The $3.5 billion plus second container terminal on Roberts Bank is just not needed – now nor any time in the foreseeable future. With expansion planned for existing Vancouver terminals plus at Prince Rupert’s container port, all of British Columbia’s container ports have capacity to handle CANADIAN container volumes for many years to come, – WITHOUT BUILDING ROBERTS BANK TERMINAL2.
The T2 proposal has a seriously flawed business case and will result in huge risks to the Roberts Bank ecosystem – the most important ecosystem in Canada in terms of its abundant wildlife and biodiversity.
The new government and the MP for Delta need to hear from you.
Tell them not to allow T2 to be built. Tell them you do not want the unneeded and hugely destructive Terminal 2.
They need to hear this – again and again.
By looking at the commercial and financial considerations the research shows that there are significant issues with the business case for T2. The projections for future growth appear to be highly inflated. The assumptions of effective capacity of existing West Coast container terminals and the potential for their expansion are not correctly portrayed. There are significant rail issues. There are huge potential risks for the financing of the project. If built it would have the dubious distinction of being one of the most expensive port projects in the world.
In reviewing the values of the Roberts Bank ecosystem we believe that there is a real danger that T2 will result in irreparable harm to one of the most important areas of wildlife abundance and biodiversity in the whole of North America. The T2 project is likely to cause damage if not outright destruction of bird species, especially the Western Sandpiper. It will cause further disturbance to fish and crab habitat, to areas critical to the very survival of marine mammals, especially the already endangered Orca whale population. The risks are severe; the impacts will be immediate, irreversible and cannot be mitigated.
The potential for further disruption to surrounding communities will result in increased air pollution; further traffic congestion; greater pressure on valuable agricultural land; and increased noise and light pollution.
The first phase of the Prince Rupert Fairview container Port opened in late 2007, and now, with a capacity of 850,000 Containers (TEUs), is handling over 750,000 containers per year. Work is underway on the Phase 2 North expansion which will add another 500 – 600,000 TEU capacity and will be completed in 2017. The Phase 2 South expansion is in the planning stage and once it is completed – in about 2020 – this will give the port a capacity of about 2.5 million TEUs. Further expansion is also being contemplated so that Prince Rupert would be capable of handling up to 4.5 million TEUs in the future.
With that kind of capacity coming on stream, Canada’s west coast will never be short of container terminal capacity.