LETTER: Port takes biofilm issue seriously

Re: “Port says review panel won’t slow down T2,” Jan. 17, 2014.

This story quotes Roger Emsley suggesting Port Metro Vancouver is “ducking key issues” surrounding biofilm and the importance of its presence in the Fraser River Estuary. On the contrary, since early 2012, Port Metro Vancouver has been conducting a number of baseline field studies (which characterize current conditions) at Roberts Bank and the surrounding areas to collect information to be used as a part of the environmental assessment of the project, including specific studies regarding biofilm.

In addition, between November 2012 and March 2013 (prior to formally entering the Environmental Assessment process), Port Metro Vancouver initiated four technical advisory group (TAG) workshops to proactively gather input from the scientific community to help guide studies pertaining to shorebirds and biofilm. Participants included key regulatory agencies and leading experts on Biofilm from around the world.

The Port Community Liaison Committee for Delta, of which Mr. Emsley is a member, has been informed about our ongoing field studies on multiple occasions, including a presentation on biofilm on Nov. 27, 2012. The terms of reference for the field studies, and a summary report of our TAG process, are currently available on the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 website. Visit www.portmetrovancouver.com/rbt2 for more information. We encourage anyone who is interested to sign up for our monthly field studies email updates.

Cliff Stewart

Vice President, Infrastructure Delivery

Port Metro Vancouver

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