Target: Jeff Scott, President and CEO of Fraser Surrey Docks LP
Goal: Halt Fraser Surrey Docks’ project to develop a Canadian coal transfer facility, which would store hazardous coal materials from the United States
Large multi-purpose marine terminal, Fraser Surrey Docks LP, is planning to ship thermal coal down the south arm of the Fraser River, which is in the Vancouver area. If approved, the project will handle four million metric tons a year from a massive thermal coal deposit in Montana and Wyoming. The coal export process will destroy the habitats of marine life in the river and increase pollutants for nearby residents. Prevent this company from using Canadian waterways for America’s storage and endangering species in the process.
Frasier Surrey Docks plans to ship 86-meter by 22-meter barges once a day down the Fraser River in the first year and double the number of trips every year thereafter. In six years, the company hopes to move eight million tons of coal and take 1,280 trips per year down the river. The shipping route will produce a large amount of hazardous coal dust near residential areas, and the burning of coal will also harm the global environment.
“It’s right up there at the top of the list of incredibly bad projects for the Fraser River estuary,” said Richmond Coun. Harold Steves in an interview with the Vancouver Sun. “It’s the same as having Panamex tankers shipping jet fuel down the river. Except in this case, we’re going to accept coal from the States, which is being rejected by American citizens for shipping out of their communities, and we’re looking to ship it out of Canada because our environmental laws are so lax that we’re ripe for the picking.”
Sign the below petition to halt the Fraser River coal export plan until the environmental concerns are addressed and resolved.
Dear Mr. Scott,
Canada is not America’s dumping ground, and the Annacis Island should not be used to store coal that no one else has room for. The coal export project that you applied for with Port Metro Vancouver will undoubtedly destroy the habitats of marine life in the area and expose residents to high amounts of coal air pollution.
I am urging you to investigate the environmental impact of shipping mass quantities of your large barges down the Fraser River. If you cannot implement an export plan without destroying species and polluting the air, then your project should not move forward.
[Your Name Here]
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