Richmond city council should have the ability to deny jet-fuel project
I am writing this as an open letter to Richmond city council and my fellow Richmond residents. The time is closing fast on the decision for the jet fuel pipeline.
At the current time, the City of Richmond while opposed to this project, does not have the jurisdictional ability to deny the project. It is absurd, that any city, anywhere in Canada should have to accept a project which will require that same city and taxpayers to bear the environmental, health and financial risk of a project which is being proposed by private companies as a cost saving measure.
This project does not create long-term jobs and has no public benefit. The irony for such a proposed location to hold jet fuel on the Fraser River within eyesight of Canada’s largest commercial fishing port should be obvious.
When this project is finally denied once and for all, as it must be, my request is that the city council work with other municipal councils to pressure the provincial and federal governments to give future city councils the final say over projects, such as this one, which pose a negative impact on their community.