Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Northwest Environment group outlines areas of concern for proposed Vopak product terminal

An artists rendition of the VOPAK terminal proposed for 
Ridley Island near Prince Rupert

With the deadline arriving today for comments related to the proposed VOPAK Products Terminal at Ridley Island, the Northwest environmental watch group the T Buck Suzuki Society has raised a few flags towards how they view the development.

With the organization highlighting their areas of concern through an online presentation that relays a range of topics for consideration by the public.

Key among the items:

The volume of liquid propane, methanol and other petroleum products that each day will pass through northern BC communities along the CN Oil line from Prince George to Ridley Island

The schedule of Medium Range, Very large and Panamax tankers that will serve the port and carry product through the Skeena Estuary each year.

Propellor wash and contaminated sediments

The potential for toxic fuel spills in the estuary habitat

Noise and impact on marine life and fish, as well as the need for enforcement provisions related to elements of the impact that the development will have on the region.

You can review their full presentation here.

In late November VOPAK opened the public comment period with a Virtual Open House that outlined the Dutch global shipping company's outline for development of the project at Ridley.

To date, the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office has received 47 comments from the public related to the project which you can review here.

You can review those observations and provide some of your own if you wish before midnight tonight from this link.

The BC EAO project page can be reviewed here, with documentation and other features available for review.

More on the VOPAK proposal can be explored from our archive page here.

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