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e-4356 (Environment)

Initiated by Alex Harris from Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

  • The Port of Vancouver is proposing to double the size of its shipping terminal at Roberts Bank in the Fraser River Estuary in BC;
  • The project would create a new 108 hectare concrete island in the middle of the estuary;
  • Terminal 2 will further destroy habitat in an estuary that has already lost more than 70% of its floodplain habitat;
  • The Fraser Estuary supports 102 species considered at-risk of extinction;
  • The Fraser River Estuary is habitat for at-risk species, including endangered Southern Resident killer whales and Fraser Chinook salmon, the former of which are listed under Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act;
  • Fraser River Chinook salmon are a transboundary species that are subject to the international Pacific Salmon Treaty. They are of ecological, economic, and cultural importance;
  • Southern Resident killer whales have legally-protected Critical Habitat in the Fraser estuary;
  • The federal Impact Assessment Agency identified irreversible impacts that Terminal 2 would have on Southern Resident killer whales, Fraser River Chinook salmon, and other wildlife;
  • The federal Impact Assessment Agency determined that the project impacts on Southern Resident killer whales from decreased abundance of Fraser Chinook within critical habitat would constitute a violation of the Species at Risk Act; and
  • Canada’s commitments to species recovery and biodiversity, as stated at COP15, run contrary to approval of Terminal 2.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to utilize the collective evidence presented by Canada’s Impact Assessment Agency, peer-reviewed scientific research, and local conservation organizations to reject the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 expansion in the Fraser River Estuary.
Open for signature
March 13, 2023, at 1:45 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
April 12, 2023, at 1:45 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands)
April 26, 2023 (Petition No. 441-01349)
Photo - Elizabeth May
Saanich—Gulf Islands
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia
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