Tell your regional, provincial and federal politicians that the environmental cost of T2 is too great

Send a message to your politicians to protect Roberts Bank from the Terminal 2 Expansion Project

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Municipal
Delta Mayor, Council and MLAs
Richmond Mayor, Council and MLAs
New Westminster Mayor and Council
White Rock Mayor and Council
Vancouver Mayor and Council

Provincial
BC Premier Christy Clark
BC Environment Minister – Mary Polak
BC NDP Leader – John Horgan
BC NDP Environment Critic – Spencer Chandra Herbert
BC Green Party MLA for Oak Bay – Gordon Head – Andrew Weaver

Federal
Prime Minister of Canada – Justin Trudeau
Leader of the Green Party – Elizabeth May
Leader of the New Democratic Party – Tom Mulcair
Interim Leader of the Conservative Party – Rona Ambrose
Member of Parliament: Delta Honourable – Carla Qualtrough
Member of Parliament: Richmond – Joe Peschisolido
Member of Parliament: Richmond – Alice Wong
Minister of Science – Kirsty Duncan
Minister of the Environment & Climate Change – Catherine McKenna
Minister of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness – Ralph Goodale
Minister of Innovation, Science & Economic Development – Navdeep Bains
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans – Dominic Leblanc
Minister of Natural Resources – James Carr
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities – Amarjeet Sohi
Minister of Transportation – Marc Garneau
MP and NDP Democratic Reform Critic – Nathan Cullen
MP and NDP Fisheries, Oceans and Coast Guard Critic – Fin Donnelly

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In 24 hours, almost 200 people voiced their opposition to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency why they opposed the building of Port Metro Vancouver's (PMV) Roberts Bank Container Terminal 2.

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.

Issues With T2 Economics

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.

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Environment Impacts of T2

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.

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Impacts on Social Well Being of Communities

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.

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Alternatives to T2 Expansion - Price Rupert

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.

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Organizations behind this campaign

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Supporting Organizations

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