VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Opponents of a proposed jet fuel terminal at YVR will gather this morning in what a local MLA calls a final plea to the province to stop the project.
“That’s why we’re having the news conference to make one more public plea. A critical, catastrophic accident at that site could be the death knell for the Fraser estuary and the marshland surrounding it,” says South Delta MLA Vicki Huntington.
“There’s always a catastrophic incident that can happen and that’s what we worry about,” she adds.
Huntington is concerned most people living near the airport don’t know about the project. “I don’t think the public is terribly aware of this. It hasn’t received the level of attention that I think it should have.”
A green light from the province would mean a jet fuel terminal, tank farm, and pipeline constructed on the South Bend of the Fraser River and through Richmond.
Huntington and Richmond Mayor Malcom Brodie, along with other speakers including a biologist, will highlight the potential for environmental disaster in the Fraser River if the project gets approval.
Environment Minister Mary Polak is expected to make a ruling by December 24th.
The press conference will take place in Steveston’s Garry Point Park at 10:30 a.m.