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Environmental Concerns Might Trump PMV Expansion

: Transport

Ports of Prince Rupert and Vancouver Confront Growth Challenges 2018-04-25

A key infrastructure priority at the Port of Vancouver is the Terminal 2 project for a C$2-billion, three-berth second container terminal at Roberts Bank that would provide an additional 2.4-million-TEU capacity to meet anticipated demand and remain competitive with U.S. ports accommodating the larger ships now being deployed in the transpacific trades. The expanded terminal would be built about four miles from the shoreline at the western end of the existing causeway, encompassing an area of 270 acres that would include a container storage yard, rail intermodal yards and improved road access.
 
It is estimated that, even with current and proposed improvements to existing infrastructure, additional capacity will be needed by the early to mid 2020s. The project’s backers would like construction to begin sometime this year.
 
But environmental lobbies have been escalating their opposition. And some analysts have described as “a potential death blow” a development that occurred this past February – the serious concern expressed by a federal agency over the project’s impact on hundreds of thousands of sandpipers that migrate annually to the South Delta. The stern warning was delivered by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, which still has not given the required regulatory approval. The ECCC challenges the project’s proposed mitigating measures. Public hearings are expected soon – with uncertainty continuing to surround the final outcome of the whole complex process.
 
Read more in an article from American Journal of Transportation.

Read more about Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) on their website.

Source: CIFFA
 

 

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