Protesters of the conditionally approved jet fuel facility on the Fraser River are seeking the public’s support – and money – to take the government to court over its decision.
Last week Environment Minister Mary Polak approved an environmental certificate for the Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation.
The protest group VAPOR – Vancouver Airport Fuel Project Opposition for Richmond – says it needs to raise about $30,000 to take the government to court.
According to its website VAPOR is claiming the public consultation process was flawed because there were no independent environmental studies conducted on several issues and when there were studies done (such as on tanker trucks by Port Metro Vancouver) they were released after the few public hearings that did occur.
VAPOR claims that it’s a statistical certainty that 1,000 litres of jet fuel will spill into the Fraser River every year during unloading, and that’s not considering a large accidental spill.
VAFFC claims it has measures in place to prevent such spills.
If the project ultimately goes ahead, large oil tankers will run up and down the river on a weekly basis.
VAFFC is a consortium of airlines and claims the option to build the jet fuel tank farm on the shores of the Fraser River is the best option as it gives the airlines an alternative and/or cheaper overseas fuel source.
The facility will hold 80 million litres of fuel in six above-ground steel storage tanks. A new pipeline will run through Richmond to the airport to deliver the fuel.
Read more of the government’s decision to approve the fuel facility here.