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VAPOR-A Society for Vancouver Airport Fuel Project Opposition for Richmond

Fundraising Event

Dinner

Thank you! To Steveston Seafood house all of our special guests and those you took the time to come out support a worth while cause. The dinner and silent auction was able to raise $2400.00 for the VAPOR Society's legal aid.

Thanks to community donations, fundraiser by Steveston Seafood House and West Coast Environmental Law/ Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund grant VAPOR now has a legal fund of over $20,000 only $15,000 more to go! Please spead the word and consider a donation to help get us to our goal.

Proof that human error and equipment malfunctions are still very prevalent:

!!The BC Government has approved the transportation of Jet Fuel in Fraser the River!!

Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation (VAFFC) / BC Environment Ministry propaganda on the approval can be found here.

Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) was the only Federal authority with approval power in this assessment and will also profit from its approval as the 80 million litre jet fuel tank farm for this development will be built of PMV land.  The very definition of a conflicted interest.

"...compensate for loss by aboriginal food, social and ceremonial fishers licensed under the Fisheries Act caused by a fuel spill."  So it's ok to decimate fishery as long as someone pays a few cents per fish, to one affected First Nations band? There are many First Nations and non-First Nations that rely on the Fraser River Fishery.

The BC government 64 ‘conditions’ are essentially cut and pasted self-imposed conditions layout by the Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation (VAFFC) noticeably a missing from the conditions was:

  • The requirement to keep the pipeline route away from residential areas and farm land
  • Minimal specific fire protection requirements, no mandate for automated fire suppression system for both the tank farm and marine terminal
    The BC EAO has not mandated an independent system safety risk analysis , so it is unclear if it is even possible for Richmond to Protect it's citizens.

The VAFFC is under no obligation to take Richmond's Fire concerns and has in fact reject the city's demand for Fire Hall and Fire boat.

The $500,000 per year paid to Richmond by VAFFC for firefighting will barely cover the cost of the three shifts required to create one 24/7 Fire Rescue personal position. One position to protect the potentially thousands in immediate area!?

The BC Auditor General has identified that BCEAO conditions have no enforceability or accountability, so wouldn't that make them merely suggestions?

The VAFFC/ BC government seem to be send a lot time tell everyone how many tanker trucks are on the road but the FACT is that according to legal document here the capacity of the existing pipeline is 1.9 Billion litres per year. YVR is currently consuming 1.4 Billon litres per year. The current pipeline operator we have quoted as saying that they can meet 100% of YVR current needs.By upgrading the fuel pumps on the existing pipeline there would be little or no need of any tanker truck on our roads.

  • The proponent has informed the BC Government/ BC Environmental Assessment (BCEAO) office that with a spill probably frequency of 6000 litres every 6 years and 120,000 litres every 32 years that it will be spilling jet fuel into the Fraser River.
  • Recent reports issued by the BC and Federal government as detail BC’s inadequate spill response capabilities.
    The proponent has informed the BC EAO that the marine terminal that will support Panamax tankers up to 350 meters in length will located 400 meters from large Residential and entertainment complex and has left protecting public up to the City of Richmond, yet has not mandated an independent system safety risk analysis to determine if that is even possible.
  • The proponent has warned the BC government of the risks which they have chosen to ignore, we in turn now hold them responsible when ridiculously irresponsible project has it’s predicted failures. So...

WHEN THIS HAPPENS ....

Fuel Tanker spill Jet Fuel Fire Fish jet fuel bath

Blame ...

MaryP JohnY CClark
Honourable Mary Polak ignored overwhelming scientific evidence, common sense and the 90% of Richmond and Delta residents polled who oppose this project and approved the project. Honourable John Yap's office is half a block from the South Arm of Fraser River yet he took a wait and see ... and do nothing approch. Ignored the wishes of his own constituents. Priemer Chirsty Clark: The approval of this project, forsakes domestic crude and refined jet fuel sources (Burnaby and Washington State) for slightly cheaper overseas oil, which will likely result in a net loss of domestic jobs as a result.  This project also put the Fraser River river fishery at risk. So much for the BC Jobs Plan.

"The Project would present a new and unacceptable risk to the locally, nationally and internationally important fish and wildlife populations of the Fraser River estuary."

"The department does not share the same confidence as the proponent that the spill response plan would effectively and reliably protect the high ecological values and sensitivities of the estuary."

-Environment Canada Letter, August 17, 2011

To view the letter:Aug. 17, 2011 Environment Canada Letter

"The Proponent has not offered credible, science-based evidence in support of their position."

"Environment Canada agrees that using Panamax class tankers would result in fewer ships (though this could change with predicted increase demand over time); however, the consequences of a catastrophic spill would be much greater."

-Environment Canada Letter, January 3, 2012

To view the letter:Jan. 3, 2012 Environment Canada Letter

 

AliceW Gail Harper
Honourable Alice Wong MP for Richmond saw no problem with Port Metro Vancouver as the only Federal agency with approval power in this proposal also profiting from it's approval . She was also not interested hearing our concerns " I have given you half an hour I think that's enough." Honourable Gail Shea is the Minister for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans she and her predecessor abdicated assessment responsibility to the Provincial Government Right Honourable Stephan Harper gutted the fisheries habit protection requirement and made it possible for DFO and Environment Canada to abdicate responsibility to the Provincial Government.

NiceFraser

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are chances of a spill? A statistical certainty with a spill frequency probability of spills at 6,000 litres every 6 years and 120,000 litres every 32 years?
  • Can a spill be contained and cleaned up? Two months after the Lemon Ck. spill and jet fuel was still present in water samples. Two resent spill response reports concluded that BC's spill response would be poor. Booms may little effect due to flow and tidal influences of the river.
  • Will the proposed jet fuel marine terminal and 80 million litre tank farm be safe? That is a complex question. The proposed project is 400 meters from a residential complex and entertainment complex with potentially thousands people there at any giving time and no hazard risk assessment has been conducted for the proposed facility. Richmond Fire Rescue has identified inadequate fire protection in the area, with only two roads leaving the area.
  • Are there alternatives to provide fuel to YVR? Obviously it is important that YVR received the jet fuel required, however there are better way to transport the fuel that one's being proposed. The current pipeline to YVR is not being used efficiently, with minor upgrades to fuel pumps the pipeline ALONE could meet current demand and future demand for quite some time. Initially the VAFFC looked at 14 fuel delivery options, we believe that they chosen one of the worst of those solution. YVR is within 50km of two refineries that produce jet fuel both of which already have existing marine terminals.

 

Update: Lemon Creek Jet Fuel Spill!

VAPOR Society co-chair Biologist Otto Langer was invited to give the keynote speech to community in and around the Lemon Creek area on River's Day. Mr, Langer was able to detect the smell of jet fuel 80ft from river over two months since the spill. He also reported that he was able to find invertebrates upstream from the spill site, but was unable to find any downstream from it. Clearly jet fuel doesn't just evaporate and wash away. Stay turned for Otto's full report after he returns.

 

Our thoughts go out to the people, fish, wildlife and ecosystem in and around Lemon Creek. We wish them all a speedy recovery. The tragedy of the Lemon Creek has shown that jet fuel will have a significant impact on the waterways if they are contaminated with it and can persist longer than some would have you believe. VAFFC's own documents predict the probibility of a spill in the Fraser River estuary at almost four times (120,000 liters) the size of the Lemon Creek spill every 32 years and a 6000 litre spill every 6 years.

The above video has graphically shown the importance of protecting our waterways from jet fuel spills.

In response the Press release by BC MLA Vicki Huntington outlining her deep concerns for jet fuel transportation on the Fraser River estuary.

Where is the public input!?

Port Metro Vancouver's Tanker Risk study (renamed Tanker Traffic study has been released. Also recently released was VAFFC's study into the effects of Jet Fuel on Biofim. Both have been conveniently released after the last public consultation. VAPOR insists that the public must be allowed to comment on a COMPLETE project proposal, especially on reports that relate to the risks the proposal present.

  • Tanker Traffic study - no EAO public review!
  • Fisheries Loss Compensation study - no EAO public review!
  • Biofilm-Sandpiper spill study - no EAO public review!
  • Spill contingency study - no EAO public review!

The important document VAFFC's Spill Risk report was recieved by the BC Evironmental Assesment Office on June 1, 2012, but was not posted for public viewing until November 19, 2012!!

These are not trivial documents the validity and conclusions they draw cannot be understated. Include, that the only Federal approval agency Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) is in a conflict of interest as PMV will profit from its approval; 180 day process has now gone on for over 700 days and the last time the public was able to ask questions about the project as a whole was the 2 minutes each given in 2010, does that seem like a fair process?

Polls

POLL

It's clear that the general public oppose fuel tankers in the Fraser River Estuary.

Update!: recent poll by Straight.com again shows that close to 90% of those who answer the poll do not want this project to proceed!

!!Environment Canada's letters regarding VAFFC's project proposal!!

"The Project would present a new and unacceptable risk to the locally, nationally and internationally important fish and wildlife populations of the Fraser River estuary."

"The department does not share the same confidence as the proponent that the spill response plan would effectively and reliably protect the high ecological values and sensitivities of the estuary."

-Environment Canada Letter, August 17, 2011

To view the letter:Aug. 17, 2011 Environment Canada Letter

"The Proponent has not offered credible, science-based evidence in support of their position."

"Environment Canada agrees that using Panamax class tankers would result in fewer ships (though this could change with predicted increase demand over time); however, the consequences of a catastrophic spill would be much greater."

-Environment Canada Letter, January 3, 2012

To view the letter:Jan. 3, 2012 Environment Canada Letter


 

The EAO's comment period regarding Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation (VAFFC) addendum to change the pipeline route in now closed. The comments can be viewed at Vancouver Airport Fuel Delivery Project Comments.

Important Government contacts

It is very important to send your comments and opinions to Local, Province and Federal representatives below are a few suggested e-mail contacts:

  • BC Minister of environment - Hon. Mary Polak
  • Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas Hon. Rich Colman
  • BC Premier - Hon. Christy Clark
  • Richmond East MLA - Hon. Linda Reid
  • Delta South MLA - Hon. Vicki Huntington
  • Federal Minister of the Environment - Hon. Leona Aglukkaq
  • Federal Minister of the DFO - Hon. Gail Shea
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    The Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation (VAFFC) plans to have oil tankers travelling 15 kilometres east up the south arm of the Fraser River to unload and store up to 80 million litres of jet fuel on banks of the Fraser River in seismicly sensitive ground that will straddle large parts of Richmond with unreasonable risk and responsibility to our environment, health and prosperity. We are not opposed to responsible fuel delivery to the airport, but this plan is unacceptable!! We are demanding that VAFFC look at better options to meet their need. So this website was created to increase awareness of this issue and to encourage people to get involved and have their voices heard!

    Video of Miami Tank farm fire on March 24, 2011

    Marine Terminal Proximity

    Proximity of the Marine Terminal to Residential and Commerical Buildings

    Project Proposal

    Conecept drawing of the Marine Terminal and Tank Farm. Small oil tanker shown.

    PanMax Tanker Footprint

    The ACTUAL size (footprint) of 300 meter x 50 meter PanMax oil Tanker.

    Potential Risk!

    Spills on the Fraser:

    VAFFC's plan would have Oil tankers similar in size to one depicted below travelling 15 kilometers up Fraser River. Navigating around other commercial and recreational traffic and debris. Mooring and unloading on a busy river way is fool-hardy. Any spill that does occur will spread quickly due to the flow of the river. Posing significant risk to environment and those use and live near the river.

    PanMax Tanker

    Possible type and size of Fuel tankers that could be on the Fraser River.

    Fuel Tanker spill

    Fuel spill on the Mississippi River. Why risk the Fraser River to a similar fate?. Accidents, Acts of Nature and unforseen events happen, best option must be chosen and this is not it!

    Liquefaction Map

    Map of the Liquefaction hazard in Richmond, BC. To see a larger version Click Here.

    Pipeline Route

    Map of the Proposed Pipeline route. To see a larger version Click Here.

    What can you do?

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    • Sign our online petition: VAPOR Petition
    • Print out our convenient comment form, write down your concerns and send it to the BC Environmential Assessment Office.

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    • Have a vapor window sticker placed in your winodw.
      VAPOR car sign
      If interested please contact Carol Day at 604-240-1986 a suggested donation of $20 would be greatly appreciated.

    • Become a VAPOR Society member! VAPOR Membership Form
    • Check this page often for updates.
    • Contact your local MLA, city council, Minister of Water, Land & Air protection and BC Premier and tell them how you feel about this project and what options your prefer.

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