Opinion

LETTER: Council needs more info from BNSF

A recent proposal by BNSF to install a siding track to accommodate the storage of coal trains between 64th and 72nd would appear to premature to the fact that the Fraser-Surrey Coal Port facility has not been approved to date, or has it?

Council’s reluctance to approve of Coun. Jeannie Kanakos’s motion to seek further information on the impacts this would have on the surrounding environment and quality of life of the people in the vicinity puts in question the previous motion that you unanimously adopted  to require a full independent environmental and health impact assessment before any further proposed coal transportation was approved in the Lower Mainland.

Did Council not remind them of this fact? If not, why not?  It would appear that they are so confident that they will be approved to proceed with the Fraser Surrey Coal Port or they would not be proceeding at this point. I quote from an the article in the South Delta Leader, dated Jan. 10, 2014: “Safety is paramount to the railroad and it makes (us) nervous when people are traversing our tracks in different ways.”

One has to ask what about the health and safety of the people and their environment when their tracks traverse our communities.

I ask that Council inform them and the Port Metro Port Authority of its previous motion and that it will not cooperate in any fashion until the full independent environmental impact assessment has been undertaken along with any approvals that might be forthcoming after such an assessment. Anything less would not be in the best interests of Delta or the surrounding municipalities.

Douglas Massey

Delta

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