On February 10, 11 and 12, VAPOR Society and Otto E. Langer vs. BC Provincial General(BCAG) and Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation (VAFFC) will be back in BC Supreme Court to complete the presentation of legal arguments in court. However, VAPOR still requires funds to complete this judicial review. The VAPOR Society hopes to quash the environmental certificate issued by the BC Government, improve the public consultation process during an environmental review and encourage safer more responsible jet fuel transport option such as a land based pipeline to existing refineries. The VAPOR society has raised about $45,000 so far and will require an additional $15,000 to cover the extra court cost.
The VAPOR Society has an unpaid volunteer board of directors and is a not for profit society. All funds from received will go towards legal costs and information promotions related to this case.
The mighty Fraser River is one of the greatest salmon rivers in the world. The Fraser River Estuary is also home to the globally significant migratory bird populations and the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. The Fraser River Estuary has also been recognized for its globally important wetlands by the international Ramsar convention.
Canoe Pass at the mouth of the Fraser River Estuary.
“The Ramsar Convention is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands, to stem the progressive encroachment on and loss of wetlands now and in the future, recognizing the fundamental ecological functions of wetlands and their economic, cultural, scientific, and recreational value.”
The proposed VAFFC marine terminal and jet fuel tank farm
However, a recent project has been approved that will put the Fraser Estuary and the public’s safety at significant risk from spills, fire and explosions. The VAFFC development would result in a marine terminal located 15km upstream of its mouth on the Richmond side of South Arm of Fraser River. That facility would accommodate Panamax class fuel tankers loaded with highly toxic and flammable jet fuel to be unloaded into an 80 million litre tank farm a short distance away. The fuel would then be transported in a new pipeline15km across Richmond to the Vancouver Airport. The marine terminal and a supertanker unloading jet fuel would be located 400 meters from a large residential and commercial entertainment complex, with potentially thousands of people in in the area at any given time.
VAFFC’s own documentation states that the likely spill frequencies for this project are 6000 liters every 6 years and 120,000 liter spill every 32 years. There has been a lack of system safety analysis to determine if is possible to protect the community from the worst case hazards this project poses. There are serious concerns from Richmond Fire Rescue that an accidental spill, fire or explosion will put the public and environment at an unacceptable risk.
Dead fish due to a jet fuel spill in Lemon Creek.
About VAPOR Society
In response to this real threat to the river and the public, the VAPOR Society was formed. It is a group of volunteer citizens and professionals including former senior Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) biologist of 32 years and retired system safety engineer who worked on the International Space Station’s Canadarm 2. VAPOR’s mandate opposes jet fuel supertankers in the Fraser River and promotes safer, more reliable and environmentally friendlier options to get fuel to Vancouver Airport (YVR). BC Environmental Office and Environment Minister have approved VAFFC’s proposal to put tankers in the Fraser River and our last resort is to now to proceed with this judicial review to protect the Fraser River and the public from this unnecessary and irresponsible project.
VAPOR supports the economic importance of the Vancouver airport and there are other economically feasible options that are much safer, more reliable and more environmentally acceptable to get fuel to YVR airport. VAPOR insists that VAFFC re-visit the options they identified, such as transporting jet fuel to YVR by means of pipeline only from the two refineries that now supply 100% of the fuel needed at the airport, and then promptly dismiss its currently proposed option.
Your support will go toward this judicial review to force the re-assessment of this project and prevent the serious safety and environmental risks this project poses and to help protect the world class salmon/fisheries/migratory birds of the Fraser River Estuary and its associated sensitive habitats and sanctuaries.
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