inadequate harbours need for increased tanker berths.
And where is the public consultation about the disruption this traffic will bring to an area of fisheries and pleasure boating, tourism and First Nations? Surely such decisions should not be made in isolation without public input? I encourage the Minister of Transport and Port Metro Vancouver to reconsider this shipping proposal and examine the risks and ecological impact it entails.
GabriolaBritish Columbia
Ben Singleton-PolsterFraser Surrey Coal PortHi,

I am writing today to express my concern about the change in scope of the proposed shipping terminal at Fraser Surrey Docks. I am concerned that the added traffic of ocean going vessels and barges will cause significant environmental impact. I am concerned that there has been no health impact assessment completed. I also believe that an assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island needs to be completed prior to the project proceeding. The public should be given the opportunity to comment on these assessments. At present there have been no public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions.

I look forward to your responses in these important matters.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Cheryl MacgregorThermal Coal Port in BCThe whole methodology the Port Metro Vancouver is using, for lack of a better descriptor is "horse shit". The loading of coal right on the Fraser River is a bad idea. Sending comments to the proponent is crazy. This is too risky.MervilleBritish Columbia
Diana MonksSurrey Docks and Coal ExportWe do not want coal shipped out of docks in Surrey. Please do allow Kinder Morgan to be allowed to make decisions re. citizens comments. Thank you.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Donna SharpeFraser Surrey DocksThis not only impacts the Greater Vancouver area and Fraser River, it is incredibly important for all Canadians to have their say in this matter. As a Canadian and someone who was born and raised in BC, this whole 'review' is nothing but a sham and definitely isn't an open and ongoing dialogue, or even consultation for that matter.CalgaryAlberta
Don AndersonFraser Surrey Docks Coal PortWake up to 2015 Unelected, bias leaders have no right to decide on projects that effect the public without accountability to the communities and general public. Take this decision away from the foxes running our hen house. STOP this madness now. STOP this coal port in its tracks. Have you heard of global warming? How about the citizens of B Cs health?Fraser Surrey Docks only care about profits and environmental destruction.Alert BayBritish Columbia
Pat JacobsonCoal PortsIt is inconceivable to me that in the year 2015, with a global climate crisis emerging, that we are letting self-serving corporate entities call the shots with the implicit support of our Federal Government.
The voice of British Columbians needs to be heard. Given the potential profound impacts on our air, land, and water it is totally unacceptable to have no meaningful public consultation process.
Qualicum BeachBritish Columbia
Alex ThummReal public engagementGood morning,

As a student in urban studies researching public engagement in planning at Simon Fraser University, it's clear that Port Metro Vancouver is not following best practices in engagement. Study after study shows how much value there is to public engagement. Port Metro Vancouver would benefit from the collective wisdom of Metro Vancouver residents being incorporated into its planning and projects. Public engagement allows authorities to tap into this knowledge and collective deliberation for a much lower cost than hiring consultants.

I encourage you to respect our democracy and involve the people.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Tom McIllfaterickCoal Export ProposalsNo proposal to export thermal coal from Port Metro Vancouver regulated facilities should be permitted without a full and open public hearing. This hearing should be specifically mandated to address the following:
- Health impact assessment.
- Assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island.
- consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects.
VancouverBritish Columbia
nadene mortonno new coal port at fraser surrey docksi cannot understand why you would shove this down the throats of british columbians when you know perfectly well that coal is a dirty, disgusting, polluting fuel. to load these huge tankers right on the fraser river is nuts.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Barb FraserNO! to thermal coal ports in BC!NO!NO!NO!This idea is obscene! And it is GREED and GREED alone that is the power or force behind it! Further, we all know that this will pollute our water, it is not a matter of if but simply when! We get the desperation behind the filthy coal industry and indeed the desperation generally of our friendly neighbour to the south and our friends in China! However, this is NOT the way! Any thinking individual can see that, that is…any individual not blinded by corporate greed! If I, as an individual citizen proposed this, I would be accused, and rightly so! Of Treason! How many times do we have to say No! I was born in this beautiful city and province and I am getting weary of saying it, but will continue to do so when and wherever it is necessary! I would say where is the ethics? but ethics when discussing the coal industry is a bit of an oxymoron now isn't it! NO! to the US coal and oil industry and NO! To China's coal and oil industry too! For Shame on the city councils of Surrey and Vancouver and the province of BC for even considering this! NO! NO! NO! Are you hearing me now?VancouverBritish Columbia
Daniel BrixpolutionStand next to the coal trains running by as you vote for your decisions.

Like the bad dog with its nose forced to the poop, you probably don't understand but the repetition of this angry sound (the people) will teach you right from wrong.
SurreyBritish Columbia
Jane CamfieldPermission denied!To the Port Metro Vancouver Authority,
Since ports operate ostensibly to improve the economic welfare of all Canadians, a coal port in the location, and of the size you seek is completely against the welfare of Canadians. People and waterways are at risk in the densely crowded Lower Mainland. The proposed coal port is NOT in the interests of Canadians' health and welfare. Crowded shipping routes, polluted waterways and diminishing air quality are so obviously wrong-- which is why citizens like me urge you to abandon this ill-begotten project. In fact, you should release all documents concerning this project for public scrutiny, then resign as a body.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Bodhi McGeestop the coal portIm against the idea of starting a coal port in vancouver. Coal is dead. this is just money hungry non democratic power lust and nobody in charge seems to care about the greater good, the environment or our planets future.CourtenayBritish Columbia
peter NixCoal and climate changeThe world is entering a carbon bubble ; hopefully in time to prevent huge damage from climate change. Meanwhile PET is promoting coal exports like the T Rex of social responsibility and morality. I quit my job as reclamation biologist for oil sands companies and I urge you to quit coal.duncanBritish Columbia
Patric GrahamPort Metro VancouverWe the people do not want coal transport in the Fraser river. Take the time and talk to the people instead of heading to your political masters.KitimatBritish Columbia
Sarbrinder LalliNo thermal coal ports in B.C.The government should not allow new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C.

Fraser Surrey Docks first proposed to build a new shipping facility for U.S. thermal coal in 2012 so they could barge coal to Texada Island to be loaded onto oceangoing vessels bound for Asia. Now the company has changed plans to make the project even worse: they want to directly load giant coal ships right on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver, AND send barges of coal to Texada Island.

Despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:

- 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

This is not how to run a country.
SurreyBritish Columbia
joan russowno new thermal portsThere must be divestment from fossil fuels, including coal, and an end to the export of fossil fuelsVictoriaBritish Columbia
Joan SellFraser Surrey Docks new shipping facility proposalI am very concerned over this proposal.
First there should be an independent health study. Coal should not be barged to Texada Island putting the Georgia Straight at risk of coal spills. Consider the other impacts of shipping here including probable future LNG shipments.
There should at least be a Public Hearing on this.
Campbell RiverBritish Columbia
Kelsey CrozierPlease stop the coalLet coal die like the aged dinosaur it is. Please do not approve another coal export facility in the lower mainland.NanaimoBritish Columbia
Robert BlairDangerous Developments Put Public at Risk
Coal is a proven carcinogenic material and as such should be handled with due care and caution.

No consideration to the health of humans or other animals, birds, or fish has even been considered in this scandalous project.

There has been no consideration along any of the route to Texada Island as to effects of pollution and devastation of the environment.

No thought has been given to accumulated damage and or disaster from multiple existing as well as new proposed export projects or any other form of degradation coming from this madness and greed.

Your fear of public hearings is well founded as you know full well that these insane projects are non starters all over north america and beyond.

There is a federal election soon, we must invite the minister to explain herself as to why she has rubber stamped this project. We would invite Premier Chirsty Clark to defend her actions as well, who will also be up for election as well in two years time, perhaps at these intervals we will get some accountability.

In my mind ecoterrorism is a very serious crime and should be prosecuted and punished as such.
SurreyBritish Columbia
April WatsonNo coalWe do not want this project to go forward. the potential for disaster is too much, we need studies, we need real public inputSurreyBritish Columbia
April WatsonNo coalWe do not want this project to go forward. the potential for disaster is too much, we need studies, we need real public inputSurreyBritish Columbia
Jade BurnsidePlease don't allow coal export expansionCoal is bad for people and the environment and we should not be facilitating its use and putting ourselves in harm's way in the process.

This is a bad idea, no matter how attractive the financial returns for the port authority and government.

We need to make choices based on principles, not short term gains.

Thank you.
GibsonsBritish Columbia
Douglas CochraneWhy would you want to ship coal????We could spend a lot of time and effort thinking about whether or not to export coal, but the rest of the world has already decided they don't want coal, thus the low price.....this doesn't even begin to think about the health dangers associated with the shipping....the dust and dirt that will pollute the pristine environment of BC, not to mention the children's lungs living downwind of the facility.NanaimoBritish Columbia
Peter MilburnPort Metro Vancouver Coal ExportsPort Metro Vancouver should be held accountable to the democratic will of BC residents!VictoriaBritish Columbia
George EllentonFraser Surrey Dock Coal PortHere is a novel idea. We are talking about American Thermal Coal - DIRTY coal. Why not tell the Americans to ship that crap out of an American port - say Bellingham or Everett.
We don't want or need a coal port on the Fraser River - home of the largest salmon runs in the world.
Tell the Americans to take their coal and SHIP IT (out of an American Port)!
Delta BCBritish Columbia
Brenda RossFraser Surrey Docks Coal Port ProposalAs a long time Delta resident, I urge you to listen to the citizens of BC and halt this proposal in its tracks. While I am pleased I can participate in the public comment, it feels a bit like asking MacDonalds to make recommendations to Health Canada about diet. I ask that you listen to objective scientific experts regarding the local and global health and environmental impacts instead and decide not to move forward with this project.

The movement of coal ships down the Fraser will negatively impact the health of people along its route due to dissemination of coal dust, and when the thermal coal is burned in China and sends toxic chemicals into the environment, that ultimately affects everyone who can breathe.

The transfer of coal from trains to large coal ships at the Fraser Surrey Docks will negatively impact the livelihood of people in New Westminster who enjoy the beauty of the river at the New West Quay. The water treatment needed on Annacis Island to process coal waste water will lead to toxic materials being expelled into our river and strain our sewer system. The ships are very large and require deep dredging which will change our Fraser River and impact marine life. This in turn will impact the livelihood of people who work on the river and those who rely on fishing and nature for their livelihoods. It will negatively impact the quality of life of all people who live along the river.

There needs to be an assessment of the project holistically in terms of human health, the impact on the river, air and water pollution, and the impact on marine life. Stop letting industry dictate to the citizens of BC. This project should not be allowed. Only a few people will benefit financially- the owners of the Fraser Surrey Docks who I think are Australian, and the small number of workers there. And it will leave behind a damaged river, destroy fish habitat, negatively impact human health locally and globally, threaten fishery and tourism jobs and reduce quality of life along the river. Thermal coal export is a bad idea. Don't contribute to its use.
DeltaBritish Columbia
Robert WrightFraser Surrey DocksWith dozens of issues that one should address in this century, why is economic gain the only consideration that takes the primary spot on the agenda? This is typically the position taken by business interests which shatters all credibility. The end of fossil fuels is upon us and if we don't act accordingly, all peoples on this earth will feel the consequences. Only those who act responsible now will be in a position to enjoy the new world so be smart and forget about any efforts to make money at the expense of global pollution. It's an ephemeral and no-win situation.Fenelon FallsOntario
Frank MitchellCoal Export Port VancouverPlease take all measures necessary to ensure that no more resources are expended on seeking to develop coal export capacity at Fraser Surrey Docks. This idea is unlikely to be economic (just who will supply the coal? or likely buy it as international action ramps up to limit GHG emissions), is environmentally undesirable, and would constitute another piece of evidence that Canada is not the least bit interested in dealing with the causes of climate change. Please stop this nonsense.MetchosinBritish Columbia
Jeffery BucoveLocal Impact, Local AuthorityYour reckless abandon will result in Tianjin coming to Vancouver. Your feckless pride endangers us all.

I oppose any coal port on the BC coast. The existing one already looses money and damages the environment with impunity.

The people of this great nation will see to it you and your works are dealt with appropriately.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Carol SalmelaWe don't need this here!No thanks to coal imports and coal (a dirty fuel) being handled in metropolitan Vancouver!

Why hasn't there been consultation with local governments and people????? The health of BC residents and countryside are more important than the pocketbooks of coal importers/handlers or exporters. Give us a say!
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Susanna KaljurCoal export proposalDear Port Metro Vancouver Decision Makers,
I am a Canadian voter and citizen deeply concerned about the proposal to load coal ships on the Fraser River and send barges of coal to Texada Island. I live in visual sight of Texada Island to barge coal anywhere on this coast is environmentally irresponsible and is contrary to the task of reducing fossil fuel use in order to keep our planet healthy.
We are in the midst of an extreme drought, ocean temperatures and acidification are rising to levels that are unsustainable for life as we know it.
Further the Port Metro Vancouver has refused to address Health Impact Assessment with no assessment of impacts along barge routes to Texada. This is criminal as Baynes Sound has a large aquaculture industry which is in peril. There has been no consideration of cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects (LNG (which for the record is not a "green" fossil fuel but methane), KinderMorgan etc.) and last but NOT least no public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions despite despite unprecedented public opposition and concern from local governments, health authorities, businesses, unions and community groups.
This is unacceptable.
Courtenay BCBritish Columbia
Florence HawkerCoal Port ExpansionOur land, and our ocean need to be pristine. We rely our land and ocean to feed us. The transportation of coal and oil is not conducive to that goal nor is the government's involvement in back patting the corporations who applying to undertake such an operation.
The government needs to disassociate themselves from all projects and act in the interests of the people of Canada, not in the interests of a billionaire few.
Port Metro Canada is not independent from the 'judgement' they will provide on loading giant coal ships.
They must be.
BurnabyBritish Columbia
Wendy DelfinPlease Stop Mining Coal AlreadyHaven't you seen enough lives lost and people suffer from global climate change? Please stop coal mining already, and stop supporting its industry. It doesn't even attract viable business, and is already costing the health of citizens who work for it live around it - which in turn costs Canada more money in the long run. Please stop this nonsense.VancouverBritish Columbia
Patricia SieberCoal exports from Fraser Surrey DocksOnce again I am alarmed that decisions regarding what can and should be allowed to be transported through or exported from Canadian lands and waters, is being decided by unelected individuals whose only appear to be accountable to their corporate clients. There are many environmental and human concerns that go beyond profit for shareholders, that are not being considered. Please listen to the voices of affected citizens and address the following deficiencies:

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.
Ucluelet, B.C.British Columbia
Lanie SullivanBC deserves a say!We, The citizens of BC MUST have a say regarding the development of our surrey port. Coal is not enviromentally safe for our global Environment and we need a say in the decision making process. NO new coal port!PsrksvilleBritish Columbia
Penny OsborneI didn't vote for communism!FEDERAL port authority and with a FEDERAL election coming up - doesn't take a Einstein to know who I won't be voting for.

This is a democracy. We have a right to be heard and direct the process.
CoquitlamBritish Columbia
bruce huntno coal exports from fraser surrey docksthis project is hazardous to health, and responsible for further global climate change and jeoprodizes the wellbeing of the communities. Further, the large coal vessels have no place to anchor and the federal government should not be anchoring supertankers off of vancouver island, primarily cowichan bay and / or the gulf islands, proposed east side of gabriola island. Anchors will damage the seafloor and disrupt local fisheries. There are multiple reasons why supertankers, the size of large apartment buildings, should not be anchored off the east coast of gabriola island!vancouver / gabriolaBritish Columbia
John McKinnonCoal Port Fraser Surrey DocksNo.ComoxBritish Columbia
Mary MccarrickNo to Coal!We are strongly opposed to any US Thermal coal being transported through our community and shipped from the Surrey Docks.

We have lived in the Surrey/Delta area since 1969 when we emigrated from a former coal mining area in the North East of England. Our family is long familiar with the consequences of coal and now we find our home in “super natural” British Columbia under this same threat of pollution. Even as our American cousins refuse to transport this (their own coal) by way of their coasts, our representatives and agencies ignore their citizens desires and concerns, appearing completely willing to risk our environment in favor of this destructive industry.

We have seen first hand the damage coal dust can do to communities, witnessing friends die young and/or end up with coal related health problems. This dust is extremely fine and impossible to control. It blows high into the atmosphere and drifts for miles. It blows in the wind and collects in our lungs. It collects on trees and plants to fall off in clumps when it rains. it soils the sands of our beaches. It soils the land, collecting on roads and pavement, accumulating in runoff to enter our streams, rivers and habitat.

Our own home, garden and sundeck has seen a noticeable increase year after year of black dust. We are now having to power wash every month and our window screens quickly become covered in black dust which returns in less than 48 hrs after washing. This is what we and our children our now breathing! I have shown samples and pictures of this to our member of parliament Jasbir Sandhu yet it seems even his complaints fall on deaf ears. Federal politicians who do not live in our community are deciding our fate in favor of their influential affiliations and are showing no concern for us!

Our neighborhoods, businesses, in fact every sector of our community will have to spend countless more dollars and hours to keep properties and belongings clean. Cars will require more washing, windows more cleaning, our public spaces will get dirtier, businesses will spend more, municipal workers will need to clean more, more water will be wasted and our taxes will go up! All this impact for such a limited number of jobs!

The few jobs created by the coal proposal simply doesn't nearly offset the expense and environmental impact upon our community. It is a fallacy to believe this dust can be contained successfully during it's movement and transport as Washington and Oregon have clearly already decided and it is a disgrace that our province, renowned for clean living, is even entertaining accepting america’s unwanted coal.
SurreyBritish Columbia
David WhitmoreAge of Coal is endingEven the US President says it time to end the use of coal. We don't need to risk our environment so a few can make big bucks selling the stuff to China and other environment neglecters.
Get you campaign dollars from more responsible corporations and protect our environment. We don't need this.
Vancouver, BCBritish Columbia
Jenni MacKendrickCoal Export ProposalsThe Federal Government should listen to the citizens of BC, as to whether they want coal exports expanded. The government is supposed to work for the people, not the people working for the government; the government is supposed to put its citizens needs before corporations. Do this or be forgotten as we find a government who doesLangleyBritish Columbia
Michele PartridgeNo more COALStop thinking about NOW, think about the FUTURE!
You know what's right.

Do the right thing for the next generation.

If you don't, B.C. will be a different place for your grand kids.
White RockBritish Columbia
Susan QuippNo coal export from Canadian portsCome on, you guys, this is a no brainer. Just NO, NO, NO to this stupid plan, no matter what the useless regulator might permit. NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!VictoriaBritish Columbia
Nicole BoonNo CoalPlease do not allow new thermal coal ports to be built at the Fraser Surrey Docks. I am deeply concerned as someone who lives just across the Fraser river and has an infant who's tiny little lungs will be put at risk, along with everyone else's. We the citizens of Greater Vancouver do not want this toxic, outdated fuel here. Please do not bring this to your Country and let it harm its people.Maple RidgeBritish Columbia
Jane-Ann KayMy community does not want a coal port or the barging of coal on the Fraser.I do not want a coal port or transfer station or the barging of coal on the Fraser River. My family does not want this and my community does not want this. We need to get off fossil fuels instead of encouraging their use. Please consider a more environmentally friendly industry in that location instead. Our family of 5 lives minutes from the Fraser River. There is abundant wildlife and many people fish there. I am proud that it is a working river but it is very backward thinking to be considering shipping dirty coal down it.VancouverBritish Columbia
Jane-Ann KayMy community does not want a coal port or the barging of coal on the Fraser.I do not want a coal port or transfer station or the barging of coal on the Fraser River. My family does not want this and my community does not want this. We need to get off fossil fuels instead of encouraging their use. Please consider a more environmentally friendly industry in that location instead. Our family of 5 lives minutes from the Fraser River. There is abundant wildlife and many people fish there. I am proud that it is a working river but it is very backward thinking to be considering shipping dirty coal down it.VancouverBritish Columbia
Eric MewCoal ExportPlease do not allow industries to run roughshod over the residents.BurnabyBritish Columbia
Tracy JonesNo Coal Port on Fraser RiverFraser Surrey Docks' proposal to barge coal to Texada Island then shipped to Asia was already too dangerous for our coast. Building a thermal coal port on the Fraser River as well is absolutely unacceptable and should never be allowed to happen.

Despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps Port Metro Vancouver has refused to address:

-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

As a Vancouver resident, i expect all of the above and even more due diligence to take place before a project of this magnitude is even considered, let alone approved.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Sarah KennedyNo CoalPlease consider the long-term and environmental impacts carefully. Coal cannot be the future.SquamishBritish Columbia
Sarah Findlayno coal!Burning coal is old and dirty technology. To plan for a healthy future we need to focus on changing the way we do things, not doing the things that we know are bad for our planet. We should be focusing on clean technology and not trying to squeeze every last dirty dollar we can out of archaic traditions like burning coal to run a steam engine.

Do not attempt to ship coal from Vancouver. An accident is 100% sure to happen and that will be worse for our environment and public relations than you could ever dream.

If you care anything about this planet STOP these antiquated ideas NOW.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Joanna MacleanCoal portPlease do not go forward with the planned coal port. We need to divest from fossil fuels not invest in them.VancouverBritish Columbia
Caroline Deschenesnew thermal coal portsWe won't allow new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C. before assessments and consultation are completed.
I.e.Health Impact Assessment; assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island; consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects, and public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions.
British Columbians will not allow risky fossil fuel export projects to forced on us without consultation..
SquamishBritish Columbia
Graham RobertsonNo New Coal PortWith new U.S. legislation the coal industry's days are numbered.DeltaBritish Columbia
Laura Van StraatenNo New Coal PortPlease no New Coal Port! Think about the consequences not only to the environment but to the health of our citizens of beautiful British Columbia.

As a concerned citizen a health impact assessment must be done, and at least a public hearing or consideration of public input in permit decisions.

As one citizen voice among many, and a proud British Columbia member I am sure our provincial government will step up to the plate and do the right thing!
DeltaBritish Columbia
jesse hallcoal shmoalplease consider viable sustainable energy for the sake of humanity!!
how many time must you 'leaders of the environment' ignore the public and the earth? smarten up already, you cannot eat money.
NanaimoBritish Columbia
Catherine HillCoal PortThe world is moving beyond coal. Canada is lagging behind moving towards green energy and renewables. We could be a leader in technology research and development of such technologies and energy services.

Stop digging your heads deeper under the ground. Come up and look around! The world is changing. Time for Canada to get with it.

Start moving forward beyond coal and oil to take us into our new stage of power services. Now!
Denman IslandBritish Columbia
Anu Rao, MSc, RPBioB.C. Deserves A Say Over Coal Export ProposalsLocal residents have opposed coal transport in the area due to its inherent risks, and the backward nature of continuing to use climate-change-causing coal rather than clean and renewable energy sources. We are facing a climate crisis and must do everything to reverse our emissions, not add to them.

Furthermore, it is absolutely corrupt for project proponents to be assessing comments from the public. They must be received by an objective third party.

Thank you for hearing my concerns.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Jerome PimmelI demand that BC is given a voice in decisions about port useOnce again sickening opaque decision making processes (rubber stamping dressed up such) is going to be the business as usual way for Federal and private interests.

As a citizen, a father and as someone who cares deeply about our future I demand an accountable system, with proper oversight and which accounts for the damaging impacts of fossil fuel use.

Your failure to consider these will damage future generations prospects including your own children.

Face up to the reality of climate change and enough corporate servility and personal avarice.
VancouverBritish Columbia
mei lin yeoellCoal exportsGet with the program.....coal is dead. why build infrastructure to support the trade of such a polluting products ...one which destroys health and lives along the entire line from extraction to use? Help build a liveable future instead of contributing to the death of the planet.langkeyBritish Columbia
Barry Finchcoal portHello I'd like to not see any further expansion of coal exports on this side of the boarder just like they did on the US side. The US isn't allowing any further coal export developments and neither should we!North SaanichBritish Columbia
Kate VincentNew Coal PortI vehemently oppose plans to build a thermal coal plant on the Fraser River.

I know a woman who lives in Tsawwassen about 2 km. from the existing coal terminal. She has to wash her house once a year to get the coal dust off of it. Don't know how she gets it out of her lungs.

How is it possible that you do not comprehend the dangers facing us all if we do not cut our CO2 emissions starting NOW?

How is it possible that you still put the profits of shareholders and CEOs over the good of the planet and its beautiful diversity?

How is it possible that our leaders are more interested in growing the economy than protecting their citizens from the reprecussions of continued exploitation of fossil fuels?

It is inconceivable that you would presume that Canadians would accept a plan to export U.S. coal that the people of the U.S. refuse to export. Are you idiots?

It is past time to abandon these self-destructive attitudes and accept that renewable and clean energy options are fully capable of providing the energy and jobs that we need if only you would stop pushing these deadly alternatives and invest
in them.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Linda LarsenCoal port on the Fraser riverNo to this idea! Don't want all the coal dust floating across the river, not to mention the unsightly look of a coal port. This is added pollution to our environment.New westminsterBritish Columbia
Phyllis RuthvenStop the import of dirty coalThe proposed setting up of Surrey Docks to handle dirty coal from US that West Coast US PORTS has firmly opposed is wrong from start to finish. This coal will be shipped via rail from US through Whiterock beach area, a busy family and tourist area. It will then proceed through Whiterock across Boundary Bay mud flats, a prime fish ,shellfish and avian habitat. The route will then proceed acoss land alongside Burns Bog,a World Heritage Ecological Site and the "lungs of the Lower Mainland. These "lungs" along with the lungs of all the people along this route will be impacted by coal dust from the train as well as particulate from the burning of fuel to run the trains.
The cargo will the proceed to the Surrey docks to be offloaded onto hugh Panama sized cargo ships to plow up the Fraser River (a prime salmon migration route and endangered sturgeon habitat).
The size of these ships will require further deep digging out of the river bed, thus desturbing the ecology of the river even more. These ships will then proceed into the Salish Sea where these ships will further impact our endagered J pod whales which frequent the inner passage up and down the coast to past Point Roberts US. These whales will be subjected to the noise under water resulting from these hugh ships that will impact their sonar signalling to one another and food finding. They will also be subjected to danger of being hit by these hugh ships.
Planned anchorage off the southern islands for ships waiti g cargo and pilot ships poses other problems mainly air pollution by these dirty deisel burning ships , possible bilge pumping(clandestinely..and don't tell me it doesn't happen) , and again impact on fish and whakes in the area.
At the port itself even though precautions will be taken, there is no way that dirty coal dust laden with mercury, arsenic and other deliterious chemicals used to suppress dust will not impact the surrounding neighbourhood, land and waterways. The port has also applied to Metro to dispose of water used to wash down rail cars and port grounds. This application if approved will inject all that dust and deliterious chemicals into our already over burdened sewage system, possibly leading to much of these chemicals to be rereleased into the river .
This dirty coal is destined for China , a country whose air is already so polluted that the populous is forced to wear face masks. China has finally woken up to the impact of the effect of this on their population's health and wellbeing. They are pushing as quickly as possible to switch to clean technologies such as wind and solar power. Mr Buffit who own the rail this coal isbeing shipped on is helping China to move forward on solar power. Good on him on that , but in the meantime he is pushing some of the dirtiest coal in the US on them.
A senior employee of the port on Texada Island,where coal was/is to be barged for transfer to cargo ships is quoted as stating that the coal will not impact us as it will be burned in China! Sorry sir, this is one earth. What impactes the air andcland in one counrty effects us all.
There is another impact locally of the Texada coal transfer. Many of the Islanders are reliant on collected rainwater for domestic use ( drinking water, washing , watering food gardens and livestock). They are extremely concerned how this transfer of coal will impact that resource.
Please follow our counterparts in the US and stop this rush by US coal barons in their last hurrah of coal mining and shipping to the detriment of all from the health impacted miners to all along the route to destination of the dirty coal.
DeltaBritish Columbia
Madeline SloanLet BC Votr - ON EVERYTHINGhere are still major gaps the port has refused to address:

- 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

This "process" is a disgrace to our democracy & to our climate. A 26 year old 7th Generation Canadian should not feel ashamed of her government, and yet, here we are, ashamed as ever.

You are wasting my youth with stress & fear over our collective futures due to "People Last" Decision-Making. I shouldn't have to spend hours a week reading and petitioning and sending letters. We should be happy & free to focus on better our personal lives instead of constantly battling our elected officials.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Lisa WuNo Coal Port in the Fraser RiverI live in South Burnaby, right by the Fraser River where the proposed coal port is going to be. The port authority is run by unelected leaders whose interests are corporate profits over people, the environment, and the community. The public oppose this dangerous project. We don't want our community and environment to be polluted with coal vessels.

Moreover, the following has not been done:
- 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

The community is opposed to this project. This project will be hazardous to our health, the environment, the global climate, and to the future of our community. Stop investing in dirty energy and start investing in clean energy.

Lisa Wu
Burnaby, BC
BurnabyBritish Columbia
Andrea HealNo Coal PleaseI attended a town hall meeting with representatives from public health, air quality experts, the owner of the FSD, and local residents. The conclusion at the end of the day was that there is a risk to public health, and air quality would definitely be compromised (how far reaching would depend on various factors). The facility would only provide 50 new jobs. I cant see how this plan can be good, and the we all know that coal is the worst contributer to global warming. This facility should not go ahead.New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Diane FrancisNo Coal Port in Vancouver!Put the money towards clean energy. Think of the people of the province of BC/Canada for once instead of greedy self-interested, bloated corporations and yourselves and lining your own pockets. Disgusting and unacceptable!!!VictoriaBritish Columbia
Deanna Partridge-DavidCitizens have right to decideWe don't want a new coal port. There shouldn't be "new coal" anything. It's a dying source of dirty energy and the risks and costs to our environment and health are not worth it. It's time for building a clean energy sector in BC.coquitlamBritish Columbia
Ron PascoeCoal exportsB.C. Deserves A Say Over Coal Export Proposals. And we say NO WAY! We must reduce our global carbon emissionsVancouverBritish Columbia
Al VartyA BAD IDEAStop this unelected board from shipping the dirtiest coal to the most polluted country. California, Oregon and Washington have already said No to this bad idea.VancouverBritish Columbia
Jennie MilliganNo more thermal coal portsI am opposed to a new shipping facility for thermal coal on the Fraser River. BC should not participate in exporting thermal coal which contributes to climate change. On a local level, Port Metro Vancouver needs to do a better job of listening to citizens.VancouverBritish Columbia
Eric VerbeekNo thermal Coal Export Please!Quite simply, the new coal port will be a shaft to persons living along the coal route, and near the dock, and to the air of the earth.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Coral ChristiansonNo coal in Fraser Surrey DocksIt is NOT time to be promoting poor environmental practices and risking or precious Fraser River! The public does not want this project to go through. I am thoroughly disgusted with the lack of respect given to the public on this matter. It is time to listen to what the people of these communities want.ABBOTSFORDBritish Columbia
Andrew HoarNo to Coal Port ExpansionDear Sir

Please reject the proposed Fraser Surrey Docks coal port.
The local Vancouver environment doesn't need this blight on its landscape.
The Earth's environment would benefit from these fossil fuels remaining in the ground.

Please allow public comment and hearings on this proposed project.
Lake LouiseAlberta
Susan LeekNO TO THERMAL COAL PORT, ETCWe have to stop doing things that add to global warming and the destruction of our coastline and environment.

80% of thermal coal must remain in the ground to help thwart global warming.

We should not use energy to dig it up - transport it - or use it. Please STOP.
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Stuart BownessA firm no to coal export proposalsDear sir/madam,

I write to you as I am firmly against the proposed plan to export coal through our local waters. This proposal not only clearly is lacking in democratic process but is firmly against the long term interests of the majority of taxpayers given the level of ecological damage that will occur.

The citizens of British Columbia deserve a say over coal export proposals.

Your sincerely,
Stuart Bowness
CEO, MediaCore
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Douglas MasseyU.S.A. coall Exports Surrey Fraser DocksThe Fraser River Estuary is a living, breathing food source and maintaining it so it can continue, is more of an economic factor than using it to export U.S.A. coal. THe rest of the world considers it of irreplaceable international ecological importance for migratory birds and fish species and diverse habitats that support a multitude of species and exporting coal could very well destroy it and ruin the health of the many people who live around it. Stop trying to make the Surrey Fraser Docks into a deep-sea port at the expense of the people and their environment.DeltaBritish Columbia
Racquel WingerterNo new coal portBc deserves a sayPowell RiverBritish Columbia
Ian MunroProposed Thermal Coal Exports from Port of VancouverIt is appalling that PMV and the Federal and Provincial government are blithely proceeding with the ill-conceived plan to export coal from Fraser Surrey. They have no social license to do this! There has been no independent comprehensive Health impact assessment which would have to include the diesel pollution along the rail line, the coal dust in and around the transhipment facility and the barge route to Texada Island. Overarching these concerns is that the burning of coal is probably the worst of all fuels for GHG emissions. I have worked on the Fraser River and I know the challenges of shipping in that waterway. The probability of an accident prior to reaching the open water of the Pacific is very high, maybe within 10 years of the start of this project. Who is doing risk management? How can we have confidence in PMV when it behaves with such arrogance in its commercial boosterism?

Are we going to be contributing to diminishing climate change and the stopping the degradation of the oceans or are we going to add to the problem? If you insist on pursuing this bad idea of coal exports, we are clearly doing harm that will be viewed by history as reprehensible and unforgivable.
SecheltBritish Columbia
Bill DarnellDemocracy a nd CoalYou must hold a full environmental impact hearing with full public participation regarding any coal shipments from BC. This is one of the greatest salmon rivers in the world. Coal is a shutting down. Don't risk the future of salmon in order to squeeze the last few dollars of profit out of coal.VancouverBritish Columbia
Rosemary RannesNo New Coal PortWe won't allow new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C.
Signed to let the port and federal government know that British Columbians will not allow risky fossil fuel export projects to be rammed down our throats.
MississaugaOntario
Elizabeth DunnStrong need for democratic process for coal port reviewIt is absolutely essential that we have an unbiased and democratic and scientifically based review of the plans that Port Metro Vancouver has for putting in its major coal shipping plans.

There has been no Health Impact Assessment. While medical authorities have warned of the health hazards this industry driven review board has refused such an assessment. It is essential to have an unbiased Health Impact Assessment.

There has been NO assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island. This is a highly populated and ecologically viable and important area. An unbiased assessment of impacts is crucial.

There has been NO consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects. This is a crucial step and must be completed.

There has been NO public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions. This is reprehensible.

As a citizen concerned about the long term degradation of our environment that affects all people - indeed all life - I insist on proper unbiased reviews and public input in the decision making concerning these coal port plans. This affects us all.
VancouverBritish Columbia
bruce hermonBC demands a say over coal export proposalsPort Metro Vancouver can't be trusted with autonomous decisions over coal export proposals. Their interests are strictly economic, and they have already demonstrated a lack of concern and due diligence regarding environmental issues posed by such projects. There needs to be a health impact assessment, assessment of impact risks along proposed barge routes, and public hearings to ensure public input is considered for these projects.

To be completely honest, it is incredibly irresponsible and short-sighted for Canada to even still be pursuing fossil fuel development projects. Long term renewable energy sources and human population management are the way forward if we have any chance of reversing our destruction upon this planet. Start taking your responsibilities seriously and stop behaving like short-sighted, greedy sociopaths.
BurnabyBritish Columbia
Lee Lourdeauxre plans for thermal coal port at Fraser Surrey docksBefore any approval of a new thermal coal port, local authorities must first provide:
1) Health Impact Assessment
2) assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island
3) assess the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects
4) provide a series of public hearings or at least meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions
Regards,
LL
Vancouver
VancouverBritish Columbia
Gary GauthierVancouver exportsCoal is possibly the worst energy source going and should not be shipped, not only from Vancouver but from anywhere.
Leave it in the ground and if you insist on extracting it, then send it somewhere else.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Gwynne ThompsonFraser River Life and IndustryDear Mr. Silvester and Ms. Raitt
Please (1) inform yourselves of the scientific research on the effects of river dredging, and ship traffic on the Fraser River, and (2) withdraw your plan to dredge and increase ship traffic on the Fraser River. The marine life on the Fraser River is more valuable than the profit you hope to create through export of thermal coal, LNG and other fossil fuels.
DeltaBritish Columbia
Glenys StuartCoal exportsIndustry is destroying our world and must be changed to be sustainable. Listen to the public and people who care to make this happen. If you do, it will be far easier for you and everyone.North VancouverBritish Columbia
Kelly WidmeyerNo new coal port to be built in B.C."Beautiful British Columbia" - Keep it safe for ALL On and Off the land as we are ALL connected. NOW.KimberleyBritish Columbia
Lorisa SchouelaInsane proposalFraser Surrey Docks proposal to load giant coal ships right on the Fraser River in the heart of Metro Vancouver is irresponsible and short sighted because there has been
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.
Stop trying to ram this irresponsible project down the throats of British Columbians who will have to live with the consequences of your short-sighted and insane proposal.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Boundary Bay Conservation CommitteeMy opposition to any coal port on the Fraser RiverBoundary Bay Conservation Committee
Box 1251, Delta, B.C. V4M 3T3
[email protected]

21 August 2015
Port Metro Vancouver - Fraser Surrey Docks Coal Port Public Comment
Just over two years ago (12th June 2013), the Boundary Bay Conservation Committee (BBCC) attended a public hearing and made a submission to Metro Vancouver on the impacts of expanded coal shipment activity in Metro Vancouver.

The Boundary Bay Conservation Committee (BBCC) was established in 1988 to enhance public awareness of the Fraser River Estuary Ecosystem. Over twenty-five years, we have worked with conservation groups to obtain protection and recognition for this world-class ecosystem. This includes the 2012 Designation as a Wetland of International Significance, a Ramsar site; the 2004 designation as a Hemispheric Site in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network and the 2001 recognition by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA), incidentally the most significant IBA out of 597 sites in Canada.

The BBCC rejects any proposal to transport more coal by Port Metro Vancouver through the vital Fraser River Estuary Ecosystem, the Lower Mainland and Fraser River Valley. We are concerned globally, about Canada’s accountability for transporting more fossil fuels and contributing to increased global warming, and locally, about the cumulative impacts of fugitive coal dust particles, metal toxins and diesel transport pollution on air quality in the restricted air-shed of the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. We are concerned about the impacts on human health in all communities along the coal train and coal shipping routes as well as the cumulative impacts on agriculture in the Fraser Valley and on fish and wildlife in the Fraser River and its estuary ecosystem.

BBCC opposed the previous Fraser Surrey Docks proposal to build a Transfer Coal Port for handling thermal coal from the USA beside the Fraser River, barging coal down the Fraser River in open barges and up the Georgia Strait. But Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) ignored all public concerns about the lack of a proper environmental impact assessment and ignored calls for a thorough independent, comprehensive Health Impact Assessment by the Provincial Health Officer, Chief Medical Health Officers of Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, nine municipal and regional governments, six school boards, the BC Nurses’ Union, BC Teachers Federation and 45 doctors and health professors. In the face of this unprecedented opposition and concern, PMV allowed the development of its Fraser Surrey Docks-Texada Island Coal Transhipment Project.

Two years later, Fraser Surrey Docks is proposing to build a whole new Coal Port for shipping U.S.A. thermal coal. Now they want to load giant coal ships right on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver and the Fraser River Estuary Ecosystem. They also want to still send barges of coal to Texada Island. BBCC believes that this is a brand new proposal and that it needs to be reviewed by responsible federal and provincial agencies by an independent Environmental Review Process.

Until March 2013, the world renown cooperative environmental management model, namely the Fraser River Estuary Management Program (FREMP), brought together all three levels of government to conduct environmental reviews of development projects along the Fraser River was closed two years ago. The main developer on the Fraser River, Port Metro Vancouver (PMV), took over as the Lead Agency from FREMP for a “transition period”. But PMV is still handling all developments along the Fraser River which is an outrageous conflict of interest and an international embarrassment in terms of stewardship of the globally significant habitats in this ecosystem. The BBCC asks when will this dangerous farce be terminated?

Some issues that must be addressed in this new proposal:

Public Process

Proper public hearings must be held as part of a thorough Environmental and Health Review Process that formally includes Metro Vancouver. These hearings should include an opportunity for regional residents to question all aspects of the proposal and should incorporate testimony from expert witnesses. All proceedings should be public and recorded so that those not present can review testimony and responses from decision makers. Open houses held by the project proponent, Fraser Surrey Docks, in one community are an inadequate response to health, environmental and public concerns and we reject them as a legitimate form of public consultation (see Attachment).

Environmental Concerns

Readers of the Delta Optimist were greeted with the headline Surrey Fraser Docks seeking dust-free port when the first proposal by Fraser Surrey Docks-Texada Island Coal Transhipment Project. Part of the argument was that there would not be large piles of coal because the coal would be loaded immediately onto barges. This new proposal will require much larger piles of coal and much more coal dust for the air shed of the surrounding communities and ecosystem.

BBCC remembers the Delta Optimist photo April 2012 (Figure 1) and that was the result of only a 45km/hr. wind gust according to Westshore Terminals.



Figure 1. Photo: Jerry Bierens for Delta Optimist

Studies show that 500lbs to 1 ton of coal escapes as dust per rail car in transit depending on weather conditions (Figure 2). Coal trains from the USA are piled well above the top of each rail car maximizing the release of fugitive coal dust. It has been shown that a crust sprayed over the coal can break up over long journeys so it will be pretty ineffective by the time the train comes through Burns Bog let alone the White Rock - Surrey - Delta communities and the Fraser River Estuary ecosystem.



Figure 2. Fugitive Coal Dust from Trains.

Every time coal is handled, there is an escape of fugitive coal dust. Fraser Surrey docks will give at least two doses of coal dust: unloading the rail car into a pit, storage on site and then a conveyer belt to the ships. Unless each barge is covered, there will be fugitive dust all down the Fraser River, the greatest salmon river in the world, then all the way up the Georgia Strait to Texada Island where it will be handled at least twice more. This is a dangerous and ludicrous project.

Coal dust has not only deadly, inhalable fine particles that can stay airborne for days but also heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, mercury, and cadmium. Add to this diesel emissions from transport of coal by trains and ships, port equipment, barge tugs and further coal ships from Texada.

Health Concerns

The Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley air-shed is a restricted airspace because it is hemmed in by mountains to the north and south and with prevailing winds from the Georgia Strait the air pollutants are channelled in and up the valley (Figure 3).




















Figure 3. The Fraser Valley Airshed

The air-shed cumulatively traps pollution from ships, trucks, trains, road dust and fugitive coal dust. There are NO safe levels of particulates. The tiny ones, the PM
DeltaBritish Columbia
Karin WegnerMy opposition to any coal port on the Fraser RiverI am opposed to allowing coal freighters to dock in Surrey and load US thermal coal. If there weren't so many risks to our environment and our health, Us ports would handle this themselves. The handling of coal in our region not only brings those risk to us, but by transporting it, encourages its use, even though it will contribute to climate change.SurreyBritish Columbia
Rob MackenzieMy opposition to any coal port on the Fraser RiverI respectfully ask that you carefully consider the Surrey coal port application, both its positives and negatives.

A few well paid jobs and spinoffs are worth considering, as are fees and taxes received by Surrey, the province of BC and the national government. But, unlike various other energy projects, the gains are rather minimal in comparison.

The three west coast states to the south considered this application, including at Cherry Point, Wash., and rejected it. The reasons to do this are available for your examination and should be considered. This kilometres inland Fraser river location has many added risks and obstacles compared to the formerly proposed US locations.

Although docking is adequate between Surrey and New Westminster, the south arm of the Fraser river is not very wide and it is heavily used by marine traffic of all sorts. The North arm is too narrow for ocean going vessels. The existing coal terminal further SW not far from the BC ferries terminal is far superior in terms of avoiding marine traffic incidents.

This project, approved or rejected, will not affect existing BC coal exports, notably high quality metallurgical coal.

This project proposes to export American, non BC mined, low quality, sub-bituminous coal, to be burnt primarily in old, inefficient and highly polluting Asian power plants. That will be the sole purpose of these Surrey dock facilities.

China is now moving away from such damaging energy sources, and India will soon follow, although it will take time. The value of this American, low quality coal product is in decline and not likely to increase any time soon.

In recent decades inefficient burning of this product has already resulted in toxic particles blown back from Japan and South Korea by the prevailing westerly winds to Canada's west coast. Most notably they have been deposited in what used to be pristine alpine lakes, the source of western drinking water. These are also biomagnified up the food chain.

To globally expand the burning of such filthy coal for rather limited and relatively temporary gains is worse than irresponsible.

And this does not address the issues of climate change at all.

Please follow the US western states' actions and REJECT the Fraser Surrey docks application on the grounds of responsible governance. No US thermal coal export through Fraser Surrey docks.
New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Keith & Connie CochraneMy opposition to any coal port on the Fraser RiverOur opinions regarding the proposed coal terminal have not changed yet we are forced to write another letter because our government and the port are not listening to the outcry from the public in regards to this project. The proposed amendment to the permit only makes the project even more dangerous . Having large ocean going vessels parked at Fraser Surrey Docks 24/7 with no shore power available. These ships will run continuously when one leaves another will arrive. The ships are huge polluters to our air quality and not to mention the huge risk for oil spills and accidents polluting our water and poisoning the salmon etc. The answer is still NO. The bottom line is PROTECT OUR AIR, PROTECT OUR WATER, PROTECT OUR SOIL, PROTECT OUR PLANET & OUR PEOPLE.

Stop this project now!
SurreyBritish Columbia
V Fisher-SitarasMy opposition to any coal port on the Fraser RiverI am writing to express my deep concern over any and all plans for providing the infrastructure to ship American thermal coal from Fraser Surrey Docks - or indeed any Canadian docks. Similar plans have been rejected out of hand by the American ports - they don't want to accept the risks of shipping their own thermal coal - why on Earth would we accept those risks? While you may have made amendments to your permit application, the fundamental flaws remain the same.

The side-effects of these plans for bringing large ocean going barges directly to Fraser Surrey Docks threaten the ecosystem of the Fraser River, the flora and fauna the river supports. They threaten the entire coast; as the traffic of coal laden ships increases, so does the risk of disastrous incident. Much of the intended route is part of a seismic zone; a large earthquake will be catastrophic in itself without the added toxic assault of barges of coal being dumped into our coastal waters and trains full of coal being dumped in our agricultural lands.

We still have not seen a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment, or an assessment of impact along the proposed barge routes. There has been no consideration of cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from all planned and existing export projects, and no meaningful consideration of public input. No matter what, a new coal port in Surrey will mean many more coal trains through our communities, bringing with them the noise, traffic delays, diesel exhaust and coal dust - and the obvious risk of derailment, such as those we've seen in other communities in recent months and years. Abroad, in China, the end result is toxic pollution – this project is not only dangerous to our communities here on the coast of British Columbia, but to our entire planet.
SurreyBritish Columbia
Kristin MillerMy opposition to any coal port on the Fraser RiverI am drastically opposed to the proposed amendment of Fraser Surrey Docks permit for their Fraser River Coal port. I agree and concur with the concerns of all the environmentalists, medical professionals, scientists, and residents who have clearly stated their objections to this amendment, so there's no point in my repeating these concerns and arguments. You have heard them all before--many times. It behooves you to take these objections seriously.GabriolaBritish Columbia
Mike SennettMy opposition to any coal port on the Fraser RiverI urge the involved agencies to reject the Fraser River coal terminal. Accidents are sure to happen, such as the one at the West Shore terminal that resulted in tons of coal dumped into the ocean. The increase in ship traffic will inevitably result in collisions. This coal terminal will also bring more coal trains through my city & my county. and I am 100% opposed to the great disturbance and pollution that train traffic will certainly cause.
The country of Canada's reputation as a modern, progressive country is already being besmirched by the environmental disaster of the tar sands exploitation, and this project would further blacken the country's image as the world is facing the disruption and damage of climate change. It seems Canada is determined to be part of the global problem instead of working to solve it.
BellinghamWashington
Mrs Jo Macleod, Langley BCMy opposition to any coal port on the Fraser RiverThis is a shocking idea. Far from creating jobs it would destroy the clean air, create a heavier burden on our Healthcare due to increased asthma and other related lung diseases. It would pollute the waters to a muddy sludge, causing the fish to die and no more whales in our waters. I grew up in Glasgow Scotland where they finally saw sense and banned coal in the city. Check back and see how long it took them to fix the terrible mess they created at the Glasgow docks, the number of people who died from lung diseases and the years it took to clean the waters enough to let fish live in it. If I remember correctly coal was banned around 1960 in Glasgow and it's only now that the River Clyde can boast real live fish again, that's fifty years!..LangleyBritish Columbia
Larry ColeroMy opposition to any coal port on the Fraser RiverThe Port of Vancouver’s board of directors may operate in a bubble, but the Port itself does not. Shipping dirty thermal coal will affect all citizens across the Lower Mainland as well as a wide range of ecosystems along the coast. The Port has no right to ignore nine municipalities and eight MLAs who either outright rejected their previous proposal or demanded a full health impact assessment.

For the sake of maybe forty new jobs, both the old and new proposed projects pose a serious threat to thousands of local jobs in fisheries and tourism, to our quality of life in the short term, and in the long term, to our health and the health of the planet. The major costs for any damage will be borne by taxpayers, taxpayers whose elected representatives have shown they are clearly opposed to the proposed project.

While I’m in favour of rail transport in general, I am firmly opposed to shipping Thermal Coal from the United States. Canadians have an inherent right to protect themselves. If American communities can reject the coal shipments, why can't we? Is this a question of national sovereignty?

At the very least, the Port has a responsibility to properly assess the impact of their business before making a decision. So far, you have shown no willingness to do this, but I am hoping input like mine will spark your conscience and embolden you to insist on a comprehensive and credible impact assessment acceptable to the communities in which the trains and sea vessels would operate. To be fair to those of us bearing the brunt of any impacts, the assessment must include cumulative effects.
White RockBritish Columbia
Gordon HornerMy opposition to any coal port on the Fraser RiverAs a concerned BC and global citizen, I implore you to not pave the way for increased fossil fuel exports that will further imperil the planet while putting the sensitive ecosystem of the Gulf of Georgia at increased risk, not to mention further despoiling Texada Island. Please revoke your proposed amendment to your permit which would allow increased coal traffic through our ports.Queen CharlotteBritish Columbia
AJMy opposition to any coal port on the Fraser RiverWhy are you moving backwards? Start making smart decisions that will actually serve everyone instead of your rich friends. It's embarrassing at best how insistent those in "power" are at not moving in an intelligent direction.VancouverBritish Columbia
Jedidiah DuyfMy opposition to any coal port on the Fraser RiverThe matter of a health and environmental review for building a new port or increasing coal and any other dinosaur fuel export through BC is really a moot point because the process is fundamentally flawed and comprehensive scientific impact studies are not officially endorsed in this country anymore. Though I think these are issues that also desperately need to be addressed, in the meantime I will express my very strong stance against dinosaur fuel projects from an experiential standpoint. As someone who has become highly sensitized to these products and suffers severe reactions to their presence in my environment, I ask that absolutely no coal or petroleum export projects be considered in this province (at least) anymore. The time has come to develop renewables in a real, committed and urgent manner. Please invest there.Cortes IslandBritish Columbia
reaMy opposition to any coal port on the Fraser RiverIn a market of declining coal prices there is already coal at roberts bank,texada island and north van by 2nd narrows bridge.
This would increase cost of Massey tunnel bridge by increasing height and putting waterway at enviornmental risk and coal dust air asthma /emphysima risk and fish stock with 1st nations.Also risk with Tilbury island LNG shipping narrow passage safety collision risk factor.

http://blogborgcollective.blogspot.ca/2015/05/fortis-tilbury-island-lng-turntable.html
vancouverBritish Columbia
Laura BrakkeMy opposition to any coal port on the Fraser RiverThe Fraser river sockeye are at risk, from many colliding elements. Allowing Ocean going freighters from foreign lands to enter the Fraser river will be the death knoll for the sockeye. You must take into account the fragility of those fish and the amount of jobs the fisheries sustains.

If this coal terminal is built to expanded levels, the impact to all communities along the rail corridor must be taken into account. Noise, vibrations, emissions, blocked access to homes, hospitals, schools, businesses all must be studied and mitigated.

There is no mitigation for loss of salmon. They are our indicator species that cannot be ignored and bargained away in this game of money.
BellinghamWashington
Peter HolcombMy opposition to any coal port on the Fraser RiverWe are fighting for the Salish Sea in Bellingham and throughout the region, and we will win, but you in Canada share this precious resource, and you must do all in your power to protect our joint resources. Everything about the Surrey dock proposal is damning to the environment, from the vessel traffic both on land and in the water, to the coal itself, to the risk of oil spill from every vessel.

The Harper government is as bad as our government in Washington, so it is up to the cities, towns, and indigenous peoples to prevent catastrophe.
BellinghamWashington
William SneddonMy opposition to any coal port on the Fraser RiverAs a resident of Surrey/N.Delta, I won't reiterate in detail the countless reasons why this proposed exportation of US thermal coal through Fraser Surrey Docks should not be permitted. Suffice to say it would be harmful to residents on the train route & those in the FSD vicinity for traffic disruptions & air & noise pollution. The health & integrity of the Fraser river itself must be protected & not abused any more than is absolutely necessary for so many reasons.
The subject of Climate change is, at long last ,getting the global attention & action needed to slow it's detrimental impact on our planet. It's time for everyone to do their part in this now. Stopping this project from proceeding would be a small step in the right direction & not to do so would send a clear message that we do not care. Everybody must care.
Our governments are way behind in promoting renewable energy projects. Look to Europe for guidance. Do the right thing for our planet & kill this project. There are far more important issues than straight profit.
SurreyBritish Columbia
Bill LucasMy opposition to any coal port on the Fraser River-Coal trains produce air and sound pollution.
-The people living in the surrounding neighborhoods will suffer negative health effects, increased noise, and a decrease in their property value.
-There will be no shore power at their docks. Large Ocean g
DeltaBritish Columbia
Shaun FunkBC Deserves A Say Over Coal Exports!I find it outrageous that citizens are not allowed to participate in at least electing the correct representatives who control our exports.

Shaun Funk
Kelowna, BC
KelownaBritish Columbia
Cherry MeadleyFraser RiverNo to new thermal coal ports construction in B.C. You already know why not.West VancouverBritish Columbia
Michelle GildingLet us vote!Protect our precious environment. Money can't buy it back when it's ruined.VancouverBritish Columbia
Elsie C.a. Switzerusa liquid coal wastePLease do not ship dirty US coal thru BCs
DELTA or any other BC port. WE dont need the polution & we dont want to be a
accesory to more DIRTY coal causing
more MORE CLIMATE CHANGE.
Thank You for Consideing my
POINT of Vue.
CastlegarBritish Columbia
Lynn MaxtedNo Coal!!!It is time to stop the use of coal. What we already are using, exporting and mining is more than enough. We must go green.Fanny BayBritish Columbia
Wendy HinestrosaFraser Surrey DocksI am shocked and appalled that Fraser Surrey Docks is proposing to build a new shipping facility to load hugh coal ships with dirty American coal. California, Oregon, and Washington turned this down, with good cause.
A friends new house and yard, a couple of miles from the Robert's Bank coal port, was covered in a thin black dust.
Why would we build another coal port to on our precious salmon river, the Fraser.
BurnabyBritish Columbia
Heather RyanCoal PortsI am extremely concerned about the proposed coal ports on the Fraser Surrey Docks, as well as sending barges of coal to Texada Island. I grew up in Vancouver, and now live in Courtenay. Both areas could be very negatively impacted if this is approved.

This is a very frustrating issue, because despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address, such as:

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.

This is my home, and the home of many others who have similar concerns. Our voices need to be heard before further action is taken. Please, follow proper measures before dropping what could be detrimental to all our lives/livelihoods (including local flora and fauna) into the water that laps against our shores. Our ocean is such a big part of what brings people here, and keeps people here. We've seen how fragile our ecosystem can be. It would be incredibly irresponsible to jump into this without investigating all possibilities and alternatives.

Thank you for your time.
CourtenayBritish Columbia
Rolf JanderNo coal pleaseWith the spectre of global warming becoming ever more dire, shipping American thermal coal through our region should not even be considered. The world is trying to find ways to end the use of coal, lets not delay what must be done.

Americans in Washington state and Oregon have block these exports, why should we deal with the filthy stuff?
SurreyBritish Columbia
Doug KingBC Coal PortThere is no longer a place for supporting the sale of fossil fuels, especially coal. It is time to,switch to clean energy sources and stop trying to make the last dollar from fossil fuels just because we feel that if we don't, someone else will.

It's time for principled leadership. It's really past time.
KaledenBritish Columbia
Claudia CopleyNo to Coal ExportsRE: Fraser Surrey Docks proposal to directly load coal ships on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver and send barges of coal to Texada Island.
This latest proposal is not an improvement over the last, and there are outstanding issues that still need to be addressed:
o Zero assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island
o No consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects
o No public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions
The largest issue that must be dealt with are the carbon emissions that will be result from the burning of this fossil fuel. It is time to leave fossil fuels in the ground.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Mary KellyNo to new coal portsIn light of Obama's announcement to shut down coal plants in the US to address climate change and prevent catastrophic outcomes in the future, it is shameful that the province of British Columbia is being used as a shipping port to send coal around the world.
This decision should not be left to the federal port authority without consultation and input from the province and local region.
To date there has been:

- 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

The port is biased towards industry and the promotion of fossil fuels and does not have the best interests of citizens in its agenda.

I object to new coal ports in BC and the status quo decision making model that leaves important changes in the hands of the port authority - unelected individuals.
VernonBritish Columbia
Sherri LatimerCoal ExportGreetings:
Please do the necessary studies, get the First Nations approval, and consider our environment and ecosystem over the money and income. Consider the other industries that will be impacted by coal export. Consider the already dwindling wildlife that will be at risk. I know you have heard the arguments already.
As a British Columbian, I vote no coal export.
Sincerely,
Sherri Latimer, RN
Prince GeorgeBritish Columbia
carol wongNo to Coal Export at BC PortsNo --I do not agree to building a new port on the Fraser Surrey docks to export US thermal coal to coal-burning power plants in Asia.VancouverBritish Columbia
Bryan Melnghwe need bc interests heardplease listen carefully to see if there are serious public concerns here!SaanichBritish Columbia
Valerie Raoulcoal port in BCI wish to protest against plans for the expansion of coal exports from or via BC, and against the lack of public consultation and process on the part of Port Metro
Vancouver. The impact of any expansion will be totally negative for the environment and local/global populations. No company or port authority should have the right to ride roughshod over people's justifiable concerns.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Florencio PugaStop all Coal exports from B.C.If Washington state won't have this at their ports why should we accept it. Are we that desperate for business? We live here on the coast and can't take this abuse any more.Quadra IslandBritish Columbia
Murrough OBrienno more coalDon't allow new coal ports in B.C. period!VictoriaBritish Columbia
Lynne ParisienProposed coal export portPLEASE do not allow a coal export port in the Fraser River, nor one going to Texada Islsnd. The destructive effects on the environment and thus on us are incalculable. It is long past time for we Canadians to move away from fossil fuel enterprises. Avoiding the realities of climate change is foolish beyond anything humankind can be doing at this time.VancouverBritish Columbia
Lisa BresettCoal export proposalPlease do not jeopardize the health of our densely populated area by allowing coal exports on the Fraser River. Please allow clean, non hazardous energy to be developed and to displace coal and fossil fuels!MissionBritish Columbia
Robert MacIntoshcoal exportsI believe all coal mining and exporting needs to stop now.VancouverBritish Columbia
Stuart BownessA firm no to coal export proposalsDear sir/madam,

I write to you as I am firmly against the proposed plan to export coal through our local waters. This proposal not only clearly is lacking in democratic process but is firmly against the long term interests of the majority of taxpayers given the level of ecological damage that will occur.

The citizens of British Columbia deserve a say over coal export proposals.

Your sincerely,
Stuart Bowness
CEO, MediaCore
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Brian MckinlayNo Coal port on the Fraser riverNO Coal port on the priceless Fraser river wild salmon runs or Sturgeon habitat!
Fukkers.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Amy-Jo EveryB.C. residents deserve a sayI am a resident of B.C. living in Surrey. The Fraser River and Metro Vancouver are part of my home and I want a say in this matter. I do not want any new thermal coal ports built and I do not believe we should be entertaining this fossil fuel line of business anymore given its negative environmental and health impacts. The public has spoken and we have been loud and clear in saying "no" to this and any future proposal involving dirty coal and fossil fuels. It's time to move toward a sustainable and healthful way of life. Coal ports have no place here.SurreyBritish Columbia
Catherine ElsonLocal Communities vs. IndustryWe live in a democratic society yet more and more we find that citizens have to protest to be allowed to voice their concerns about issues that affect their lives and their communities.

Communities that harbour industry and are affected by their operations must be allowed to participate in current discussions surrounding coal export proposals.

The system is unfairly weighted in favour of industry and needs to be adjusted.
BelcarraBritish Columbia
Natasha Chessonfossil fuel/coalFossil fuel & coal are a thing of the past. Concentrate on the future of renewable energy. Cause eventually its going to runnout so start now so my kids have at least a chance of survivingAbbotsford ,bcBritish Columbia
Michael CoatesFraser Surrey Docks foreign coal shipmentsThe shipment of foreign coal from the Fraser river is not only a health hazard in such a densely populated area but an environmental hazard as well. The estuary waters are full of wildlife and are a migratory bird stop over. The idea of investing in coal in this century is ludicrous. Have you not heard of climate change brought on by burning the very product your shipping? The wind recognizes no borders and will bring the pollution and resulting climate change right to our door step. Stop this nowVancouverBritish Columbia
Brian GiesbrechtCoal Terminal on the FraserI recently visited the Athabasca Glacier with my wife and children. It was sobering to lean that the glacier could be gone in just 70 years, at the current rate it is melting.

The climate is changing, and you can see evidence of this when you look at the disappearing glaciers.

If the burning of fossil fuels are mainly to blame, how can we continue to support the expansion of an industry that will cause harm to future generations?

We need energy, Asia needs energy, but WE CAN DO BETTER THAN COAL, can't we?
VancouverBritish Columbia
Barbara FreitasNO New Thermal Coal Ports in BC!My husband and I oppose the building of any new thermal coal ports in BC.

Port Metro Vancouver is poised to make a decision regarding Fraser Surrey Docks proposal to build a new shipping facility without any public hearings and with no public input.

No assessments have been undertaken to determine the health impact of such a facility, much less the impact upon health and environment along the proposed barge route to Texada Island, and the cumulative impact on existing shipping traffic and proposed export projects.

This is outrageous and totally unacceptable.

The election looms, as does our vote.
Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia
Mira MackeyI deserve a say in my provence's coal export decision makingHello,
Fraser Surrey Docks, Port Metro Vancouver CEO Robin Silvester and Federal Transport Minsiter Lisa Raitt

I am a registered nurse and citizen of Saltspring Island, B.C. I have many friends and family living in Vancouver.

I am deeply disappointed to hear that you are proposing to load large coal ships right on the Fraser River. I am outraged to discover that you are asking that public comments be sent to the proponent. Take responsibility for your actions.

I want you to know that I DO NOT support new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C. I am concerned for the implications that these activities will have on the environment. I am aware that you have thus far, failed to complete a formal 'Health Impact Assessment.'

You have also failed to complete an assessment of impacts and possible impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island.

Additionally you have shown no evidence of consideration towards the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects

Worse yet, you have held no public hearings or taken meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions.

I will not stand for your dangerous, money greedy actions. I will not stand by silently while risky fossil fuel export projects are cunningly proposed and threatening the health of my oceans and my coastline.

Stop and think about what you are doing.
This behavior is unacceptable.
Saltspring IslandBritish Columbia
Dan PaulsCOAL?This is a time when economic interests need to to measured against the larger threat of global warming. Coal has been identified as a serious threat to the planet and our time to act sustainably, in the interest of future generations, is now. We need to respond to less to short term prosperity and strategize for continual and responsible energy sourcing.

Regards,
Dan
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Brian WilsonCoal Exports Through BC PortsBC requires a democratic process that seriously considers the health and environmental impacts of the proposed new thermal coal port on the Fraser River. As it stands now, this is not happening, which is totally unacceptable.

The BC Government, the Federal Government, and all port authorities MUST NOT be support projects that pose a potential long-term health impact to the citizens of BC or its environment. In addition, every effort should be made to support projects that help to transition BC away from reliance on carbon-based fuel sources and away from energy sources that contribute to global climate change. Now is the time for BC to move from an antiquated 19th Century industrial model into a 21st century model that recognizes the impact of climate change and the role that coal and other carbon-based fuels play in it.
VancouverBritish Columbia
tony popNo New Coal Port!I'm writing to you to demand to make the decision process democratic and transparent, no unelected people will make the decisions that could change life here in BC!!!
In this day and age when fossil fuels are on their way out it is not just irresponsible but crazy to build yet another coal port! It doesn't make any economic sense in the long run.
YOU WILL BE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY!!
Consider the possibility that profit for the next quarter and the next after that is not a wise economical vision! Your decision horizon should be a decade not 3 months.
Wake up to the reality of the 2015 and promote sustainable businesses and get off the fossil economy you're running and support!
VancouverBritish Columbia
Jocelynn RodriguesOur Mother, First.We're all in this together. Let's make decisions that will help us thrive into the future, and not bring us into a dead end, environmental disaster.
I can get that people are so entrenched in a way of doing something, or a way of seeing something, that it becomes difficult to make a decision that may go counter to those preconceived notions but....now is the time. Decisions should be made from the heart, not out of fear.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Leslie KajdanA bad idea all aroundThis is a really bad idea for the health of all of us. Dependency on coal is a bad idea, loading coal in and around Vancouver is a bad idea, and none of it builds a future for my kids- no matter how much you think the monetary profit will be. And, I think you have heard that the people of greater Vancouver do not support this kind of industry and health hazard- and yet nobody is listening. You are the government of the people, put in place with the trust of the people. That seems to have been a bad idea as well. Listen.RichmondBritish Columbia
Tom PoultonCoal Port on the Fraser??This is just dumb! Coal is done and we in B.C. should be showing leadership by not allowing this commodity, dangerous in so many ways, to be shipped through the lower Fraser River.SurreyBritish Columbia
Kathryn JarvisCoal export proposalsPlease don't let US thermal coal be allowed into Canada for importation to Asia. If the US wants to export their coal so much then let them have their own facilities in the US and leave the Fraser River and Texada Island out of the equation. For Port Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Surrey Docks to decide this is a viable plan without consultation from the people who live here is absolutely unconstitutional. It is plain and simply greed of business to push this through. What ever happened to taking care of the environment and Mother Earth. Coal is dirty. Please spend the money on sustainable energy.VancouverBritish Columbia
jennifer j dyckno coal port in Vancouver or Texada IslandNo coal shipping facilities in BC at all.
I'm a canadian citizen rejecting this proposal, Your insanity will NOT take over
Dawson CreekBritish Columbia
Susan-Rose SlatkoffNo new coal portPlease have an environmental impact study completes before taking any action on any new coal ports.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Danielle PearsonNO COAL PORTGet with it. Coal is old. It is destroying our planet regardless of who is burning it. Have you checked the air quality in China recently? Also Green power is more and more affordable, and creates new jobs. Get your heads out of the dirty coal and think about the future!Powell RiverBritish Columbia
Mary Stockdalewhat?!!!I teach natural resource planning and participatory processes to 4th year Geography students at UBC, Okanagan campus, and your actions make a mockery of what I try to tell them is good practice.

Your new plans to build a new port for exporting US thermal coal to Asia are risky on a number of levels, and need to be thoughtfully debated.

However, your track record shows:
- 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

The process is flawed and must be changed for meaningful assessment.
VernonBritish Columbia
Patricia McEwanNew coal portIt seems that democracy as we have known it has been taken over by the corporations. Everyone knows that the majority of British Columbians and especially the residents of Vancouver and adjacent communities are strongly against a new coal port in our area, especially on the Fraser River. In other words those promoting the idea just don't give a damn about peoples' concerns.about health, pollution or the environment. They just want to trample over us in order to fill their own pockets. All this is nothing new . It's happening all over the globe, and the big corporations are at fault,and the people like you who have no conscience or ethics. It's time you were stopped !BurnabyBritish Columbia
Terry RobinsonCoal ports on Fraser and TexadaThat the public is expected to send comment letters to the proponent, the notorious Kinder Morgan, makes it obvious that they have carte blanche to do what they want. Coal is a filthy and antiquated energy about to become a "stranded asset" just like bitumen. Burning it is destroying the planet. Stop it.CourtenayBritish Columbia
Adam FarrellStop the Coal PortI am very disappointed by the lack of due process on this project. Clearly those making the decisions are only interested in lining their own pockets.

Despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address including:
* 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

You have such sort term visions and goals.
SurreyBritish Columbia
Robert PorterNo New Coal PortCoal is the dirtiest of all fossil fuels. It needs to stay in the ground.North SaanichBritish Columbia
Helena Andradecoal in 2015?The technology exists for sustainable energy. It is ludicrous that we are still considering coal development in this century. Let's make decisions with future citizens in mind.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Alex LautensachNo More Fossil Fuel Energy!In case it has escaped your attention, it is now clearly established that in order to avert the worst of climate change all fossil fuels must remain in the ground. Debates about export terminals are no longer relevant.TerraceBritish Columbia
Courtney WilsonNo more coal dependence.How will our future generations fare when all the fossil fuesl have been exhausted adn our earth has turned into a giant desert? It's time to advance as humans and move away from the old measures of fossil fuels. If you were as creative and progressive as our species claims to be, we would have already progressed past this dependence on fossil fuels and moved onto better sources of energy. No more coal. It's time to move forward.Campbell RiverBritish Columbia
Ullrich FischerNew WestMinster-Surrey Coal PortPlease allow for and take the advise of an exhaustive environmental impact study before approving this port. This will adversely affect most people in the lower Mainland of BC. These people deserve a say in the approval of this project.New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Lou Bairdcoal bad...wind better...Let's stop this ridiculous merry go round ride and get off coal and fossil fuels in general. Wind power works well and has been proven by Europe for decades. Solar works well too. It will help create jobs and cleaner energy...and hopefully cleaner air which will reduce global warming caused by humans, i.e., climate change...look past the dirty dollar and see a cleaner dollarCampbell RiverBritish Columbia
Alex WaberNo coal in the BC harbourIt boggles my mind that coal is even still an issue when there is so much work about its negative environmental impacts. The risks that shipping it through our ports creates is on par with oil (another thing we could use less of). The habitats that would be effected were something to go wrong are irreplaceable, and the salmon runs that would be harmed could have major consequences for future generations of salmon as well as people's livelihoods.vancouverBritish Columbia
Tara CullisThermal Coal ExportSorry, this ship has sailed. The page has turned to the new economy and the new sources of energy, which are fossil-fuel free. You will have to accept this eventually; I urge you to turn towards the future and recognize where to put your efforts: to sustainable energy production and distribution.
Thank you.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Karen McIvorUsing the Fraser RiverCoal is a big problem. It's messy, dirty, damaging, and dangerous. The only good thing about it is how much money it makes for the really, really rich, and that's not a good thing for the rest of us.

Time to stand up for the environment, and for the future generations around the world.

Just say "no" to the new Fraser Surrey Docks.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Jennifer DawesNO to Coal Port on Fraser RiverWhat a crazy idea! When the entire world is turning away from dirty fuel, you want to expand facilities in metro Vancouver.
The people of BC are against this project. Please listen!
DuncanBritish Columbia
Diane McNallyNo more thermal coal ports in BCDespite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address.
This project has had no Health Impact Assessment, no assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island, no consideration of the cumulative impacts (including impacts on the endangered Southern Resident orcas) of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects, and no public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions. It must not go ahead.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Jack BrycelandU.S coal exports from B.C.Canada is not some Third World country that can be 'walked over' by corporate interests. Due process has to be observed for any, and all, developments that affect local citizens. This process has not happened with regard to the proposed port, on the Fraser River, to export U.S. thermal coal. A full public hearing process is required so that all Canadians can add their voice to an analysis of the positive & negative effects of such a proposal.ChilliwackBritish Columbia
Shawn GroffNO COAL PORTDespite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:
-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
VancouverBritish Columbia
Hannah FiegenbaumNo coal in our harbor.If we want a healthy future for the Earth and the people on it, coal cannot be part of the picture. BC is better than that.VancouverBritish Columbia
Sharon Priest-NagataCoal Port out of place in the Fraser RiverThis is an important salmon-bearing river, and we live here. The proposed coal port would be situated in the middle of a densely populated urban area. There has been no proper consultation on this project, no health impact assessments undertaken. Above all, Port Metro has abdicated their responsibility to the citizens and wildlife of the region. These projects are too big to be safe.VancouverBritish Columbia
Charles RobichaudU.S. Thermal Coal Export TerminalThe proposed facility is an inappropriate use of our river frontage.

The use of our commons to export thermal coal is short-sighted and backward thinking.

No new coal ports on the Fraser River, transporting a foreign nation's dirty product.
Bowen IslandBritish Columbia
Caroline DeschenesCoal PortPlease address these major gaps prior to any public desidion because we have the right to ask for these measures to be taken: I.e.
Health Impact Assessment
Assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island
Consideration given to the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects
Public hearings with meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions.
Work for the people, and with the people.
SquamishBritish Columbia
Mary DavisonVancouver citizens' right to have a say on coal portsI find the secrecy and huggermugger about letting Fraser Surrey docks do whatever it wants importing coal in to the Fraser River utterly outrageous--and insane environmentally. The Fraser hosts our biggest salmon runs. Are you trying to destroy our fisheries and the livelihoods of all those who depend on them? Or do you merely want to poison us along with the water supply, the seabirds, other fish and all vegetation along the river banks and in the riverbed? This is irresponsible, criminal, and totalitarian, utterly anti-demovratic.VancouverBritish Columbia
Sonia EnocksonRisky Environment-BC Coal Export PoliciesI am very concerned about Fraser Surrey Docks proposal to load coal ship right on the Fraser River. This is the heart of metro Vancouver, voted the best city in the world for tourism.
There has been-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, and No public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions.
What is wrong with the minds of persons in charge of the federal port authority? Surely they do not want to continue the pollution of one of the last beautiful places in the world.
Prince RupertBritish Columbia
Susan DiamondNo Thermal coal for BCI continue to be irate that the democratic processes for decision making are being subverted in this instance. A new application to be heard by unbiased citizens needs to be ordered. Climate effects need to be considered. Secondly, I want to point out that "fossil fuels" are just that, an outmoded energy source that has been determined to be a significant hazard to the health of planet earth as habitable for humans.VancouverBritish Columbia
Sandra Slobodiango carbon freeCoal isn't the answer, natural gas isn't the answer and bitumen certainly isn't the answer. Reducing our carbon emissions is the global need and exporting to countries that burn coal cannot continue if we are to be part of the world wide solution. I don't want Canada to continue to be the mining and carbon fuel bad guy. And certainly not put Vancouverites at risk of coal dust.EsquimaltBritish Columbia
Paul HalmshawNo CoalThis expansion is a waste of money. We are using public funds to create infrastructure for this project - particularly the removal of the Massey Tunnel and replacement with a bridge. Coal use, particularly in China, is in decline. Projects of this size take decades to pay back their capitol costs - we will simply never make back the money that will be spent on this project.North VancouverBritish Columbia
Fran KwiecienqCoal PortDespite being a private enterprise, the Port Metro Vancouver must be made to assess health and environmental impacts before permitting any industry free access to our waterways.CourtenayBritish Columbia
Tim Bartoocoal port plan extremely riskyShipping US coal through Vancouver puts our health and the future livability of the planet at serious risk. Whose idea is this? Who do you think you serve? Supposedly, it is the people of Canada, not the interests of foreign capital. Think this through. BC is not going to stand for this.BurnabyBritish Columbia
Byron BonaNo Thermal Coal on the FraserAs a BC citizen, I don't want a federal authority (Port Metro) deciding to bring in US thermal coal for export through our waters. In over two years, there still is little transparency and many questions not addressed. As usual, the public has not had proper input to the permit decisions.

Obama has just put a clamp on power plant emissions, mostly coal, and now we are shipping the stuff through our waters. The Port authority benefits. The U.S. coal company benefits. And the federal politicians benefit by pushing their industry-led agenda.

Stop the project. Stop the poor accountability. Listen to the people.
North VancouverBritish Columbia
Cheryl CameronFraser Surrey DocksI am strongly opposed to the idea of allowing the continued and expanded export of thermal coal from our province.

Climate change is upon us - recent studies show that we have already reached 1 degree warming, and our government is turning a blind eye in abetting this dirty fossil fuel to be shipped via our port.

We need a consistent approach, and this is a step squarely in the wrong direction.
If citizens were made fully aware of this plan, they would never agree to it.

Stop this lunacy and reject this project!
West VancouverBritish Columbia
Danza PereiraFraser docks coal portPlease stop this crazy plan for the Fraser health coal port .. This will have a huge negative impact on our environment and the 1000s of lives living around the area. Is money more important than BC residents lives ?New westminsterBritish Columbia
Teresa PhillipsNO COAL PORTThis is a step backwards for BC...the almighty dollar is not the governing reason to ignore impact assessments!ComoxBritish Columbia
andrea mindellno to coal portI was born and raised in my beautiful vancouver ...that everyday is being endangered by what you are govt. call a positive for enconomy. if we stop and relize what we are sacrificing for money,our health ,enviroment and the future of ecosystem...is it really worth it ?
MONEY and POWER MEAN NOTHING WHEN WE ARE ALL SICK AND CONTAMINATED...EVENTUALLY HARMING THE ENVIROMENT WILL BE OUR OWN DEMISE!
Sincerely andrea
vancouverBritish Columbia
Kim KondraCoal ExportI just want to thank you for considering the next three generations when you make your decision regarding coal exports. The continued ravaging of earth will be greatly appreciated by your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. If this planet remains habitable beyond that, they will surely know who to thank for the loss of all that was comfortably livable and beautiful on this very special sphere. Your shortsighted greed and selfishness will be a legacy they can be so proud of. On behalf of those souls who don't stand a chance at enjoying the environment the way you did, I wish you a slow and painful death from cancer.VancouverBritish Columbia
Reyanna Inkster-HenningSupernatural British ColumbiaWe live in the most beautiful place in the world, let's keep it that way!PentictonBritish Columbia
Doris GallasNo New Coal PortIf the US wants to ship coal to China, let them use their own ports. This will only cost us, and it can never be mitigated by the faint promise of a few jobs that are unlikely to materialize.GabriolaBritish Columbia
sylvia greiercoal portAbsolutely NO to a coal port! No to fossil fuel export projects!Campbell RiverBritish Columbia
Brenda FitzpatrickCoal Export ProposalI write to express my concerns about Fraser Surrey Docks' coal export proposal, and the process for approving it.

In the first place, I am opposed to sending exporting US thermal coal to Asia via Canada. I believe it potentially creates local health hazards, as well as enabling contributions to global warming.

Secondly, I find the permitting process undemocratic. It is my understanding that comments on the proposal are going directly to the proponent, rather than a public decision- making body. This is inappropriate.

This project proposal, and others like it, require proper public consultation and due process. In this case, this includes: assessment of health and environmental impacts along the route, consideration of cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects, and opportunities for meaningful public input and consultation that use recognized mechanisms for preventing bias and conflict of interest.

Please reconsider this project and this process.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Claude Garondirty energyTime to reduce poisonous fuels use and certainly not facilitating the export of such.VancouverBritish Columbia
Joel LaforetUnacceptableWhat a shocker that I even need to voice my concern about our waters. As a company who earns an income because of the waters. Reality check.... Clean coast is life for all including you. Wake upVictoriaBritish Columbia
Carla HuntNo To Coal TransportWe have the opportunity to make decisions that will start to heal the planet. Show the world that British Columbia has the foresight to make decisions that will do this.

Coal is no longer an option and delivering it to countries who rely on this dirty energy is just plain stupid.

Carla hunt
SaanichtonBritish Columbia
William MorrisEnough is enoughGet a clue and instead of spending mega-bucks of taxpayer money on a dying industry, put into Renewables.SookeBritish Columbia
Per-Henrik NormanWhat's in it for British Columbians?This solution to a US coal shipping problem is an insult to British Columbians. It has to do with an insane corporate profit mentality, favours, kickbacks, and a government that goes for anything they can call 'growth' regardless of serious downsides.KitimatBritish Columbia
Mike RoachGo find your own planet to ruin! Given any thought to how your great grandkids might be going to cope with what you`re creating here?
Don`t imagine for an instant that this preposterous plan should ever come to fruition. In this climate of change and far more thinking, creative and imaginative people, you are simply altogether out of step.
ComoxBritish Columbia
michael meszarosTell the port and the federal government B.C. deserves a say over coal export proposals.stop itpgBritish Columbia
John StockdaleCoal Export Proposal Fraser RiverThis is not progress. We have responsibilities to the planet.VancouverBritish Columbia
Blaine AdamsonNo new thermal coal ports, please!It is ultimately in nobody's best interest to increase the production, export etc. of fossil fuels. We must think in the long-term, with our decisions based on sound logic, reason, and scientific research, rather than looking only at what is easiest, cheapest, and what will make the most profit in a short amount of time. Decisions such as whether to build new thermal coal plants, like other decisions like it being made all over the planet, could very well mean the death of the entire human race. This is not an exaggeration. The consequences of continuing to produce and rely upon fossil fuels such as coal must not be underestimated - though many do, in the name of some money in the next few years. I am not only on this planet with you, I am in this province with you, and we are in this together. Please make the right decision, and focus on the decades to come.KamloopsBritish Columbia
Gail MatwichukCoalBC citizens don't want our ports to carry coal for export. Coal is one of the dirtiest fuels that should have been banned 50 years ago, don't encourage more greenhouse gases and more pollution, and increaed climate change for the sake of making corporations and their kickbacks richer!!!Cultus LakeBritish Columbia
David BlinzingerPort Metro VancouverDespite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:
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
Heriot BayBritish Columbia
shara jayHealth HazardsPlease imagine that you live in Metro Vancouver or Vancouver Island and your family will be poisoned by barges full of coal destined for Asia. Coal dust is very harmful for the environment and should no longer be used as fuel. Money could be made by being innovators in better types of energy without falling back into old fashioned money grabs. Export solar or wind turbines - let our students work on it.ParksvilleBritish Columbia
norman huberCoal and the Fraser RiverThe proposal that Fraser Surrey Docks has before Port Metro Vancouver should not be allowed to move forward. When there has been no impact assessments concerning the proposed barge route is turning a blind eye to the many potential problems it will create! Why have Ports in U.S. cities denied the shipment of thermal coal out of their communities and ports? Their agenda is to protect the health and the environment that is important for their communities. We as responsible citizens must make sure that very comprehensive impact assessments are done! The Fraser River estuary is home to a very diverse population of creatures large and small. As Stewards of this Earth we must do everything in our power to protect this area for present and future generations to enjoy! Say No to the shipment of U.S. Thermal Coal out of Vancouver, we don't need the problems it will create
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SurreyBritish Columbia
Mike BorkentResident voices requiredI request that the residents of the regions impacted by the transport of goods have a direct say into port developments in the lower mainland.VancouverBritish Columbia
sienna heitReallyNo more dirty coal!VictoriaBritish Columbia
Gene and Lorna Fosscoal portIt would be a huge mistake to be loading coal onto large ships on the Fraser River. If for no other reason than the environmental impact. It's bad enough to have the port out near Tsawwassen --living in the area for many years , we know the coal dust was a big factor in the neighborhood, despite denials from officials. Don't do this!duncanBritish Columbia
Christina LongoListen to B.C!Good morning

I have serious concerns about the lack of respect the government is showing for the opinions of BC citizens about the export of coal. We deserve to have our opinions heard and respected. Please don't forget that you are meant to represent the people and the people of BC have more concern for the preservation of our environment then your policies are reflecting.
VancouverBritish Columbia
sharon plummerStop and get your priorities rightThere is no bigger issue in our future than diminishing gig emmisions on our shared planetParksvilleBritish Columbia
Mark HolmesFoxes guarding chickens.Big decisions that lay out the groundwork of the future economic shape of the Province and country are being made without any form of oversight from responsible democratically-controlled institutions.
Our political masters have been slow to figure this out, but the mood of the masses is shifting away from the current raw materials exporting bonanza, and back towards something more sustainable in the long term.
This coal exporting thing- in return for the smallest possible number of jobs for Canadians - is driven by precisely the same motivations and market forces that once drove whales into near-final extinction.
EdgewaterBritish Columbia
Jennifer ArmstrongNo new thermal coal ports in B.C.Despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:

- 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

The port is fundamentally biased towards industry: in August 2014 it granted Fraser Surrey Docks a project permit despite unprecedented public opposition and concern from local governments, health authorities, businesses, unions and community groups.
Hornby IslandBritish Columbia
Brin AlexanderRespect our inputRespect our input and facts, slow the coal export and help maintain a healthier coal free lifestyle. Chemicals kill, soon all our (yours and my) kids will be sick and dying. Your money isnt going to help then it will be too late. think now and save the future.WhistlerBritish Columbia
Monika Hall KowalewskiNo New Coal Ports in B.C.Instead of head-in-the-sand, risky coal export proposals, I submit forward-looking investments in the clean energy sector are what we need to build the vibrant, internationally competitive green economy that is our future and is within our reach. This is the conversation I'd like to hear happening amongst government, industry & the civil sector, in B.C. and nationwide.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Angelina BahrisNo New Coal Port in BC!British Columbians will not allow risky fossil fuel export projects to be rammed down our throats, without any say in the matter whatsoever. You refuse to conduct proper assessments and consultations, including no health assessment or consideration of the cumulative impacts along the proposed shipping route. There has been no public hearings and this is completely unacceptable.AbbotsfordBritish Columbia
Carole SimcoxThermal Coal PortsI am dead set against using coal as a fuel source due to the pollution by same of our environment; let alone have it be loaded onto ships in the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver.
This is utterly ludicrous and endangers Vancouver, the Fraser River and all the surrounding areas adjacent to the Fraser River.
Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia
Denise DufaultShipping CoalThis is a very bad idea. If we allow the further loss of our natural environment, for the sale of coal expantion within metro Vancouver, we will destroy the Fraser river and the fish, etc. Plus no one is acknowledging that we cannot keep burning fossil fuels; making for climate chaos. If you love this country your children you will expand green energies and help the economy and the environment.SlocanBritish Columbia
Eveline BoysenCoal Port and Transport of CoalEnough already!!!GabriolaBritish Columbia
Clint LaForgeNO to Coal PortUS thermal coal is attempting to ship out of Canada, because citizens of USA do not want this dirty industry expanded in their state. Neither do I wish to have this carbon intense polluting industry shipped through our city.
The federal government should shelve this decision until after the coming election. A new government will see the folly in promoting coal; when the right course is to promote renewable energy.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Daniel BowditchAbsolutely no new coal ports in BCPlease register my opposition to any new coal ports in BC, especially for thermal coal and for any coal not originating in BC.

This would put the health of Metro Vancouver residents at risk to airborne contaminants which is unacceptable.

This would also directly exacerbate climate change in the countries importing the coal as well as negative carbon impacts throughout the world.

Canada has a global responsibility to not allow this to happen.
North VancouverBritish Columbia
Karen NitzekPublic consultation requiredIt is important thatcher be public input and concerns about environmental impacts of shipping thermal coal through our port and waterways. The commodity is an environmentally disastrous product and our port should not be used to ship it to Asian markets.do not approve this process without public input and environmental reports.West VancouverBritish Columbia
Glynne EvansCulpabilityI have reluctantly come to the conclusion that there is little to no semblance of morality in the decisions of the Federal Government or those who have sought and attained power in agencies that affect the public interest. Your descendants will regret your choices and venality in the years to come, as well as the population of this area in particular.North SaanichBritish Columbia
Anthony RichmondNo coal port on the FraserNo 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.

This all needs a federal impact assessment process that allows British Columbia coastal citizens the right to intervene and ask the critical questions = then receive serious answers and subsequent information.

I had a wonderful lunch time watching a grey whale feeding within 100 m of my kitchen window
Surrey Docks has no constitutional jurisdiction to make land use decisions unilaterally.
GibsonsBritish Columbia
Linda HillNo coal in the Fraser RiverThe Fraser River is a major salmon river and needs to be protected not descecrated. Coal spills have happened in Tswassen and we have many dead bays such as Ladysmith from coal mining over a hundred years ago.

Please put a stop to this coal export proposal.
DuncanBritish Columbia
Laird RobertsonUS Soft Coal ExportsInvesting in obsolete energy doesn't seem to make intuitive economic sense. Add the health issue of coal dust and it makes even less sense. Why not become a clean port and show the world that small and profitable is better being big, by than dealing with high risk products, and marginal!?NanaimoBritish Columbia
Rosanne Woznyi am against new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C.I am against the building and operation of a new thermal coal port on the Fraser River in BC. The reason is because there has been huge public opposition and concern from local government, different health authorities, businesses, the unions and many community groups. The concerns are that nothing has been done to assess health impact, to assess impact along the proposed barge route to Texada, no democratic process(ie. hearing from the public even though we will be greatly effected in negative way) and no assessment of the over all effects of shipping traffic from existing and upcoming proposed export projects. Coal is bad for the environment. We should not be shipping coal and certainly not from a new port. we should be focusing on non destructive environmentlly friendly energy and not exporting coal overseas. The climate of the world cannot take it. Let's get with the year 2015 and take care of our local community and health and waterways and the climate of earth.VancouverBritish Columbia
J. Trevor MatthewsCoal Port, Fraser DockAs the CEO of Port Metro and as the Minister of Transport, the two of you should go back to school and learn some Economics, proper publlic process and the meaning of consultation.

Port Metro is an unaccoutable body which has been granted authority by the Federal Government to make judgements on issues for which it has no substantive level of competence. The Minister of Tranport appears to just sit back and let it happen.

Inadequate assessment through an inadequate process administered by a narrow focussed body will lead to decisions which are biased and not in the public interest in either the short or long term.

Each of you should sit back, look at yourself in the mirror, reflect and then change course and act in the public interest.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Cindy ConarroeCoal Export ProposalsIt is a foolish idea to transport coal to Texada Island. Not only should B.C. and Canada get out of the fossil fuel business, but to continue with a dirty fuel such as coal is backwards. I live along the Salish Sea and would be pretty ticked off to find coal spilling up along our coast line. Have any of you bureaucrats even been to Texada or spent any time along the proposed route? If you had I don't think any sane person would approve this risky project.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Janet HenriThermal Coal PortsThis business is too risky. The citizens of Canada need to have a say in the decision making process since governments are not acting responsibly.RichmondBritish Columbia
Margaret TidswellRe Thermal Coat Ports in B.C.What are you afraid of? Why won't you allow public hearings on your latest plans? Is it because you already know that your plans are hazardous to our salmon, our health, our children's future health and to that of our planet? Is it because you will be exposed as greedy bullies who only care about lining your pockets?

If what you are planning is safe for all, tell us about it and answer our questions in a public forum.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Lianne SmithaniukCoal port proposalCitizens bear the brunt of the long term effects of coal distribution, toxicity and subsequent cleanup. Therefore we need to be in on the ground floor, participating in the Big Decisions about projects like these.
You need to involve citizens in Open Hearings and incorporate our wishes, even though you are feeling pressured by Big Business issues.
We can't eat coal, nor can we drink water that has become polluted by fossils fuels, and plastics made from fossil fuels.
Let's find innovative ways of creating energy, not making the same mistakes over and over!
NanaimoBritish Columbia
Robert MartinHow about a referendum?In order for the democratic process to work here, there needs to be a referendum to see if those who have the greatest to lose (the community) can have a say.Oliver, B.C.British Columbia
Barry HaynesCoal Port on Fraser RiverDespite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:
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

If a future government retroactively approves legislation that government officials can be fired and/or put in jail for decisions they have made, what does that say about this decision? Imagine that you could be fired or put in jail for making this decision. Think about it seriously and make the right decision.
GibsonsBritish Columbia
[email protected] HARSHENINAmerican coal should be shipped through US ports !!! Canadians don,t want to contribute by adding to environment pollution and adding to climate don'twantchange in any shape or form via the use of fossil fuels.Kelowna ,B.C.British Columbia
John FryNew Coal ProposalFrom what I gather, this situation has been more or less working so far, but the expansion may be too much, bringing with it all sorts of new and unexpected problems.

This expansion needs a Proper Assessment for the good of all concerned. Until this is done, I am against proceeding with the expansion.
Bowen IslandBritish Columbia
Joanne Lorenz.Coal Port across from New WestminsterWhy are we going
backwards instead of forward?
Why are we planning to ship fossil fuels
from our country to China?
Why do the people not have a say?
This is our country and it appears 'the people'
don't like the direction it is being steered!
Don't you have children and grandchildren too?
What is most important to you ?
BC and Canada are a utopia but if we
continue on this path of denying climate
change none of us will have anything.
Stop allowing our country and natural
resources to be exploited. Building ports
for ships in our harbour threatens our health
and well being. This is a mistake.
Don't allow this to go forward. Our beautiful
Cities will be draped in grime and filth from
Industry that doesn't belong in BC.
Especially not in metro Vancouver.
LangleyBritish Columbia
Kevin HarrisCoal export proposal is unwiseI wish to express my concern regarding the shipping of thermal coal from the Fraser River ports. The health implications to all the citizens of the Lower Mainland and especially those who live near the coal loading facilities is being ignored. There will be long term effects on health and air quality in the immediate and wider areas.
Also the tanker and barge traffic will adversely effect both marine life as well as cause shore line degradation along the proposed routes. Increased wave action and under water noise pollution will be increased with permanent and serious consequences.
This proposal to pollute Canadian land and water to export US mined coal that Americans will not allow to be shipped through their own neighborhoods must be rejected to protect present and future generations of Canadians.
Signed
Dr Kevin Harris
DeltaBritish Columbia
Chris DavyNo thermal coal ports in B.C.Coal is an archaic form of energy.

I don't want the GVRD having the air quality of the Linfen in Shanxi Province, China...

The effects of coal are detrimental to both human health and the environment.

Chris.
VancouverBritish Columbia
juliana wilsoncoal exportStop selling our beautiful country to corporate interests. Stop selling our future for a quick buck, the citizens of this country shouldn't have to be constantly on the guard of the people that are representing them. Coal should not be a source of energy that the planet uses anymore, didn't you read Dickens? We need renewable energy and honesty from the people who have the power to do the right thing. We should not risk our oceans for anything.NANAIMOBritish Columbia
Des BeltonVancouver Coal PortWe don't need to expand our facilities in the estuary to ship US coal! We have already done enough damage to salmon smolt and shorebird habitat with the current Robert's Bank.AiyanshBritish Columbia
Joan BoxallPort Coal Export ProposalPlease, PLEASE, allow full disclosure and discussion of this potentially hazardous coal -loading facility on the Metro-Mouth of the Fraser.

Where is accountability and common decency on this issue?
North VancouverBritish Columbia
Katie MelenNope.Enough with this. Stop. Just... stop. Have you noticed the droughts? The water restrictions? Your grass turning brown? We can still turn this around for us and our children and grand children so please please please stop pushing your harmful, poorly executed and dirty energy investments where people are just trying to live. Fucking stop, already. The younger generation has enough to deal with already.VancouverBritish Columbia
Elaine Sharpcoal exporti expect a full environmental assessment to be carried out prior to any transport of coal.grindrodBritish Columbia
Natasha FremontKeep coal in the groundClean energy sources exist and the world desperately needs our help to implement safe, clean sources of fuel. Canadians want clean energy sources. If the U.S. wants to continue to ignore the global dilemma facing the overuse of fossil fuels, let them take the risk with the environment. Canadians do not want to do the U.S.'s dirty work. Keep our coastlines clean. Source only renewable eco conscious power sources.WhistlerBritish Columbia
adriana spighiCoal portPlease think in terms of sustaining LIFE not $.SandspitBritish Columbia
Eric JacobsohnThermal Coal PortsHi,

Please reconsider accepting and becoming tied down to long contracts to export US thermal coal. The health assessments have not been done as well as the impacts on the proposed barge route to Texada Island. More so, the impacts for shipping traffic have not be investigated and there have been no public hearings to at least even make the public aware of this, so I ask you to please think about the long term future and health of the lower mainland, BC coast and all the citizens and wildlife.
BurnabyBritish Columbia
Cecile ChartrandNo new coal port in BCStop paluting our worldCassidyBritish Columbia
Giselher WeberCoal portPlease follow the democratic process to the full extent.West VancouverBritish Columbia
J Blakeproposed Fraser River Coal PortThe lack of public input and dearth of answers to concerns shows the flawed nature of the approval process. Please reconsider before the populace 'mans the barricades' again. Tolerance for the accelerating erosion of democratic processes is itself eroding fast.
And: Why is the stuff coming here at all? Puget Sound is navigable!
VancouverBritish Columbia
Gordon WallinProposed thermal coal ports to be built in B.C.Do not build thermal coal ports in B.C.
Period
SquamishBritish Columbia
Rose DeVellanoThink of the futureWhy should so many be subjected to the greed of a few. Think of what you are doing.
Rose
SecheltBritish Columbia
Jenny ShawHealth HazardPlease stand up for our rights - we do not need to have our health and quality of life impacted by this project.SecheltBritish Columbia
Cameron RoskellNo new coal port- 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 m
KnutsfordBritish Columbia
Joseph ChapmanPublic InputJust because the PA is not required to listen to public input to the decision making process doesn't mean you shouldn't.NanaimoBritish Columbia
kalavati yatescoal exportsB.C. residents deserve a say in their land and waters, and what's brought there.NanaimoBritish Columbia
Helen McInnesProposed Fraser River Coal PortHave we all completely lost our heads? When many countries are acting responsibly & gearing down their use of fossil fuels, why are we ignoring our most valuable resource, our pristine beautiful country & focusing all our attention on fossil fuels and ignoring the environmental impacts. We in BC do not want any more freighters or oil tankers plying our waters than we already have. Why would we allow U.S. coal to be shipped out of Vancouver, solely for corporate profit, let them ship it out of a U.S. port. We need an Energy Board that is protecting the public interest in the long term not short term corporate profits. This project must be subject to a full review process to examine local views & long term environmental impacts. We need to ensure that we maintain our pristine natural coast as that will be our most important resource in the future. Stop sacrificing the environment in the long term to satisfy short term profits!NanaimoBritish Columbia
Kirsty SewellPublic ConsultationI am writing about the increasing lack of ability the public for meaningful inclusion in discussions about resource project proposals.

This letter is, in particular, about Kinder Morgan's proposal as well as the suggested thermal coal ports, but in a larger sense, project proposals across the country.

Environmental assessment has become a completely politicized process, there is a lack of unbiased information provided to the public for a whole host of reasons. It is very concerning and it is something that needs to be addressed immediately.

It is in NOONE'S best interest to have increased levels of environmental degradation. I enormous huge concern over the cumulative impacts of literally 1000's of projects being approved far too quickly without serious discussions prior to their approval.

There are projects in which there have not been health impact assessments, those that have been 'fast tracked', no impact assessments, no consideration of cumulative impacts of issues related to increased shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects, no public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions.

We need to all work on this together. We all want to provide for our families and have interesting jobs but we must discuss the best ways to achieve this for all of those impacted. I know I sound like an idealistic nutter and have been called one by my family many times 'one of those environmental nut jobs'. I just really believe we can do better than we have been doing, for all of our sakes, rather than a priveleged few.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my letter.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Garnet FalckPlease don't worsen Canada's Shame!This is not the kind of resource development that we as Canadians wish to facilitate. Our "Liberal" BC government and especially the Harper Conservative government have repeatedly failed to meet the challenges to decrease industrial pollution and production of greenhouse gasses due to their simplistict view that economic development and promotion of big business interests wull lead to prosperity and a better future. Our international reputation has plummeted over the past years due to our blatant disregard for environmental issues. It is time for a change. Supporting natural gas projects would at least be preferrable to exporting coal, but what about subsidizing wind, water and solar energy and removing taxes on insultion and energy efficient products. Exporting dirty energy is not what we as Canaians want to support.NelsonBritish Columbia
Raymond ChinDue processI am sending this messaged due to my concern about too much power given to private interests over the wishes and the long term well being of the people of BC.VancouverBritish Columbia
jim cowanCoalSurely the economic situation is not so dire that we have to ship US coal . Time to start thinking of a cleaner future ,not a dirtier one.New WestminsterBritish Columbia
marni SwansonNo New Coal PortI am against the plan for Fraser Surrey Docks to directly load coal ships on the Fraser River and send barges of coal to Texada Island. There should be health impact assessments done as well as examination of impacts along the barge and shipping routes that are proposed. At this point there have not been public hearings or consideration of public input. The port is biased towards industry and not towards the welfare of our living animal and human population/environment. Give our voices a chance to be heard.SurreyBritish Columbia
Cathy LaursenCoal PortI live near Texada Island. There is an obvious environmental insanity in the use of coal. I for one am sick of government's rubber stamping these projects and will be fighting back.Powell RiverBritish Columbia
Robyn JacobBC Deserves A Say!Hello,

I am very concerned about the Fraser Surrey Docks shipping facility proposal. We can not allow this sort of expansion of fossil fuel consumption and export. We have too much to lose, and it's not worth any amount of economic benefit!

Giant coal ships do not belong in the Fraser River, and any public input must be heard by the port authority and not the deaf ears of the exporting companies.

Rigorous environmental assessments must be made, and they should be approved by the public before anything happens with this proposal.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Shirin KalyanBC Citizens deserve a say over coal export proposalsAttn: Robin Silvester, CEO Fraser Surrey Docks, Port Metro Vancouver and Lisa Raitt, Federal Transport Minister

It is with profound disappointment that I have learnt of another regressive and unavoidably harmful plan to progress the agenda of the fossil fuel industry at the risk of citizens of BC. The news that there is now a decision pending to directly load giant coal ships right on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver to send barges of coal to Texada Island is disheartening in the complete lack of appreciation of what BC and the world has been suffering in ever greater acuity in respect to consequences of this industry and our inability (largely due to the powers that be) to not be unwilling accomplices.

A decision such as this - especially at this time - needs thorough vetting and a say by the citizens of BC - particularly metro Vancouver. Please make sure this due diligence is carried out.

Thank you for your attention.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Moira McIlwainFuture planningBy investing in a new shipping facility for coal we are locking ourselves into a harmful industry for many years to come. We should be looking further ahead and investing in research and development of green energy which we will then be able to export.Bella CoolaBritish Columbia
William HeathCoal Port ProposalThe proposed coal port facility on the Fraser River opposite New Westminster would have significant impacts on the south coast of BC. I urge Port Metro Vancouver to allow meaningful public and governmental review of the proposed facilities.ComoxBritish Columbia
Dick StainsbyNo CoalI am completely opposed to any coal exports from any BC Ports. We are exporting Climate Change which affects us all.ErringtonBritish Columbia
janice kim Cartwrightcoal port in VancouverAre you kidding me? HOw about several impact studies, say 1) the ecosystem; 2) health; 3) Texada

What about trying to be somewhat democratic?
Little FortBritish Columbia
Stephen ChittySurrey Fraser Docks Coal ShipmentsThis is an unacceptable proposal and should be rejected for both local and globaal enironmental reasons. Time to shift from fosil fuel ecconomy and get on with the real work of developing sustainable alternatives.SurreyBritish Columbia
David SamuelssonCoal PortI am wondering why the U S finds it not in their interest, and morally wrong to ship their coal from their ports,
But for some reason Canada thinks it's okay to do so. Climate change and global warming is the real deal now.
In the short term and the long term, it would be prudent and profitable to say no now to shipping this product. If
not we will be paying for it in many, many ways. Thank you
Savary IslandBritish Columbia
Don Glovercoal exportsThis new proposal is extremely dangerous for the Fraser river and for Vancouver. Please don't go through with it. IT'S CRAZY.TofinoBritish Columbia
Remi CamdronFraser dock projectThe decision you are about to make is wrong. BC is a young province. It should be at the forefront of all the newest energy technology available. Coal and oil are from the past. Though they may immediately have benefits to you and others, the long term effects are devastating to our communities and environment. Please don't surrender to fear and pressure, and make a decision that shows that you have the clarity and courage required to be a reliable leader.

Thank you

Remi Caudron
VancouverBritish Columbia
Judith StevensonGive the public a REAL sayDecisions about public resources and public institutions should NOT be made according to the private enterprise model. "The greater good" should be the standard of assessment.
By that standard, the Port Authority of Metro Vancouver should NOT be in charge of the public consultation process in relation to the thermal coal loading facility proposed for Fraser Surrey Docks. The facility is a bad idea, but equally, the public consultation process is deeply flawed. You cannot expect the public to respect a decision that is taken without respect for that very public.
I call on the federal government to exercise oversight in relation to the Vancouver Port Authority. They do not have "the public interest" at heart, and you should require them to do so.
Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia
Theresa GriceNOThese shortsighted, unscientific and wholly unacceptable proposals for coal exports need to be scrapped! Protect the Enviroment, the Tourism Industry and the Citizens of our beautiful Province. Stop blindly supporting the archaic and destructive energy industries.Port AlberniBritish Columbia
Dan Halencoal exportsNo way!Black CreekBritish Columbia
kelly craskecoalB.c needs to have a proper vote in deciding what happens in it.reginaBritish Columbia
Anne GrubeCoal Export ProposalsI write to ask why there is no Health Impact Assessment, no assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island, no consideration of cumulative impacts of shipping traffic, and no public hearings/public input re permit decisions re the Fraser Surrey Docks proposal.
It is ludicrous that the public is expected to send comment directly to the proponent. Such comments must be heard by an independent body hired by our federal government to ensure the safety and health of Canadian citizens.
I await your reply to my question.
Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.
KamloopsBritish Columbia
sut'lut AntoneNO COAL PORTon FraserI am an Indigenous Elder, and I say With no consult! NO CONSENT either! No destroying the river where our sockeye are.N. VancouverBritish Columbia
Bonnie SokoloskiNo coal portThe first fossil fuel we should be eliminating is coal. We should not be encouraging its continued use by shipping it through our ports. However my immediate concern is the health and environmental risks posed by the coal dust in the area. I have grandchildren living there. What effect would the dust have on their young lungs? Also, what effect on the salmon runs? Let's keep our ports clean!KamloopsBritish Columbia
Ronald GomezThe demolition of our fishing industry is a given in coal plugged waters and now we are to accept contaminated water for all our daily use.for years there has been little attention paid to the mess that is shipped down the Fraser River. We are and the point of no return as any further contamination will quickly make all the water coming down from the Interior will be increasingly poisoned to there it's only wil be illness or death. Whyh do we not on.ly allow this madnes but why do we aid these companies in doing this murder? There are no other places for the Lower Mainland to handle this load of coal and many other toxic loads already.Why are we expected to accept this planned murder without complaint or return action. Profit for a few is not an acceptable choice yet some seem to think that anyone who runs a business deserves the right to do as they please when they pleaseBurnabyBritish Columbia
Steve OneillRisky Coal ExportsAs a British Columbian deeply concerned about the environment and the waters on my coast, I am seriously dismayed that this project is even being considered. Coal is one of the major polluters on the planet. There has been no Health Impact Assessment. There has been no public hearings and no assessment of potential impacts along the barge route to Texada. All of these factors indicate a complete disregard for the potential harmful impacts of this decision.
We need real and careful consideration of this proposal and we need to be convinced that all and every possibly negative consequence is considered and openly discussed before any decision is made. Governments need to learn to listen to the people that elected them and not act as independent corporations.
GabriolaBritish Columbia
Vic BadenhorstCoal shipments from the Fraser River and Texada IslandI am definitely not in favour of coal shipments from either of these locations without an indepth study by an independent authority.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Janis WarowayEnvironment over money!I think this sends out the wrong message right now - so close to the election & all. Most of us living here in BC are here for the beauty of it - and would like to keep it as pristine as possible. Loading dirty coal right in the middle of Vancouver is ugly and damaging to our environment. Put a stop to it now because all you're creating is a more environmentally-conscious and angry population!CourtenayBritish Columbia
Diana ConsellCoal exportsIt is so disheartening to see the backward movement of environmental protection of the current federal and BC provincial governments. This issue is only one of many, but as it affects me directly, this is the one I will address today.
By opening our ports to coal transportation we are telling the world that burning coal is an acceptable method of producing energy, when we know this is not the case. If the USA wants to support China's continuing use of coal, please have them use their own ports to ship it out of the country, NOT Canada's. The coal stored at our ports sends dust into the air, air that is trapped in the Fraser Valley and falls back to ground over our crops and into our lungs. If you think that the dust can be controlled, you have not looked at the docks near the Tsawwassen Ferry terminal. Even taking under consideration a proposal to create a terminal in New Westminster is beyond belief. BEFORE any more coal comes into our ports we need to address the following, publicly and without bias:
-Public health
-impact of proposed barge route
-impact of extra shipping traffic.
-impact of coal trains though Fraser Delta.
I hope to see information coming soon that will address these issues.
Surrey, BCBritish Columbia
Helen NationCoal shipping proposals from Fraser Surrey DocksThe environmental risk assessment and public consultation processes proposed for the latest version of these coal export developments are wholly inadequate -- hardly more than a joke, since public comments are to be sent to the proponent, with no procedure whatever for having them taken seriously. Are health impacts, risks related to the barge route to Texada Island, and cumulative interaction with existing and new projects not even to be considered?!

These risks are of very serious local concern, in a location of large-scale environmental importance. PMV devotes much effort to marketing itself as a responsible public authority, but is cynically moving to shut down public discussion to the greatest degree possible. The federal government must act to bring the interests of all Canadians into the decision-making process, not just the industrial proponents
DuncanBritish Columbia
Lise EcclestoneUS Coal Export Proposals for VancouverDo we really believe the US is proposing shipping coal ports in Vancouver to build our economy? To benefit our Province? or Canada? This is an atrocity of the worst kind. Voters in the US do not want coal shipping ports in their backyard so they are sending it to us. The reason they do not want it is because of the severe pollution and health threats these shipping ports present to their communities. Why then are we accepting this in our most beautiful city, at the mouth of our most important salmon waterway, through some of our most populated communities and in our off shore ocean environments which are now just recovering and presenting more hospitable conditions for resident orca pods, transient pods and most recently humpback whales. This is madness. Say NO to Coal Export Proposals. Coal is a dead industry. It poisons our land, water and air. Leave it in the ground along with all other fossil fuels.KALEDENBritish Columbia
Robin LawsonObjecting to Coal portsI call on you to stand up and use your authority to

Prevent further expansion of U.S. thermal coal exports in B.C.;
Require independent health and environmental assessments before considering new coal shipping projects and;
Ensure British Columbians have a say over export activities that affect their families and communities.

I call on you to stand up and use your authority to

Prevent further expansion of U.S. thermal coal exports in B.C.;
Require independent health and environmental assessments before considering new coal shipping projects and;
Ensure British Columbians have a say over export activities that affect their families and communities.
DuncanBritish Columbia
John McGeachieNew coal port in BCWith all due respect I would like for you to reconsider your policy of limited public input to the construction of the new proposed coal port on the Fraser river. This project needs than a rubber stamp to complete because it impacts so many people and a huge ecosystem. Please give the public a reasonable chance to voice their concerns.SurreyBritish Columbia
Bryan GreenBC deserves a sayI don't want an economy based on Industrial Age export of raw goods. What kind of jobs will that leave my kids? What happened to 'Beautiful BC'? Isn it possible that we can invest in smart, sustainable energy initiatives that will place us in the running to make both an impact on carbon reduction and become an example of Canadian ingenuity? Let's not go down this thermal coal path. Please, reconsider what kind of BC we want for the future.VancouverBritish Columbia
Sandra NelkenStop Fraser Surrey Docks ProposalI am concerned about the proposal to directly load giant coal ships right on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver to send barges of coal to Texada Island.

At a time when we should be encouraging and funding renewable energy initiatives, British Columbians will not allow risky fossil fuel export projects to be rammed down our throats.
NelsonBritish Columbia
Donna WrightCoal Export ProposalsWe as citizens and tax payers who pay your wages need a Health Impact assessment at point of loading as well as along the route to Texada Island as well as impacts on shipping traffic. We also need public hearings and public imput on all permit decisions.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Candice TubbsThis is wrongplease think of the well being of the natives to the land as well as all the people who will be directly effected. Not to mention the pollution and irreversible damage this may cause to the earth and ecosystems. Money is not everything, we need to all be on the same page and all be treated as equals. When all the wildlife and food sources are gone then will you realize the harm that has caused all of this?NanaimoBritish Columbia
Elizabeth KallerCoal Import/Export InitiativeCoal is so last century.

The project process appears to be out-dated, too.

Please establish a meaningful assessment process, and keep in mind that Canada has agreed to phase out fossil fuels.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
arthur cayfordnew coal portAmerican coal must be exported though American ports. let them cough up their own coal dust.ArmstrongBritish Columbia
Paul BrndjarVoteAS a tax payer & citizen of the lower mainland this decision should be one that is done democratically as it affects us all !North VancouverBritish Columbia
Diane Lakeproposed coal barge routeThis proposal should not go ahead as there has been a complete lack of assessment of the impacts on the ecosystem by the proposed barge route. There has also not been public consultation, something which should be mandatory on a endeavour of this scope.VancouverBritish Columbia
Sharon CrossCoal Port on Fraser RiverThe last I checked, we are still in a democracy. Yet there have been no public hearings or public input on the permit decisions.

With respect to this proposed new shipping facility for the United States, no less, I am waiting to read the Health Impact Assessment, and the assessed impacts of the proposed barge route to Texada Island.

Further, the cumulative impacts that such traffic has on the ocean needs to be addressed. It's not like this is the only facility of it's kind, or transportation system on the water. Each one has an impact. To not address that is negligence.

Please advise at your earliest convenience when you propose to include the public in this proposal, since it affects all of us.
CranbrookBritish Columbia
Laurie EmbreeNo More!Stop this insanity. B.C. DOES NOT WANT any more fossil fuel exports off our coastline. Please don't O.K. this new port.108 Mile RanchBritish Columbia
Valery SummonsCoal port VancouverNo to thermal coal port in Vancouver. International companies have no interest in the well being of our community or B.C.
The ocean,shoreline and wildlife should be defended by our government.
The health and local opinion should be reflected by our elected officials.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Jeremy NewellShipping coal is a poor dealDear Sirs/Madams,

Building a shipping facility for coal exports is an extremely short-sighted idea. Demand for coal is on the decline (because the rest of the world recognises climate change). The reduced demand for coal is so well recognised that a number of major US Banks have recently dropped coal as an investment sector! Why build infrastructure for a dead-end industry?

This doesn't even get into the ethics of building infrastructure to support an industry that is killing our world, or how no company has the right to decide on something with such significant health impacts to the people in the area without their consent.

Financially, this doesn't make sense. A very few people will profit from this initiative and the local residents and rest of the world will suffer from it.

Instead, why not build a run-of-river installation off the Fraser Surrey Dockyard and generate clean energy instead of shipping fossil fuels that really should be left in the ground? Or invest in some other project that has a viable future and positive benefit to all?
SookeBritish Columbia
Kelly RivardFraser Coal PortGovernments in Oregon and Washington stopped big coal from exporting out of their jurisdictions and for a good reason. If the Fraser River coal terminal goes ahead it will no doubt dump toxic mercury into the Fraser River causing contamination to already stressed Fraser River salmon stocks. It is inexcusable that this export terminal would ever be approved. This must be stopped.VancouverBritish Columbia
Ryder BergerudNo New Coal PortOur local waterways are a shared resource. The process of deciding their use should belong to all residents that will face risks borne by the project.Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia
Charna MacfieSurrey Docks new terminalPresident of Fraser Surrey Docks, Jeff Scott, says that he has listened to the community and has the solutions to their concerns about health and safety. He says there is a plan to 'minimize' health risks from the transport of coal from the United States to Port Metro Vancouver and through the Georgia Strait.

As a west coast resident on Vancouver Island, I am not convinced that expanding coal exports and port terminals is environmentally responsible or sustainable as Mr. Scott pronounces.

As president of a major enterprise/marine terminal, his priority and responsibilities are to ensure the business is successful and profitable. Minimizing impacts to the environment and public health are not a priority for Mr. Scott and Fraser Surrey Docks LP. Environmental health and public health are only of concern if they interfere with company profits which is why Mr. Scott is letting the public know that the public have nothing to worry about because he will make sure that any negative impacts from increased coal exports and transport will be "minimized."

Federal and Provincial environmental legislation in place to protect our environment and public health are weaker and less regulated and under monitored than in the past due to cuts in funding for environmental protection and industry lobbying. To ensure public health and safety and minimize negative impacts from expanding coal exports and transportation of coal this project to expand the port terminal should not go forward. At minimum there needs to be a meaningful public consultation and comprehensive assessments.

Sincerely,
C. Macfie
Qualicum Beach
Qualicum BeachBritish Columbia
Alice ZhouNONOT ACCEPTABLE!BurnabyBritish Columbia
Richard TowsonNo new coal terminal desiredThe people in this area must have a say in what is placed here and have a say in any requirements to be put upon the proposed company. Add Vancouver city as well as Delta and Surrey to the people to have a say in this proposalSurreyBritish Columbia
Caroline Eastmond Clarkcoal exportsIt is unacceptable for projects such as these to proceed without independent environmental review,and direct input from citizens of Vancouver and the whole provinceRoberts CreekBritish Columbia
Gili Avrahamistop coalDecision makers: Please do the right thing, stop coal now. Think sustainable, healthy future for my children, and yours.VancouverBritish Columbia
Suzann PalermoNo new coal portNot only will the health of the port be affected, the world doesn't need more heavy metals falling from the sky. And BC doesn't need to lose any more mountains. We can't eat money. We need to start down a new path.KimberleyBritish Columbia
Dr. N.W. EddyCoal Port in VancouverKeep your coal!BowserBritish Columbia
Jordan McCuaigDont let the ships inBC is based around a resource economy, of that there is no doubt.

But it is of the utmost importance that we harness these resources in responsible ways.

Allowing more tankers up the fraser river is not the solution.

We should be developing resonsible resources internally, rather than shipping off dirty resources irresponsibly.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Adrian MilesRegarding Coal Exports from mainland B.C.Greetings,
It has come to my attention that a new Coal shipping route is being proposed to lead directly from the Fraser River.
Considering the hazards we've had to recently endure (eg: the English Bay spill,) the hazards inherent in this sort of arrangement are excessive. I would strongly urge that a different arrangement be pursued.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Heather LouieCoal portDear Transport Minister,

I am opposed to building a shipping facility for US coal at the Fraser Surrey docks. Air pollution from coal dust is a valid concern. Why aren't the Americans shipping coal from their own ports in Wash. state?

It is very unwise to load large coal ships in the Fraser River. What if there was a spill into the river. You probably know that we recently had a spill of bunker fuel into English Bay in Vancouver. The response from all levels of government was slow and uncertain. Before considering shipping more fossil fuel from this coast, we need a credible team who monitors our ocean & rivers & has skills to deal with a spill.

I hope that you will protect the air and water on our coast by rejecting the construction of the coal port.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Chris WexCoal Port Fraser River and Texada Island.Port Metro Vancouver.

The voracious eastern countries are making huge inroads into the resources of the planet with little consideration of the consequences.
From the wanton poaching of African Rhino and Elephant, over-fishing in the oceans to stripping pristine wilderness areas for minerals and semi-precious stones,their heavy grabbing hands are behind these activities.
The pity of it is that there are people the world over who are prepared to sell themselves and their countries to make a quick buck.
I hope you will do the right thing and resist this initiative which will not only spoil one of the most beautiful areas in the world but also facilitate the use of the dirtiest of fossil fuels.
KelownaBritish Columbia
Arthur WarrenCoal Export TerminalThe latest Fraser Surrey Docks proposal to ship coal from the Port of Vancouver must be reviewed for its long term effects on the health of the citizens of Vancouver and for its effects on existing shipping in the Port and Georgia Strait.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Adam Coleman-SmithNo coal BCCoal is not the fuel of the future it's the fuel of the past, let's move forward and find more innovative means to power.VancouverBritish Columbia
Helen de WitGREEN NOT GREEDwhat ever happened to clear and transparent democracy?

have you ever heard of inter-generational equity? thats something that considers the well being of all future generations; our children, our grandchildern, our grandchildern's chlidren... and so on. does government really care about the people? or are they too concerned with capitalism and the money in their own wallet? based upon news articles and what i have been hearing lately, this government does not want democracy. they do not care about the people or the environment. dont you know that climate change is the number one issue of our time? please care about humans and future generations instead of spending too much resources and time and money pursuing energies that will kill us all in the future. when are you going to realise that you can't eat money or oil?
VictoriaBritish Columbia
J Maureen CurranNo thermal coalWe need to look long term. No more quick deals for the benefit of the few and the costs deferred to the rest of us. Pollution and fossil fuel dependence are NOT sound economic policy!New WestminsterBritish Columbia
Jane CamfieldAbsolutely No Coal ExportsI am sorry to learn that the Canadian government is discussing the possibility of allowing coal exports from British Columbia. We British Columbians are reeling from Big Oil's pressure to permit their incursions into our pristine landscape, and now this? As a voter and resident of the densely-populated Lower Mainland, I can not think of a project more detrimental to the well-being of people, air, waters of our region. It's time to stand up to the pressures of fossil fuel purveyors; of course, an excellent, genuinely scientific review of a coal port is a good idea, but such a review will not happen if British Columbia's current government is given the power to decide. I encourage the federal government to give Canadian, well-trained scientists the task.VancouverBritish Columbia
John SwaddenSurrey Docks Coal PortSirs/Madams

I am sending you my expectations as a concerned citizen, tax payer and voter, regarding the Proposed Surrey Fraser Docks Coal Port and the changes requested.

1) Extraordinary care must be taken to ensure the health of the Fraser River Salmon and the river itself. Therefore a comprehensive impact study must be completed prior to any further agreements being made.

2) The area is heavily populated on both sides of the Fraser River, therefore a thorough Health Impact Assessment must be completed prior to any further agreements being made.

3) Public hearings must be forthcoming and completed prior to any further agreements being made.

4) Extensive cost benefit analysis, with public consultation and oversight must be completed prior to any further agreements being made.

I expect and demand that these, and other public concerns, be addressed prior to any further agreements being made.
AbbotsfordBritish Columbia
Carol WaitNew coal portPlease no more transporting coal through our cities. The health issues arising from this will cost a fortune in the long run. All you have to do is check out the decks in White Rock and see how black the get. This goes into our lungs and our children's lungs.the ports in the United States won't ship their coal, why should we. I think the health cost and quality of life for Canadians is more important than shipping coal to Chia is.dBritish Columbia
Michelle MarcusFraser Surrey Docks expansions = disaster for the future Metro Vancouver and the global environmentAs a concerned 17-year-old who will be directly affected by Fraser Surrey Docks expansion plans, I am writing to you to express my worries concerning Fraser Surrey Docks proposal not only to send barges to Texada Island, but also to load coal ships along the Fraser River, and in doing so, affect major urban areas.

Coal running through our cities would have very serious health impacts, especially for the elderly and those that are ill. We don't want pollution in our cities. Metro Vancouver is a beautiful region and the citizens are demanding to keep it that way. Please hear us.

I love Metro Vancouver. And I love planet Earth. As a youth, my future is constantly being threatened by proposals to heighten and persist our world's reliance on fossil fuels. This is unacceptable.

I urge you to ensure that both a thorough Health Impact Assessment and an assessment of environmental impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island are conducted.

I also ask that you consider the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects on the global environment, economy and future of youth.

Because this project will directly affect not only residents of Metro Vancouver, but also individuals living in all countries around the world, it is only right that the concerns citizens are heard. I hope that you hear my concerns and I urge you to enact public hearings or another form of meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions.

Thank you for your time.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Selwyn Redivocivic resposibilityWhen elected to govern, one is supposed to represent the best life for the most people for the present and the future, not the most profit for the few for a short interval.

Please have a conscience about the well being of us all, now and into the future, and uphold a democratic process which respects everyone and everything.
PentictonBritish Columbia
Norman Gateswestminster coal portThis is absurd. There must be some local accountability. Cities must have some say in projects like this, not an unelected body. This must be stopped.ArmstrongBritish Columbia
Bea EdelsteinNo Coal Port at Fraser Surrey Docks!I am concerned about the potential new coal port at the Fraser Surrey Docks, which will send coal to power plants in Asia.

This plan does not show any foresight for the future of our planet or our children and grandchildren. There has been no Health Impact Assessment, zero assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island (one of the most beautiful gulf islands), no consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects, and no public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions.
We need to put our policies and energy in line with the G7's recent decision to use only clean energy sources by 2050. It is a waste of money, time, and energy to continue to prop up fossil fuels which damage our environment and our health.

Citizens of Vancouver DO NOT want a coal port in our city!
VancouverBritish Columbia
Duane Underwoodcoal exportsmake decisions while fully considering environmental impactsVictoriaBritish Columbia
Avril Warrencoal portHow on earth can we even consider allowing coal exports from the B, C coast?
Pure madness.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Anne MilesNew Coal PortAs a B.C. citizen I do not want Fraser Surrey Docks to build a coal port on the Fraser. I object to the fact that there has been no public input on this project and no survey of the impacts.GibsonsBritish Columbia
Linda HeeseNo Thermal Coal Shipments from BCPorts on the US west coast have refused to export thermal coal. Why would we in BC agree to do this? This is an environmental disaster at every step - mining it, transporting it and then burning it!
BC must not participate in any way!

NO THERMAL COAL SHIPMENTS FROM BC!
North VancouverBritish Columbia
Jean WyenbergCoal PortWhy on earth are we supporting the transport of just about the dirtiest fuel on earth? The US ports won't handle but no worry...we are all about polluting in Canada and as long as there is some money to be made...
This is a disgrace and should never happen.
GabriolaBritish Columbia
Waldo YuleCoal export terminal in B.C.Were are our politicians?

It is scientifically showen that in the next 15 or 20 years fossil fuels and especially
coal will be at an end in use for energy production.

Are you as politicians in all jurisdictions ( municipally, provincially, and federally so corrupted by your personal immediate gains that you do not care about the future of
Canada or what you are leaving for your children and Grandchildern?

Dr. W. M. Yule BSc. .
CastlegarBritish Columbia
kate bruntonBC must have a say over coal exportsThis is an undemocratic process. Change it now to give the local people affected a voice in the process.VancouverBritish Columbia
Della GlendenningCoal port in the Fraser River - Madness!Reasons that shipping coal to China (or anywhere) is madness:
1. Climate Change - With forests burning up at an increasing rate, tornados and typhoons increasing across the world, permafrost melting at an exponential rate causing sea level rise, etc., coal, with its high GHG emissions, should be eliminated from the world's energy sources.

2. China is doing its best to remove the use of coal as an energy resource.

3. Large tankers in our busy Fraser River increase the chance of collisions, threatening other users of the River and coastal waterways.

4. Coal dust threatens the health of people living in the vicinity of the coal port.

5. Pollution of the waterway threatens the health of marine life and the fisheries.

6. Tankers on the B.C. coast endanger whales with added noise interfering with their hearing and the risk of being hit by a ship.

7. Money used to build a coal port can be re-directed to researching and building environmentally-friendly, green energy.

Therefore, no coal shipments should be allowed from our B.C. coast. This is necessary to avoid burned forests, China refusing more coal shipments, polluted waters, ship collisions, sick people, dead whales and other marine life, and no more barbequed salmon for your dinner. You can't eat coal.
BurnabyBritish Columbia
Carlyn LoncaricPlease don't approve a permit for Fraser Surrey DocksI would like to understand how such decisions can be made without assessing the health and environmental impacts on our local communities. Every promoting argument regarding coal, fuel, oil production or transfer etc is always about how it will help our economy when in fact, only the positive economic impacts have been reviewed! How can no assessment be done on how our economy will suffer if/when there is an accident or spill, when workers or our local community suffer in health, or when environmental impacts are so substantial we permanently lose part of what makes British Columbia beautiful. Please allow the public to take part in this decision making process and have a proper assessment done on health and environmental impact. It's absurd that risks have not been calculated!! No business would EVER operate that way, why should the government!?!VancouverBritish Columbia
Victor Brue SmithFraser River Coal DocksWhy would we want to have a coal port on the Fraser River so the US can send coal to Aisa. We need to protect the Fraser and our urban environmentPentictionBritish Columbia
Elma Gavinfossil fuel shipmentWhen will the Federal Government and Provincial Government of B.C. get off the fossil fuel wagon - i.e. facilitating the move-ment by pipeline, rail, or ship of fossil fuels when it is clear this practice is destroying life on this planet?

It is time to wind down fossil fuels and concentrate on sustainable energy.

E. Gavin
Gabriola Is. B.C.
Gabriola Island,British Columbia
John FykeThermal Coal Ports to be Built in BCI don't fully trust the port authority to make a fair decision. It's run by unelected leaders intent on promoting trade and industrial growth with virtually no accountability to the health and environmental concerns of communities and where it operates.

The port is fundamentally biased towards industry: in August 2014 it granted Fraser Surrey Docks a project permit despite unprecedented public opposition and concern from local governments, health authorities, businesses, unions and community groups.
There are several major gaps the port has refused to address:
-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
In a world that must move towards decabonization, this move promotes MORE burning of coal that the US won't even allow export of it in their ports. This project is to the detriment of future generations and, besides being shortsighted economically, is quite unacceptable.
yours truly, John Fyke
New DenverBritish Columbia
Lena Simmonsno new coal portsno means no!VictoriaBritish Columbia
Jean SavoieCoal export proposalIt is important on many levles that we stop polluting our planet with fossil fuels. It is also crutial we not encourage any behavior that puts our coastal waters at risk.West KelownaBritish Columbia
Dominique BroseNO new coal port!We won't allow new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C.

Despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:
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

This is crazy and unacceptable.
You must be accountable and transparent. Please undertake the public hearings.
CourtenayBritish Columbia
Sabrina PortCoal PortIt is time now to start looking at new development with a view to who benefits and what the ecological impact will be. If the who benefits is the people of BC NOT ONLY the organization making the request test one passed. The definition of the benefit the people of BC must encompass the control of what happens to the development. If there is truly no ecological impact then test two passed. THIS development does not come close to passing those tests. You were elected by us partly to protect us from the harm of rampant development NOT to pass any development that brings such a small benefit to the people who elected you and such a major impact on their health and well being. Remember this when you are making your decisions. If you have young relatives remember them as what you do now will impact them the most.SookeBritish Columbia
Coralie J. SusserThermal Coal ExportsRegarding the permit process to allow thermal coal to be shipped from the Fraser-Surrey Docks and Texada Island - the methods being used by Port Metro Vancouver, abetted by the federal and provincial governments, to curtail the public's right to comment, question, have unbiased and appropriate environmental and health assessments conducted, are not only ethically and morally wrong, they subvert the democratic processes we rely on as a nation and as citizens of British Columbia.

Please put a stop to this charade:. We have the right and the responsibility as citizens of B.C. to have reasonable access to the permit process, to have un-biased, arms-length agencies conduct full and appropriate risk assessments before our environment and health is put in further harm's way by this trade and transhipment of thermal coal through our ports. We cannot allow corporations to collude with acquiescent government agencies to remove or subvert these rights.
North VancouverBritish Columbia
Brad SandersonDemocracy not Corporatocracy!Word up motherfuckers. Ignore the people at your own demise!VancouverBritish Columbia
Casey BerlandaThermal coal portDo the citizens have a 'say'?
US coal exports should be shipped from US ports only!
We cannot allow US coal to pollute our air with coal dust.
To the regulators: "Smarten up guys and start to think about the health of BC citizens and quit thinking about your own future.
VernonBritish Columbia
Ellen BeckerCoal Port - Fraser River It is important to understand that a clean Fraser River is important to fish habitat and human habitat.
We have seen recently how accidents happen ( and that is why they are called accidents ) and pollutants corrupt our clean waters.
We do not need more tankers in our Vancouver Port or Coal Ports on the Fraser River.
Our fishing industry and tourist industry and our health is important.
There are several important research articles that speak about the transportation of coal by rail car and the consequences of air borne coal dust.
Please review the consequences of such actions !
VancouverBritish Columbia
Xia LeeNo New Coal PortWe won't allow new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C.

Fraser Surrey Docks first proposed to build a new shipping facility for U.S. thermal coal in 2012 so they could barge coal to Texada Island to be loaded onto oceangoing vessels bound for Asia. Now the company has changed plans to make the project even worse: they want to directly load giant coal ships right on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver, AND send barges of coal to Texada Island.

Port Metro Vancouver (the federal port authority) will decide whether to allow this change. Unfortunately, instead of learning from its past mistakes, the port has made the decision-making process even less democratic than before and wants the public to send their comments directly to the proponent. That would be like Kinder Morgan taking citizen letters of comment instead of the National Energy Board!

Despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:
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
SurreyBritish Columbia
Judith FitzgeraldCoal PortYou must listen to the public's concerns and follow rigid environmental assessment guidelines.

This is not in the best interest of citizens and our environment.
GibsonsBritish Columbia
Edward BergsmaCoal Port expansionAs a British Columbian, and Canadian citizen I am very disappointed in how this project is being managed. It seems to be self interest and lack of long term thinking that is guiding the people in charge of these decisions. Alternative energies are inevitably going to be the way of the future. The sooner we invest in them, the better off the environment and economy will be for everyone. Making agreements like this one will put Canada far behind the rest of the world instead of using our resources to vault us to the forefront of the planets energy industries with value added production of non-fossil fuel based energy equipment.VernonBritish Columbia
Lizbeth JamesDo not send coalSTOPNorth VancouverBritish Columbia
Lori Wrightthe economy doesn't get to destroy the environmentIt is bewildering to me why our governments and now our port are making decisions that most of the citizens of this country do not support, and that seemingly are made primarily to financially benefit a very few powerful people whilst exponentially compromising an already perilously weakened environment. This decision is on the wrong side of working towards a healthy future. Money and the economy can't continue to be the answer to every question regarding progress.West VancouverBritish Columbia
Matt DiamondThis is outrageousAs residents of British Colombia. We should have a say in what materials are shipped out of our ports. This is a democracy!RichmondBritish Columbia
Isaac HinksmanCoal Exports Proposalspeople here need coal.
people there need coal.
people everywhere need coal.
coal coal coal.

who is coal?
where is coal?
when will coal arrive?
is coal single?

Texada Island and Asia
vs
British Columbia
House wins

You Decide
[insert decision here]
CastlegarBritish Columbia
Linda Beltonno coal importingWe want to see a full democratic review process in considering a large coal port in New Westminster.VancouverBritish Columbia
Virginia SmithNo new coal portBritish Columbians will not allow new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C.

Despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still:
1. No Health Impact Assssment
2. Zero assessments of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island
3. No consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects
4. No public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions

This is unacceptable!
SummerlandBritish Columbia
Heather Gatz"No" to US coalThose in the position to say no should listen to the people of BC . Just one of many, I do not want BC to be exporting US coal through Canadian waters. I do not want it loaded on Texada Island, I do not want it loaded in Vancouver, I do not want it travelling through the Georgia Strait. If the US chooses to contribute so much more to global pollution than they are already doing they should do it from their own country. Our country is already doing too much of this and needs to work on lessening our global pollution impact, not increasing it.roberts creekBritish Columbia
Mary Ann CodeNo new thermal coal plants in BCBeyond the concerns about environmental assessment, shipping traffic and adequacy of public hearings, is my deep concern that we divest from the fossil fuel economy rather than locking BC into it. We need to re-think deeply strategies to building an effective, efficient, earth and people friendly green economy NOW.VancouverBritish Columbia
David StottCoal exportationAs is well known internationally, coal is one of the most polluting substances that can be burned and sent into our atmosphere. We must stop this geocide if we are to survive as a planet and a somewhat healthy human race. Please ban the continued expansion of this industry for the sake of your children and ours.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Leigh-Anne CameronNo new coal portThe proposed location for a new coal port threatens the delicate ecosystems of the Fraser River estuary.
Please consider all of the uses for the River - tourism, environment for future generations.
DeltaBritish Columbia
Monique A. Perzylothermal coal ports to be built in B.C.Oh ! dear. How about investing money to entrepeneurs with alternative ideas, instead.SookeBritish Columbia
Sherry LinnNO COAL SHIPS IN BCThe public has a right to say no to such an environmental disaster-in-the-making like you propose for coal shipments out of Fraser Surrey docks.
That the air quality and health concerns are not being taken seriously is a travesty.
Wake up to the current state of the world and listen to the people who live here. We do not want dirty US coal coming through our ports. If you think it's such a great deal, convince Washington, Oregon and California residents and ship it from their own country! There's a reason those citizens do not want to have coal in their backyards and we do not want it either.
OsoyoosBritish Columbia
Eddie PandkeFraser Surrey Docks Thermal Coal FacilityIt has come to my attention that the scope of this project has changed significantly that could have significant impact on the surrounding ecosystems of Fraser Surrey Docks.

I would expect the public will have adequate time to review the proposed changes to the scope of work. However, the Dogwood Initiative informs that the public has a month to comment on the proposed change of scope. Is this an adequate time frame?

Please look into revising the time frame allocated towards public comment on the project. The changes are significant enough that I would expect all stakeholders to understand that this is necessary.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Mike EvansCoal exportsUS thermal coal is a very polluting product that's slowly destroying the world as we know it. The Port Authority's proposal is the worst thing that it can do for a democratic community and it should not happen. Please give a say to the people that live in the area that is affected by the project.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Nancy Van PattenApproval of further coal exportsI have grave reservations about our governments approving any further thermal coal exports from the
Vancouver region without substantial input from the residents whose immediate environment will be affected.
The possibility that British Columbian regulators / decision makers could agree to even lower standards of environmental protection than our federal government is extremely discouraging.
What price "prosperity" ? Citizens need more information and more input before such projects proceed. Every new project such as this makes a difference. Each contributes to the continuing degredation of our air, our water, our lands at a time when we need more money, more research, more governmental support of alternative energy sources .
Saltspring IslandBritish Columbia
Bruce JordanIt is time for visionIt is time for us to create a new future for our port, in which the commerce it allows serves us, the planet AND investors, so that it stands for what we want to be known for, what we want to support and what the world needs

Simply to sell our coast and our infrastructure to the highest bidder for whatever their product may be is short-sighted and dangerous. THe highest bidders are the oil and coal industry--BOTH of which are on the way out.

SHOW VISION and leadership. Listen to the people.
Galiano IslandBritish Columbia
Janet SaundersonNo to coal exportingGood morning. How is it possible that yet again the waterways and ocean and the environment we cherish are threatened. NO to loading coal and no to any further threats to This west coast environment. . I did not vote for negligence and jobs at any cost and human stupidity. Its time for all of us to wake up. It can no longer be business as usual. Look ahead 7 generations. Decisions like these are without forethought for the earth.CourtenayBritish Columbia
Shera StreetEnough is enoughIt is time to consider health, the environment, the future and the voices of the people in this region.Galiano IslandBritish Columbia
Andrew HeinrichsCoal portWe must decrease our mindless consumption of dirty energy.
What will my grandchildren say? Grampa knew what he was doing but he really didn't care.
ArmstrongBritish Columbia
Thomas HermanceConsider Health & Environmental Effects ofThis plan is a very bad idea as it's unsafe for Canadians health and environmentally very risky.

Vote this idea down. It doesn't take a study to recognize the serious threats that this poses.

Thank you.
HagensborgBritish Columbia
Mark NeumeyerSelling out BC's Environment.For very little benefit to Canada and BC and the majority of the environmental risk to BC this project should not go ahead. Please say no to shipping dirty fossil fuels from BC's pristine coastline.ErringtonBritish Columbia
Dana JanssenU.S. Thermal Coal through B.C. PortsI am deeply concerned that Port Metro is disregarding the many concerns about health, safety, environmental and fiscal wisdom of turning our port and coastal waters into a path for more coal to be shipped. It is outrageous that they have control of such decisions. Please stop them.Halfmoon BayBritish Columbia
Jean MottersheadNo Coal Port in VancouverDear Robin Silvester and Lia Raitt,

Please, please do not allow coal ships to be loaded on the Fraser River. Doing so would cause coal dust to spread over a beautiful urban area. Accidents involving the huge ships could spill engine fuel and coal into the river. Irreparable damage could be done.
Quathiaski CoveBritish Columbia
Penelope buitenhuisCoal in Fraser riverCanada's policies should moving toward cleaner energy not expanding and supporting the dirtiest one- COALvancouverBritish Columbia
Swarn LeungNo New Coal PortI am writing to express my grave concern regarding allowing coal exports from the Fraser Surrey Docks.

As a concerned British Columbian, I expect thorough health and safety assessments of the proposal to be completed by unbiased professionals, as well as meaningful consultation with the public before any decisions are made to approve or reject the proposed development.
DuncanBritish Columbia
Len ChewNo new coal portDo not damage BC for future generations!
Stop!!
VancouverBritish Columbia
Lloyd SkaalenStop Coal Shipments from Canadian PortsCanada has been the bad boy on the climate front for too long! Don't contribute another nail in the coffin of world health with the weak argument that Canadian jobs are at stake.

Canada's job and economic benefits will come from investments in clean energy options, such as solar and wind power. The long term benefits will be personal and economic health for us and the world.

As senior citizens of BC, my wife and I wish to leave a record of positive steps for our children and grandchildren to follow and prosper from.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
David HamNo new coal portI think that it is too risky to have this coal export. Climate change is a reality and burning coal adds too much CO2 to our atmosphere. The whole process of moving the coal is dangerous to people's health. It is too risky and unacceptable. Please stop this plan to ship dirty coal from Vancouver.Lasqueti IslandBritish Columbia
Neil CrouchCoal portsShort-sighted, short term profits for long term messes and no advantage in the slightest for anyone but the big operators who set it all up. Consult with those affected!ComoxBritish Columbia
A.T. David HutchingsCoal export proposalsI strongly oppose the proposed increase in coal shipments from Metro Vancouver's Fraser Docks, as well as the barging of coal to Texada Island.

I am concerned about the health and environmental impacts of both proposals and the impact of vastly increased shipping traffic, particularly in the Fraser River and lower Georgia Straight funneling into Pacific shipping lanes.

Careful assessment of health impacts to Metro Vancouver, impacts of barging coal to Texada Island and the cumulative impacts of increased shipping traffic on our human and animal populations in and around these waters. A full and public assessment with adequate provisions for public discussion and input are mandatory.
Qualicum BeachBritish Columbia
Findlay ClarkNo more Coal ports in VancouverDear Sir/Madam,

I'm wiring this letter to protest the expansion of coal ports in Vancouver. The Climate Science is clear that fossil fuels are destroying out atmosphere and going to destroy our planet and civilization.

Policies that promote more fossil fuel burning as opposed to carbon neutral energy sources are clearly suicidal and governments that promote them are criminally responsible for the inevitable disaster to come.

I strongly encourage you to take a step back from this suicidal policy and promote the use of carbon neutral energy sources instead of 19th Century pollutants like coal.
Pender IslandBritish Columbia
Robert Melvillestop the coali just want you to understand an enviromental disaster is a disaster for all of sociotyVancouverBritish Columbia
Patrick LuiNo More Coal!No coal! We need to invest in clean and renewable energy. It is the future. Coal is the past and completely outdated.Hornby IslandBritish Columbia
Milan StangaCoal PortLet us keep our waters and air clean. I am sure the U.S. has a shoreline in their own country that can be used for that purpose.SmithersBritish Columbia
Catherine KroetchCoal Export ProposalsWhy are we Canadians, especially in B.C. not considered in Coal Export Proposals? We demand to have a say over these pending proposals that will affect fossil fuel production and consumption for years to come. Why does big industry have all the say with regulators caving in to them because they support a particular ideology of our present government that does not seem to consider the common good of Canada or the whole earth? This is deplorable and we want it stopped. We say, NO, No to new thermal ports built in B.C. and demand to be heard.Salmon ArmBritish Columbia
laura MayDirty Coal PortI ask for a democratic process in the decision -making regarded a new coal port in Vancouver, We do not want to continue putting the beautifal B.C. coast at risk, to export dirty fossil fuel. We need a health impact assesment, impact along a barge route needs assessment.I call for a public hearing before making a decision.Hornby IslandBritish Columbia
Lesley ClarkCoal exportsWe the people of B.C. are utterly opposed to the environmental damage of allowing American coal to be shipped through the port. Now you want to load toxic coal in Vancouver. This is crazy.Lasqueti IslandBritish Columbia
Penny Clarkecoal portGet with it.Dirty coal is not the energy of the future. Why waste money on something that is harming the earth and our future.WinlawBritish Columbia
Diane OckermanCoal Export ProposalsEnough coal, it'a time to govern in a responsible way and listen to the people of Canada!DeltaBritish Columbia
Danielle HuculakCoal exports in BCPlease allow the people of British Columbia to have a say regarding any decision to allow or increase coal exports through our ports. Coal is an energy source of the past, one that has negative effects on people and the environment. Let's move forward and find creative ways to sustain our economy that don't come at the expense of the environment and people's health.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Robert Weavercoalno new coal docksVictoriaBritish Columbia
Graham KnellThis must not happenThis whole scheme is backward looking and not thinking of future generationsNorth VancouverBritish Columbia
Colette JohnstonA concerned citizen Coal is dirty and very bad for the environment, it's on its way out and everybody knows it it's just money grabbing now.This is what we are leaving for our Grandchildren. Try looking at clean energy.SurreyBritish Columbia
Clinton MayImportance of waterHow important is water to you? To me water is life. It is the very substance that sustains Richmond's (Lulu island) farming community. If this water is not taken care of for future generations this would be devastating not only to farmers but the community as a whole!! Please take water seriously and put water safety first!!
Thank You, Clinton May.
RichmondBritish Columbia
govin permanandNo new coal port for US interests at the Surrey DocksPlease listen to the voice of the citizens, and understand that you are putting future generations at risk, if you allow this plan to go ahead. Ask yourselves whether you want your name associated with the legacy of this plan, as something to leave for your own children and grandchildren....West KelownaBritish Columbia
Doug FordCoal exportsWhy are we tieing ourselves to exporting fossil fuels to Asia? Everyone in the world is trying to replace coal and lower carbon emmissions we are pushing it. Locally this project is not supported either it just increases the risk of an environmental disaster.Louis CreekBritish Columbia
Darryl JanykNational Energy Board needs to do its jobDespite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:

No New Coal Port
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
Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia
Trish HunterCoal is FITHY ! It is an antiquated system, and burning it is a horrific environmental MESS ! Do NOT gamble with our pristine BC waters by exporting that awful stuff!Don't send that filthy product out our harbours! Our sea plants and creatures are far too fragile and valuable. Do NOT mine, export, or burn coal !!PentictonBritish Columbia
Andrea GoddingUS Thermal Coal Export on the Fraser RiverThe Fraser River; its people, water and animals, need our protection...not US thermal coal exports.
Many people make their homes along the Fraser River. Coal is hazardous to human health.
The Fraser River is also a major salmon route. Coal is hazardous to salmon.
Thermal coal is one of the dirtiest full sources. So dirty that it is not lawful to burn it anywhere in Canada.
US thermal coal does not belong on the Fraser Surrey Docks. US thermal coal puts all of life in its path at risk.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Jamie YavisNo coal on FraserIt's unfathomable that you would be considering a coal port along the Fraser River for American coal. It shows greed and absolute disregard for the environment and the impact on the lives of nearby citizens who have made this area their homes.New WestminsterBritish Columbia
David MallettCoal Export ProposalMy country, my province is being dragged into a commodities based economy of the worst sort, fossil fuels. We are destroying our climate and our world and it has to STOP! It is time to JUST SAY NO! to the export of fossil fuels, Coal,Oil and Gas. It is past time to turn to alternative energy sources, wind, solar, tidal and the many other possible sources. Instead of destroying our world we MUST become creative and take the initiative to prevent gobal warming and the looming disasters confronting us.SookeBritish Columbia
Laurie McClartyCoal PortI am writing to urge you to reject the plans for a coal port on the Fraser river. The whole world is aware of the fact that global warming will destroy us all if we do not change our ways immediately. Any and all investment money that is available should be going towards energy production that will NOT increase our production of CO2, instead of marching blindly farther along the path of destruction that we have walked thus far. At some point, ordinary people will have to stand up and say "No" to the corporations and big banks that are the drivers of these projects. Their only ambition is to create profit. The peoples' ambition is to survive, and hopefully salvage a somewhat liveable planet in the end. No amount of studying or assessing will change the fact that we simply cannot afford to continue doing business as usual. For the sake of future generations, I ask you to reject the coal port.SurreyBritish Columbia
John Freemancoal portsdear coal proponents
Those whom oppose,and those whom propose,have at least one thing in common.I'm sure that we would all agree
that in order to have a healthy economy,we
must have at least a moderately healthy
planet to sustain it.But with all the fossil fuel
extraction projects in the works,combined
with what's already going on,the future cant possibly be looking very bright for the health and happiness of current and
future generations.I believe that underneath all those layers of denial,we all know this to be true.Unfortunately,the
thought of making money,often prevents
us from making the right decisions.Of course,this all very natural in our economic and material world.But like us,
the beautiful and one of a kind world in which we live,has it's limits too.And the truth is,and i really do believe that we all
know that any future fossil fuel projects,
(especially thermal coal)seriously threatens those very delicate boundaries.So we must choose our energy sources wisely,and make sure that we stay within safe and sustainable
limits.Of course,this can only be achieved by going through proper and comprehensive environmental study.
Because a dirty planet,can't possibly provide for a healthy long term successful economy.Unfortunately,the Surrey port expansion plan has short term gain for long term pain written all over it.This is exactly the kind of industrial project that we should be saying no to,and we are,in very large numbers actually.Unfortunately,it's always the very few whom get to decide
for the countless others.So,to the people
who get to make the call,this is a great opportunity to step-up to the plate and
do something that's great for the entire
team.Imagine that.
White RockBritish Columbia
Sherri SpringlePortDo not allow any industry that could potentially pollute the waterways in and around the Fraser River. These are sacred First Nations water. Enough said.VancouverBritish Columbia
Wendy WulffNo Coal Port on the Fraser River pleaseIf The USA wants to sell dirty thermal coal from Wyoming to China, why on earth do the citizens of Canada - most notably White Rock, Surrey, Delta and New Westminster - have to suffer the bad effects of increased pollution from diesel trains and dust, horrible noise, disruption of traffic, and awful environmental consequences?
The American producers and Canadian Port Authorities make a few bucks, but local Canadian citizens endure all the bad effects!!!
There are many good reasons why American west coast ports and citizens don't want to ship it out- and we have the same reasons!
The process of application and review of this expansion proposal needs democratic input from the people whose health and well-being will be impacted most seriously.
SurreyBritish Columbia
Emma LeeSTOP helping the bullies and stand up for the residents of Vancouver!!We are residents of Metro Vancouver, and we demand a democratic process that seriously considers the health and environmental impacts of the proposed new thermal coal port on the Fraser River as well as the residents here. We DO NOT want any size coal ships on the Fraser River. Port Metro Vancouver needs to take responsibility FIRST and FOREMOST to the residents of Vancouver, not outside/international interests!! SVancouverBritish Columbia
Andrew LoveridgeCoal in VancouverPlease do not allow a new coal terminal in Greater Vancouver, Roberts Bank should be enough to handle what we need to ship.GalianoBritish Columbia
Robert ShawUS Coal through Canadian Ports - NONO.VancouverBritish Columbia
Karl UdumanNO NEW COAL PORTS PLEASE!Despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:
-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

I say with serious conviction: NO NEW COAL PORTS PLEASE!
West VancouverBritish Columbia
Stanislaw Szopadirectly load giant coal ships right on the Fraser River in the heart of metro VancouverDon't do it!!!VancouverBritish Columbia
Eva Staweckiake care of the envWe would like to have a democratic process determine whether a port should be built in BC, especially when one which will have such a serious detrimental impact on the health of it's citizens and the environment.VancouverBritish Columbia
pam nosworthyOur Right to have a healthy unpolluted Environment.I.m not sure why B.C is being bombarded with environmental threats every waking minute except for the almighty dollar?I believe its time for a Government that cares about the planet and works towards initiatives to keep it green and safe for all.This has not been happening and it looks like its getting worse!Why are our Governements selling us out to Asian Markets?Its not hard to fortell our future on this Planet..please do the right thing and quit and go green..We are such a beautiful province and the tourism market will keep us and the environment healthy.Please rethink your decision and make our planet a place for generations to come and play..Not see oil and coal along the coastlines and watch whales and fish die out because of $.Please make the right decision for our kids and grandkids...Find another way to make money.Lets go green and prove to other countries we are on the right path for our part in halting climate change...ParksvilleBritish Columbia
Sandra MostreyNO New Coal Port!!!!!I do NOT consent to my tax dollars being used to support the transport of coal!

Other countries are having great success with CLEAN energy, why is Canada not leading with clean energy initiatives?
Port CoquitlamBritish Columbia
reina lebaronTake a stand for a clean CoastIn the interests of all global citizens and future generations (including yourself!) please ensure that coal exporting from the Fraser Surrey Docks is regulated for safety, health and environmental impacts.
If this means that coal cannot be shipped from this Port, so much the better! It is unconscionable in this day and age with the clear scientific evidence for anthropogenic climate change mounting that Canada is still shipping coal at all.
Until coal-mining and shipping and burning is entirely replaced with less deadly alternatives, please ensure that the vulnerable ecosystem of the BC Coast and all those that depend on it (including humans!) are protected from the negative impacts of ANY increase.
Please ensure that there is ample opportunity for local residents and others impacted by these proposals to have their opinions heard and their needs met.
Coal-mining and exporting companies are NOT in the business of meeting people's needs or listening to their concerns. They are clearly in the business of making profits from extracting the last carbon-intensive fossil fuels and promoting their continued use.
This is unacceptable from a human (and planetary) health standpoint. Alternatives will not be established as long as the status quo is continually promoted and expanded.
Stop! Think! ACT! Refuse this proposal for ANY expansion of coal exports from Canada. Take a stand for a clean and green Coast.
Thank you.
Reina
Hornby IslandBritish Columbia
Norma ScottCoal PortI am a concerned citizen over the plans to load and ship coal to Asia from Vancouver BC.
I urge the decision makers to put a stop to this plan.
Central SaanichBritish Columbia
Stefan SellerNo new coal port!I am writing to inform you of my concern regarding your planned new coal port on the Fraser River. This is an outrageous plan and history will show that you are on the wrong side of this equation.

I demand that you address the following:

1) Conduct a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment.

2) Assess impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island.

3) Consider the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects.

4) Conduct public hearings or otherwise enable meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions.

Thank you.
VancouverBritish Columbia
max fractallProper processRespect proper process, you bunch of weasels !VancouverBritish Columbia
Chris AikmanCoal is bad economically, environmentallyThere should be no new coal ports for thermal coal in BC.

That should be obvious from either environmental and from economic arguments.
Hornby IslandBritish Columbia
Julia TaffeFederal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt: No new thermal coal ports in BCDear Minister Raitt,

We won't allow new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C.

Fraser Surrey Docks first proposed to build a new shipping facility for U.S. thermal coal in 2012 so they could barge coal to Texada Island to be loaded onto oceangoing vessels bound for Asia. Now the company has changed plans to make the project even worse: they want to directly load giant coal ships right on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver, AND send barges of coal to Texada Island.

I am writing to add my voice to the many Canadians who are very concerned about risky coal export proposals in B.C. As a concerned British Columbian I am disappointed with Port Metro Vancouver authorities lack of thorough assessments and consultation with communities.

Despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:
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
TofinoBritish Columbia
Jylah RitmeesterNo Thermal Coal PortPlease consider the health risks of such a project as well as the overall direction of such an initiative in light of our urgent global need to combat climate change. Humans increasingly support investment in clean, renewable energy such as geothermal energy---I urge you to resist the thermal coal port--I have studied the science and the global implications of this plan at UBC and it is clearly a very bad idea.VancouverBritish Columbia
Kendra ClaryCoal Export

In these times of climate change our citizens have great awareness of the impact fossil fuels have on a local and global level.
I would really like to heavily impress upon our government, the importance of including its citizens in any decisions that impact in BC.
The people of BC deserve a say over coal exports.
Maple RidgeBritish Columbia
Patricia RandallNo new coal portThe newest changes to the proposed new coal shipping facility to be sited at Surrey Fraser Docks are no improvement on previous proposals. The Port Metro Vancouver must carry out a full independent health impact assessment before proceeding with any further plans, and meaningful public input must be integral to permit decisions. Further more, consideration of the cumulative effects on the communities affected, and the ecosystems impacted has to be included in the decision process. No good making lots of profits for foreign owners of the commodity being considered for shipping if the transport of that material ruins the lives and environment of the communities along the shipping route. Time for us to control what happens in our own communities.SurreyBritish Columbia
Karen SmithCOAL EXPORTSNO OIL OR COAL SHOULD GO OUT OF BC.Maple RidgeBritish Columbia
Wayne Choquetteno New Coal PortWe have a right to secure and clean environment. It's supposed to be your job to protect it - either do it or step aside. It's long past time for corruption and rapacity, there are far more important issues facing us than lining pockets and licking corporate boots.YahkBritish Columbia
Ron GordonNo New Coal PortDecisions like this need to be voted on by all citizens, not a few backroom fascists.CoquitlamBritish Columbia
L HansenAll citizens must have a say!I find it an absolute insult to our democracy to discover there is no due process in permitting facilities such as this proposed coal port. Stop the process and and let all citizens have a say before any approval!VictoriaBritish Columbia
Eileen FarrerCoal port in on the FraserRiverNew thermal coal ports must not be built in BCAbbotsford, BCBritish Columbia
Pat GodwinCoal Export proposals.WE need a fossil fuel free economy not another hazardous fossil fuel enterprise right on our doorstep.Port MoodyBritish Columbia
Ted SmithNew Thermal coal port on the fraserNo new thermal coal ports on the Fraser River for U.S. or Canadian thermal coal, our river does not need more industrial pollution than we already have.NaramataBritish Columbia
Nicola KozakiewiczNo Dirty Coal Port PleaseTo Whom it May Concern,

In this current climate of global warming it is
unacceptable that a new Canadian port should be constructed to ship thermal coal - a fossil fuel emitting huge amounts of greenhouse gases when burned to China -
particularly when there have been no proper environmental & health assessments of the impacts that the loading & transporting of this fossil fuel will have on the environment & people near the port & along the shipping routes. The port authority should have proper public consultation with all affected communities & construction should only proceed once there is buy-in from those who would be most affected by it.
Thank-you for your time.
Roberts CreekBritish Columbia
Jeff PayneNo Coal Port PleasePlease register my opposition to the establishment of a coal port on the Fraser. It has many downsides for our society and our health and only one short term upside.ArmstrongBritish Columbia
Shelley Brierley Von ZillUse a democratic process re Fraser river ports!We are supposed to be a democracy! Let citizens be part of a democratic process re what goes through our ports and who makes that decision! Time for transparency is now!!!LangleyBritish Columbia
Lauren WillesNo New Coal PortWe wont' allow new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C. and we certainly will not agree to Fraser Surrey Docks to allow U.S. thermal coal to directly load giant coal ships right on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver AND send barges of dirty coal to Texada Island. Stop making federal authority mere puppets to the Harper administration.BurnabyBritish Columbia
Mary Ann LammersenEnvironmental Impact StudyNo coal export facility should be put in place without the public fully- no really- fully aware of the environmental risks of such a project. BC deserves a say over coal export proposals. Our future depends on some common sense planning for our future and I do not think that coal is or should be a part of that future. I am willing to live without coal and to think of creative alternatives to this dependency.LundBritish Columbia
Teresa BighamRisky Coal Export Proposals in BC !?Despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:

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
GibsonsBritish Columbia
David CunninghamNo Coal exports
coal is the most environmentally damaging of the fossil fuels. It should stay in the ground.
NilsonBritish Columbia
carol goldsteinWe won't allow new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C.Fraser Surrey Docks first proposed to build a new shipping facility for U.S. thermal coal in 2012 so they could barge coal to Texada Island to be loaded onto oceangoing vessels bound for Asia. Now the company has changed plans to make the project even worse: they want to directly load giant coal ships right on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver, AND send barges of coal to Texada Island.

Port Metro Vancouver (the federal port authority) will decide whether to allow this change. Unfortunately, instead of learning from its past mistakes, the port has made the decision-making process even less democratic than before and wants the public to send their comments directly to the proponent. That would be like Kinder Morgan taking citizen letters of comment instead of the National Energy Board!

Despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:

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
sdBritish Columbia
shane windattcoal portI am opposed to the proposed coal port at the Fraser Surrey docks. Please reconsider this project.queen charlotteBritish Columbia
Carole JacobsonSilvester Disappoints but meets HIS objectivesAs a former senior level employee for the shipping industry, I was optimistic about your background and the fresh view you might bring to North America's 4th largest port. Short lived hope.

As others, you wave the flag of "public consultation" and suppress the fact that the Federal Government will always be the recipient of consultation.

But, you did reach 2 out of 3 of your stated goals in 2011: you said you wanted to (Oct 2011 interview) learn, advise. and enjoy living here.

I have already written P M Harper a substantive letter about port/industrial land use etc. Why not add a 4th goal to your first 3: to be "generationally" honest with the public so we dont waste time in vacuous meetings with and petitions to your office and instead, direct all concerns to the P M's Office.

Respectfully submitted, C. Jacobson, B.Com.
North VancouverBritish Columbia
Collette MartinNo new coal portLet the BC residents decideNorth VancouverBritish Columbia
John DavidsonFraser Surrey DocksThis proposal is not economically viable. China is reducing its dependency on coal and will probably replace coal with LNG probably from BC. The proposal also poses a huge environmental and health risk to the lower mainland. The proposal is very unpopular - something to keep in mind for the upcoming federal election.SurreyBritish Columbia
Dave LiveseyNo coal port on the Fraser pleaseBuilding a huge coal exporting facility on the Fraser River at Vancouver would be an environmental, social and political disaster.
Fraser River salmon already have enough obstacles to migration, and Fraser valley residents have enough air quality issues to deal with.
Any government that approves such a project will be tossed out at the earliest opportunity.
SmithersBritish Columbia
Ashley FrketichNo to Coal Port!I am strongly against the proposed coal port at the Fraser Surrey Docks. Please take the strong public opposition into consideration in this plan.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Douglas CochraneNo Vancouver Coal PortThe world will soon wake up and smell the coal....and decide we either give it up or cease to exist....personally I would rather give it up for my grandchildren's sake. We don't need to ship US coal from a Vancouver port.NanaimoBritish Columbia
Michael McGrathFossil Fuels / Earth's AtmosphereIn the military world inflicting an injury on oneself is a punishable offense subject to a court-martial.

Inflicting damage on our planet is in the same category.

The very idea of continuing to market coal or oil for monetary gain when we know it is polluting our atmosphere is criminal.

For our and other species survival, our economic, federal, and provincial focus must be on alternatives.
Central SaanichBritish Columbia
Bob HannayCoal Port on Fraser RiverThe Federal Port Authority is seen to be servants of big business, and not of those who pay their salaries. Why trust our own officials with how our land and water in B.C. is used?ErringtonBritish Columbia
Ann GoncallvesB.C. deserves a say over coal export proposalsThe coal export proposals in B.C. are risky. I expect assessments on the impact to our health, the impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island, and the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects. I expect public hearings and meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions. Please do not jeopardize our health, the global climate and the future of our community.VancouverBritish Columbia
sHERRON PaaschcoalStop this bloody insanity now...Getting so tired of greed trying to ruin our beautiful province, this has to stop now!!!!!!!!!NanaimoBritish Columbia
Terry NathanBC's EnvironmentIt is unacceptable that British Columbians have no say when it comes to how their land is used and for what purposes. I demand that the Port Metro Vancouver and the Federal Government listen to what we are saying; it is our land and we have a right to decide how it will be used.VictoriaBritish Columbia
anette stauskeNO new coal portI demand a democratic process that seriously considers the health and environmental impacts of the proposed new thermal coal port on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver.VancouverBritish Columbia
Carol StewartB.C. Deserves A Say Over Coal Export Proposals.I am writing to ask you to remove your support for the risky coal export facility at Fraser Surrey Docks. Any proposal to export coal through the Port of Metro Vancouver or the Surrey Docks should be rejected.

Coal is the dirtiest, most greenhouse gas producing fossil fuel. The entire world needs to stop burning it. British Columbian needs to stop facilitating the increased use of coal.

To date Port Metro Vancouver has not addressed concerns about health and environmental impacts of the project.

Climate change is happening now. To prevent catastrophic changes in the near future we must stop using coal. Now.

For Port Metro Vancouver to proceed with no public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions, moving more coal through our ports is very much a vote for short-sighted greed for a few over long-term health and prosperity for all.
ParksvilleBritish Columbia
Dennis RakowskiFossil FuelsPlease protect our environment not only for all of us but for future generations as well. Greed is not the way to go.Port MoodyBritish Columbia
Wanda NowickiNo Coal Port!This not a safe and well thought out, or researched proposal.
Who could be comfortable with such a high risk situation?
GibsonsBritish Columbia
Alana MachattieUnacceptable Coal Export ProposalThe risky coal export proposals in B.C. are unacceptable. As a concerned British Columbian, I expect effective assessments and consultation at a bare minimum.

Despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:

-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

Please address these concerns immediately.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Blaine Barrettcoal export proposals.Back off the bullshit with coal. I live here and I don't want itSurreyBritish Columbia
Lynn ThomsonThermal Caol Port in BCThis is dinosaur thinking! Seen any of them alive and well lately?
We have to decrease the use of fossil fuels world wide, not expedite its use.
The profit will go to the corporations and the taxpayer will be left to pay the cost of climate change: droughts, forest fires, severe storms, excessive snow.
Govern for the welfare of the people.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Rob MillerFraser Surrey DocksThe concept of building export facilities at Fraser Surrey Docks to export thermal coal is just plain nuts.

Its a bad business decision as thermal coal is the first commodity that will have to stay in the ground. This decision will be based on business, human health and environmental considerations.

Canada has been a laggard in climate change discussions and thermal coal has taken its place as the very dirtiest fossil fuel of all. This fact has not gone unnoticed in the international community.

We need a comprehensive discussion of this plan. As things stand now, Canadians do not want to supply thermal coal to the highest bidder. The atmosphere doesn't recognize international borders. Where is your consultation process?
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Michele FavargerThe people of BC deserve a say about the coal export proposalsCanada is going to hell and Beautiful British Columbia is on the brink of destruction due to development and industry in the name of big money. This in no way enhances our well-being and this is OUR province, our home and our future. We, the people of BC, deserve a say in the future of our province.DuncanBritish Columbia
Dave McFetridgeStop the money trainMoney is not important, this world we live in and people, all the creatures are! Wake up before you kill us all; the world will survive without us. Stop the stupidity no more coal, oil coming before what is right, listen to the scientists!MalahatBritish Columbia
A RobinsonRobin SilvesterWe need to stop using fossil fuels. Approving a coal export facility for U.S. thermal coal port at Fraser Surrey Docks and on Texada Island is a bad idea for British Columbians and the environment. A democratic process that seriously considers the health and environmental impacts of the proposed new thermal coal port on the Fraser River must be followed.


As a citizen of British Columbia and Canada I expect a functioning democracy: a meaningful voice for local communities in major fossil fuel export decisions.
Denman IslandBritish Columbia
Kathleen GunnFraser Surrey Docks proposed coal exportsIt is unreasonable to impose the export of such a "dirty" commodity without formal consultation with the local authorities responsible for air quality, and land use.

Canada is a modern country with much experience in the world economy. We have a history of public engagement to preserve the quality of our environment. This action seems to me to be a desperate attempt to sneak a risky proposal by the local authorities.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Ricardo PatinoUnacceptableIt is unbelievable that in this century we're still arguing over protecting our planet. This is the only planet we have, period. It's time to move away from ancient approaches to energy production.

We live here, and it only makes sense that B.C. and its residents should be the ultimate decision makers on anything that can impact our waters.

Don't hide behind politics. Do the right thing. Give B.C. a voice.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Angela RobinsonRobin SilvesterToday you have an opportunity to tell decision-makers just what you think about this broken system. Click here to send a letter demanding a democratic process that seriously considers the health and environmental impacts of the proposed new thermal coal port on the Fraser River.

Fraser Surrey Docks first proposed to build a new shipping facility for U.S. thermal coal in 2012 so they could barge coal to Texada Island to be loaded onto oceangoing vessels bound for Asia. Now the company has changed plans to make the project even worse: they want to directly load giant oceangoing coal ships right on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver AND send barges of coal to Texada Island.

The public has less than a month to comment on the changes.

Port Metro Vancouver (the federal port authority) will decide whether to allow the changes. Unfortunately, instead of learning from its past mistakes, the port has made the decision-making process even less democratic than before and wants the public to send their comments directly to the proponent. That would be like Kinder Morgan taking citizen letters of comment instead of the National Energy Board!

Send a letter today telling decision-makers what you think of coal export proposals in B.C., and we'll make sure it's part of the public record at RealPortHearings.org.

As it stands the port plans on only reading a summary of comments written by Fraser Surrey Docks.

This is crazy and unacceptable.

With just a few weeks left until the federal election, now is a perfect time to show the federal government and its candidates what we expect from a functioning democracy: a meaningful voice for local communities in major fossil fuel export decisions.

Thanks for joining us in this fight,

Laura, for Dogwood's Beyond Coal team

P.S. In British Columbia we don't just roll over and allow big industries and their friends in the federal government to bully their way through our province. That's why we're taking matters into our own hands to make sure every voice is heard on the proposed U.S. thermal coal port at Fraser Surrey Docks. Send your letter today and we'll make sure Port Metro Vancouver CEO Robin Silvester and Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt (who oversees the port
SurreyBritish Columbia
Rosemary StephenCoal Export ProposalAlthough I live in the BC Interior, I have family and friends who live in the Lower Mainland. The air quality is already bad enough, now you intented to voluntary worsen the the air quality in their airshed.

It is inhuman to think that profit is more important than peoples health. Instead on investion on durty energy, why do not take all you billion dollard and finance clean energy.

No public hearing! We are the one who pays for all this. .
Prince GeorgeBritish Columbia
Robert / Audrey Wildcoal export from VancouverThis issue has very local and damaging implications. Please listen to the local civic governments and their negative vote.Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia
Linda ForsytheCoal ExportsI am appalled that coal will be shipped out of the Port of Vancouver. This is an environmentally dangerous activity and it puts the health and welfare of the citizens of the lower mainland at risk. Do not ship these toxic substances from our ports.BurnabyBritish Columbia
Diedra GoodwinThermal coalSave the planet, reduce fossil fuel consumption and supply. Do you part.Roberts CreekBritish Columbia
John ter Borgthe public needs to be involved in a meaningful way.Consult, engage, and comply with the interests of the metro Vancouver community.RichmondBritish Columbia
Daphne TaylorCoal Export Proposals from B.C.B.C. government and our Canadian Federal Government should not be dealing in coal exports. Think of the terrible environmental consequences of not only the mining of coal, but of the hazardous pollution that the citizens of the Fraser Valley will experience. All our efforts need now to be on renewable energy sources - NOT fossil fuels.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Larry WeeksGlobal WarmingWhy are we using coal...money!
This is a dead end...coal is too dirty for our environment...so why are we increasing our use of it?
KelownaBritish Columbia
Joan BernardNo Coal PortNo Coal Port - this is much too risky for BC.
Where are the hearings and public input?
We need to know the Health Impact (no assessment done), environmental impacts along the route and cumulative impacts of shipping traffic.
This is NOT ACCEPTABLE.
KamloopsBritish Columbia
Scott Van DenhamCoal port expansionI am writing to advise you that I, among thousands of other British Columbians, am opposed to ANY proposal to expand coal port operations so close to such a heavily populated area as Greater Vancouver. Coal dust is harmful to human health, our salmon-bearing Fraser River and our atmosphere. Please reject this latest proposal, and work with the people you live around your facilities to build an effective, public environmental review process for all future port expansion projects. Thank you.BurnabyBritish Columbia
Barbara CorryNew proposal for transport and shipping of thermal coal via Metro VancouverWhat are you thinking of???

The fact is this US coal is TOO DIRTY to be burned legally in either Canada or the US, and it is also TOO DIRTY to be handled at any US port...this is the only reason that, as a last ditch effort to get this dirty coal shipped out of North America, this proposal is now being made to treat Vancouver as a 3rd world country and ship their dirty coal through our port!!!!! The coal will be carried by train cars and there will be unavoidable coal dust (pollution) all along the track right of way, for sure, even if no cars leave the track or spill the coal outright. .

The rail right of way goes through populated parts of Greater Vancouver.
If this proposal goes ahead, the medical costs (not to mention the illness and suffering) will be high for people who are unfortunate enough to live near this rail line and who will be exposed to this dirty coal dust. And it is all because of some coal that is not even from Canada to begin with!

Why should our population be exposed to this sort of pollution just because the US coal industry has no other way to get rid of this VERY DIRTY coal product!

And if it has to be loaded on barges in Surrey (at the Fraser River docks), then there will be even more local pollution at that site, again (on land an into the river) , and all because of US coal that is too dirty to be handled or shipped in the USA!! so they want to give the pollution to us!!

Unloading, and then reloading, the same coal, again, at Texada Island simply magnifies the pollution problem and gives us more opportunities for spills and local pollution in that area ...and all of this pollution and risk is for SOMEONE ELSE'S DIRTY COAL .

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As responsible citizens of this planet, we should refuse to handle that dirty coal . It should stay in the ground and not be shipped (or burned) anywhere on the planet!

What are you thinking about to even consider this crazy scheme??

We in BC have to incur all the risks of this project, in order to ship a product that really ought NOT to be sold , handled or transported at all.

Nor should it be shipped anywhere else! Climate change is real and it is happening very fast, all around the world. By shipping this dirty coal to another country, for burning there, will add serious amounts of pollution to our atmosphere which is already at the breaking point.

Please say NO to any part of this insane proposal
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Janice DoddSay No to filty CoalPlease reconsder shipping dirty coal through beautiful British ColumbiaMaple RidgeBritish Columbia
Mary JansenNo New PortsWe are completely opposed to any new ports. We are active members of the community and we vote!VancouverBritish Columbia
Debra Larocheno new thermal coal ports in BCEnough already! No new thermal coal ports need to get built in BC, period. No loading coal on the Fraser River!

As Dogwood Initiative states, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:
- 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

And that last one is outrageous! The public has a right to be heard on this important issue.

Thanks!
Deb
BurnabyBritish Columbia
Derek KingstonCoalPlease stop shipping carbon based fuels.LyttonBritish Columbia
Bernadette KeenanKeep Coal off the Fraser RiverPlease address these concerns and before the project proceeds, ensure there is:

- A comprehensive Health Impact Assessment
- An assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island
- Consideration of the cumulative environmental and other impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects including the South Fraser Freeway and the associated industrial development
- Public hearings with meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions
- Overriding commitment to protect the sensitive ecosystems along the Fraser, endangered species and important wildlife and fish particularly salmon rather than just decisions made for economic reasons.
SurreyBritish Columbia
Jane Jangcoal shipsDo not even consider loading coal ships on the Fraser River You would be endangering the health of fish and humansSalt Spring IslandBritish Columbia
Zoran TodorovicProposed Coal shipping facilityLet US deal with it's dirty, poisonous coal within their own country.
This is not worth our pristine coast.
BurnabyBritish Columbia
Judy GreenNo New Coal Port on the Fraser!!!!To Port Metro Vancouver CEO Robin Silvester and Federal Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt: I am 57 years old, grew up in Richmond and have been living back here (specifically) for the past 11 years. I have lived my entire life in the lower mainland: along the mouth of the Fraser.
I take offence that those in the position of power in these matters wish to turn the mouth of the Fraser River into a Thermal Coal Transportation Route without considering the wishes and concerns of BC Residents. Texada Island, a pristine jewel, is another part of our province we do not want to see harmed ecologically. We have environmental concerns which are legitimate and need to be taken seriously. We love our Beautiful BC and do not wish to see it damaged for the sake of the Interests of Big Business!!!
If you will not listen to us and consult in a fair and honest manner... well we do have a Federal Election coming up!
RichmondBritish Columbia
Melissa de HaanNO COAL ON THE FRASER RIVER!Despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:

1) No Health Impact Assessment.

2) Zero assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island.

3) No consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects.

4)No public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions

The port authority is run by unelected leaders hell bent on promoting trade and industrial growth with virtually no accountability to the communities where it operates. The port is fundamentally biased towards industry: in August 2014 it granted Fraser Surrey Docks a project permit despite unprecedented public opposition and concern from local governments, health authorities, businesses, unions and community groups.
The port is just as disinterested in our concerns about this project as they were before the permit amendment. It doesn't want to read our letters - it will only read a summary of comments written by Fraser Surrey Docks.

I am letting the port and federal government know that British Columbians will not allow risky fossil fuel export projects to be rammed down our throats, with total disregard to the environment, the ecosystem of the Fraser River, and the communities that live there.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Mark PironCoal Export ProposalDespite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address, including:

- 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

Please open up the decision making process to public consultation now. Allowing citizens to send comments to the proponent makes little sense.

Yours Sincerely,
VancouverBritish Columbia
Emma JacksonCoal export has no futureBC deserves better than to become a stepping stone for non local companies to profit off of one of the dirtiest forms of energy.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Annabelle WilczurWe the people need a sayThe people of BC at least need an adequate amount of time to give feedback on the proposed thermal coal port on the Fraser in Vancouver. One month is not enough, and complaints should be made to thé govt instead of the companyVancouver see ctBritish Columbia
Russ CollinsCoal port ?!I'm definitely against, and for at least three good reasonsLumbyBritish Columbia
Jaslyn HabertCoal Oil Gas, None Shall PassLocal concerns over the development of unsustainable resource economies must be heard, and it is the responsibly of the National Energy Board to hear them. Listening to the people is the basis of democracy. This proposal to build new coal exporting facilities in an already busy port that has had a number of toxic spills in 2015 alone is unacceptable.VancouverBritish Columbia
david leithBC Coasts Do really, in your heart of hearts, not believe that those who are most affected, and, have the most local knowledge, should not be part of the discussion?VancouverBritish Columbia
Sue MartinCoal ExportsCanada should not even be thinking about expanding coal exports. Coal is a dirty fuel and increases global warming. Our money should be put to cleaner projects - developing greener ways of producing power.
This is in addition to the problems that local residents in the Vancouver area would be subjected to. They should be listened to! And not by the companies that would profit from such exports, but by the regulating authorities, who are, I hope, able to make an informed decision and not simply be persuaded by the company seeking to do this.
ShirleyBritish Columbia
Stephen LakowskiThis should be our decisionBig energy companies don't have to deal with the consequences of living here after this project has been completed, we do. It shouldn't be the say of a handful of wealthy business owners what the rest of the people living in the Lower Mainland will ultimately have to live with.VancouverBritish Columbia
Janet MoodyCoal shipments from bcWhy are we even dealing with coal?North VancouverBritish Columbia
Rafael ZambranaSTOP THE ABUSEThe environment is being decimated by short sighted, profit-oriented decisions to keep using a known sort of energy that is destroying our home on earth.
I am disgusted by the insensitivity displayed by our Prime Minister and his aids who keep on pushing for an energy resource any responsible person should be fazing out of use.
BurnabyBritish Columbia
Don HarrisonCoal & LNG loading at Surrey Fraser docksThis whole idea comes under the heading of insanity. Population involved is far too high. Coal dust in the air around the households is not acceptable. The rewards will not be realized by those being affected. I urge those deciding to go back to planning and locate elsewhere.LadysmithBritish Columbia
Roberta SagaNo new coal Port in the Port of VancouverThis project needs a fair and open process, inclusive of the following where there are major gaps the Port has thus far refused to address:
1. No Health Impact Assessment
2. Zero assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island
3. No consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects
4. No public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions
SparwoodBritish Columbia
James JordanNo New Coal PortWe won't allow new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C.
Port Metro Vancouver (the federal port authority) will decide whether to allow this change. Unfortunately, instead of learning from its past mistakes, the port has made the decision-making process even less democratic than before and wants the public to send their comments directly to the proponent. That would be like Kinder Morgan taking citizen letters of comment instead of the National Energy Board!

Give your head a shake and fix this mess.
LANGLEYBritish Columbia
Nick PatenaudeUndermining MajorityHow do you expect to gain the trust of British Columbians, when you refuse to acknowledge our requests? The export of coal along any of our coastlines is not what BC envisions as a safe, or reliable economic decision. The province of BC want sustainable, and ethical business growth. Not an environmental plague that leeches our land and sea.VictoriaBritish Columbia
diana PogueFraser Surrey DocksDo NOT allow new thermal coal ports to be built in B.C.
As citizens of this Province we have a right to voice our opposition to this dangerous and irresponsible idea. What we believe and consider dangerous needs to be heeded by this Port authority and the Federal Government. DON'T DO IT.
KEEP IT IN THE GROUND.
SookeBritish Columbia
marinus lutzRe new coal portI know us pesky citizens get in the way but i'm sorry i must say
HEY DUMBFUCKS- WE WANT OUR SAY!
VancouverBritish Columbia
Lynne Currieno new coal ports in BC!Coal exports along with oil will soon be decreasing. Why do we need new coal ports except to make more money for the few at the expense of the Citizens of BC and our children who will be shouldered with the environmental damages.Maple RidgeBritish Columbia
Dennis Burdon-Murphycoal and oil exports.Enough already of this senseless, short vision and greed driven attitudes towards life and our essential environment. We can live without raping nature and creating more pollution in service of greed and domination by the truly insane but we cannot live without nature and a healthy environment. Time to rethink, reflect and fine a new direction in real economics that not only includes life but prioritizes it.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Marcel DuruisseauNo Coal ExportsWe don't want the BC coast destroyed by coal production.VictoriaBritish Columbia
D. Siobhan CurtisCoalI am an elderly British Columbian citizen who has lived here nearly all my life near the sea.
I value our marine life, beaches and sea hoping that my grandchildren will be able to witness and enjoy them too.
Coal exporting in our seas would threaten marine life greatly. There are more sustainable energies to be used besides coal that don't threaten the ocean and marine life. There don't seem to be any insurances should there be a major spills which is likely looking at past accidents. Please reconsider this unpractical dangerous plan.
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Judith WellsNo Coal PortsWe the public are educated, aware, and watching every decision you make.
The 1% may have all the money and think they have all the power but democracy still rules and the 99% people have the VOTE.
Remember that in your decisions.
The decisions can be reversed with a new government in a few months.
Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia
Marianna VanderkliftCoal Port distributionAlways more pollution!
There is no way that more coal can be transported without more pollution.
How will our oceans survive?
Fish and wildlife are struggling already.

Marianna
NanaimoBritish Columbia
Ellen Willinghamno more coal ports ! We need to leave the coal in the ground- for the sake of future generations of all creatures , as well as our grandchildren and beyond . The planet is struggling and we need to help not pour more toxic materials into the environment . EllenPender IslandBritish Columbia
Julianne ArsenaultBC deserves a sayWe live here. We deserve the right to be heard.North VancouverBritish Columbia
Mary Rehercoal exportTo Robin Sylvester, Port Metro Vancouver CEO, and Lisa Raitt, Federal Transport Minister:

I oppose the building of a new shipping facility for US thermal coal, loading ships on the Fraser River, and sending barges of coal to Texada Island.There has been no health impact assessment carried out by Port Metro Vancouver, as well as no assessment of the impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island.There has been no consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects. There have been no public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions.

I believe this is a risky project with insufficient prior research into the consequences, and no public consultation. Please do not pursue it.
Pender IslandBritish Columbia
Leslie SlackFraser Surrey Dock coal shipping proposalAs a resident of Ladner I am extremely worried about the risks involved to the health of my family and myself, and the environment if the above coal export proposal is approved without performing the following:

-Health Impact Assessment
assessment of impacts along the proposed barge route to Texada Island
-consideration of the cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from multiple existing and proposed export projects
-public hearings or meaningful consideration of public input in permit decisions
DeltaBritish Columbia
ethan munroOur coast lines and livelihoodI am 14 years old and a sailing coach my life and my livlyhood is centred around the ocean and I and many others I know feel the same way this is our land and we will stand up for it please read this and take it into consideration I wanna hear if this even gets read or just sent into the trash folder.
-ethan
SookeBritish Columbia
Bobbi KingCoal port on Fraser RiverThe Americans don't want it; why is it being forced on us?!VancouverBritish Columbia
Rick SheppardFraser Ssurrey Docks expansion- Vancouver, BCFraser Surrey Docks first proposed to build a new shipping facility for U.S. thermal coal in 2012 so they could barge coal to Texada Island to be loaded onto oceangoing vessels bound for Asia. Now it has changed plans to make the project even worse: it wants to directly load giant oceangoing coal ships right on the Fraser River in the heart of metro Vancouver – AND send barges of coal to Texada Island.
Port Metro Vancouver (the federal port authority) will decide whether to allow this change. Despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address:
-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
No consideration at all given to the huge amounts of greenhouse gases that will be emitted by burning the coal at its final destination.
I urge you to reconsider this matter and address the above glaring shortcomings.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Tara TorrellPlease address the major Gaps in the coal export proposalI call on Port Metro Vancouver and the Transportation Minister to seriously consider the valid and respectful concerns of British Columbians, where a large outcry of citizens, businesses, doctors, unions and scientists have expressed and presented facts on the serious risks of fossil fuel export projects in the area being detrimental to our health, safety and environment.

Loading giant coal ships right on the Fraser River, a rich sockeye salmon spawning pathway located right in the heart of Vancouver is very ill thought and ignores the risk to the salmon fishing economy, wildlife, and residents who live in the area, only to then send the barges to Texada Island for export to Asia.

As a concerned citizen, risky coal export proposals are too dangerous and we should not be supporting the continuous use of fossil fuels, especially risking the health of our oceans, rivers, wildlife and lands for the profit of a few big corporations and so other countries can continue to create and contribute to green house gas emissions at an alarming rate-allowing severe climate change conditions to thrive. We must look at alternatives to balance the health of our province for future generations.

Despite more than two years of delays for this coal project, there are still major gaps the port has refused to address, including:
-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

This is unacceptable. The Port must be accountable for the communities in which it plans to operate these facilities, public consultation is imperative for a democratic process which British Columbians should be entitled to.

Please address the major gaps listed that this coal proposal is missing prior to any agreements. Thank you.
Port MoodyBritish Columbia
Susan KaramessinesTransport of Coal through Lower MainlandPlease do not increase the coal brought through the Lower Mainland. This is our best agricultural area and surrounds our greatest city. You need to put more thought into your planning than you have so far.

Thank you.
DuncanBritish Columbia
fouad hafizB.C. deserves a say!Allow the people of BC to voice their opinion regarding coal export proposals!! Please don't subvert this country's democratic ideals.BurnabyBritish Columbia
Brian OlynekWTFWTFGoldenBritish Columbia
Eileen WttewaallNo new thermal coal ports in BCAs a concerned British Columbian, I strongly object because:
-there has been no health impact assessment
-The proposed barge route is a disaster waiting to happen in our stormy seas
-no cumulative impact study of the increased traffic
-no public hearings of such a crucial action.
Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia
Ellen RainwalkerNo new coal port exportsThe people of BC deserve a say over coal export proposals. Otherwise, how can we claim that Canada is a democracy? And why on earth would anyone this it's okay for giant barges to unload coal on the Fraser River in the heart of Metro Vancouver? I can only conclude that the people who want to do this have somehow sold us out to the fossil fuel industry.CumberlandBritish Columbia
Gordon SimpsonCoal export projectsI am disgusted by all Government level attitudes on this topic. It is time to consider the interests and rights of ordinary Canadian Citizens. We should be dictated to by external Governments and Corporations. The Environment is a very important topic but our current Federal Consevatives are totally ignoring it. Another reason why we shall probably NOT be voting conservative in the upcoming Election. Coal loading should not occur in the middle of a major city. Furthermore, letters and comments should be accepted by Port Vancouver and the National Energy Board. You are screwing the citizens of this great Country. No wonder that We think that politicians are swimming at the same depths as the legal profession. Not something to be proud of.

Regards

Gordon Simpson
VictoriaBritish Columbia
Gary Bywatercoal exports proposalsWe are disappointed yet again by the shady dealings of corporations and government trying to erode a democracy that should allow for true public process. As Canadian Citizens we demand a democratic process that honestly considers the health and environmental impacts of the proposed thermal coal port on the Fraser River. This type of project will impact generations to come and the people of British Columbia should be given respectful consultation.....that can not be done in a month neither can a thorough impact assessment . sincerely Gary and Sharon BywaterSaltspring IslandBritish Columbia
Grant BabinCoal Export ProposalGood day,
I would like to express my concern over the proposed expansion of coal exports out of BC. The coal industry is a sunset industry. Nations around the world areoving towards renewable and sustainable methods of energy production. Even China is moving away from burning fossil fuels. It is time for BC and Canada to start investing in the future instead of investing in old technology that is on it's way out. Please consider peoples well being before looking at what will ultimately be short-term gains.

Thank you for your time.
Thetis IslandBritish Columbia
Roy StrangCoal PortIt's unconscionable that a U.S. organisation should propose using B.C. waters for coal export and that BC residentshave no say. This proposal needs full, frank and open debate immeditely with particular attention to environmental risks and impactsSurreyBritish Columbia
John NyboerCoal and the Coal PortI find it incredible that, given the upcoming Paris COP and the obvious climate change implications of getting more coal carbon into the atmosphere that, for the sake of an investment in a dead end industry you would entertain the idea of both loading giant coal ships at the Surrey docks as well as ship, by barge, to Texada. I find it appalling, immoral and unethical, knowing what we know about CO2 and climate change, that we would allow our rail infrastructure and ports to contribute to continuing this climate change disaster! California says NO, Oregon say "You shall not pass", Washington says "NOT THROUGH HERE" and we say "SURE, LET US HELP YOU REEK CLIMATE HAVOC!"

I beg you to come to your senses, get the dollar signs out of your eyes and consider the future before you allow this travesty to continue.

Dollar for dollar, we are better off investing in renewable energy and its infrastructure requirements in terms of the economy, jobs and the environment than in a fossil fuel supporting infrastructure that we all know (or should know, if we read the science) is a dead end street.
LangleyBritish Columbia
mary dunsdonFossil fuelsPlease, no fossil fuels through beautiful BC. Their usage so promotes planet warming. With all the info out there today...are you corporate ex deaf and dumbKamloopsBritish Columbia
Brian TurnerCoal export proposalsThe best we can apparently hope for is a change in government, and a more sensible approach to coal exports. Why can't the current gov't deal with this issue appropriately, instead of simply rubber stamping it?VictoriaBritish Columbia
Phil KempKeep coal in the ground!This is exactly the time NOT to dig, ship and sell coal .I demand public bodies that look to our FUTURE; coal is part of our dirty past - useful in its day, but that day is done.Powell RiverBritish Columbia
Graham HeslopCoal ExportsSo what's gone wrong with the consultation process ? You're all essentially public servants but you're not prepared to serve the people paying your salaries. Rather you'd prefer to kowtow to big business under the misguided thinking that this is really in the public interest.VictoriaBritish Columbia
Rodney PoldenNo coal exports from Port Metro VancouverThe risks and costs to the environment of the Lower Mainland and along the shipping route through to Texada Island, and the likely impacts on the health of residents in all the areas involved means that there needs to be fair and meaningful influence over the decision making process by the Province and people of BC. The present arrangements are unwise, undemocratic and will lead to more problems than progress in the near future.

Please listen to the advice from health professionals, biologists and many other members of the public. The latest proposal is just a massively bad idea.
Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia
Roberta OlenickCoal exportsNO to loading huge coal ships on the Fraser River in Metro Vancouver.
NO to coal barges going to Texada Island.
NO to leaving important decisions directly with the project proponent!
YES to a proper Health Impact Assessment of coal exporting.
YES to assessment of impacts along the barge route to Texada.
YES to full consideration of cumulative impacts of shipping traffic from existing and proposed export projects.
YES to public hearing/serious consideration of public input in export permit decisions.
NO to unilaterally forcing coal exports on British Columbians.
NO to coal export facilities as these will lock us into a fossil fuel future when carbon reduction is what is desperating required.
VancouverBritish Columbia
Rod McRaeFraser Surrey Dock coal shippingI live in the area. I can view the area. It will be a nightmare for those of us residing in the area. If it goes ahead as planned we will do everything the law allows to see that it is blocked and that any malfeasance on the planners be punished.SurreyBritish Columbia
Jerry BarenholtzCoal ShipsThe fossil fuel industry continues to ramp up production, rape the environment, and maximize profit. This will continue until (1) the resources are played out, (2) the coastal environment is hostile to and ruined for most human activity, or (3) until the government does its part in seriously regulating industry, rather than rubber-stamping proposal that comes along.
You know the science, and you should know that more hangs on your actions than profit. Govern. Don't enable the privateers to continue to pillage.
Salt Spring IslandBritish Columbia
Rex EatonUS thermal coal shipments through BCAs a father and grand father, I add my voice to the many opposed to this proposal. Give your heads a shake folks - the future of the planet depends on our moving away from all fossil fuels. The alternative energy sources are here - so no excuses. Suggest you look in the mirror and ask yourself if you will be shamed when your kids and grand kids ask you what you did to help stop climate change.SurreyBritish Columbia
Elisabeth ChisholmConcerned citizen and coal exportAs citizens of this country, parents, grand-parents, teachers, etc. we expect the Federal Government of Canada to take very seriously your decision-making process, and who put you in office to make those decisions.
Don't run away from the public, and listen to us - you are the citizen's conduit. Just because the Fraser River is far away from your offices - treat our health and our environment here with importance!
ChilliwackBritish Columbia
Hugh WallerUS Coal through CanadaWe as BC residents and Canadians do not want US coal shipped through our country or from Canadian ports. The use of Canadian ports for this dirty fuel is not democratic or sensible as the world gets off the carbon addiction.SookeBritish Columbia
Robert SpringNo coal ports on B.C. Coast- especially near the Lower Mainland !!!My reasons have been voiced by so many that it seems redundant to list
what has been stated over and over again...

IT'S TIME TO END OUR SELF DESTRUCTIVE DEPENDANCE
ON FOSSIL FUELS !!!
VancouverBritish Columbia
Daniel ScottNo New Coal PortI am against the using of Vancouver as a port for Coal to China as we need to be reducing our carbon footprint globally, not endorsing the burning of coal in China. This is unacceptable and takes no account for public health and safety.WhistlerBritish Columbia
Larry PommenNo More Coal Exports!Shipping U.S. thermal coal from B.C. ports is sheer madness in light of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. It has to stop - now.VictoriaBritish Columbia
William PowellWake upWake upPowell RiverBritish Columbia
Angela BurnettDONOT SADDLE US WITH DIRTY COALIf our neighbours to the south refuse to allow US thermal coal to be shipped through THEIR ports, why are you promoting such shipments in BC?

We should NOT be facilitating the use of dirty coal anywhere. Don't you realize how little time we have left to start undoing the damage already done to our planet by profligate energy consumption? What will open your eyes to the urgency of the situation? How many more huge storms, severe droughts, tornadoes, and other abnormal climatic events will it take?

With the failure in leadership shown by both unelected (Port Authority) and elected (Transport Canada) officials, I truly fear for my grandchildren's future.
Richm