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Fraser Surrey Docks | Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project

Project status

Permit issued 

On August 21, 2014 Port Metro Vancouver issued a Project Permit to Fraser Surrey Docks LP for the development of a Direct Transfer Coal Facility to handle up to four million metric tonnes of coal.

Backgrounder - About this Project and Decision Process
Related media release

Fraser Surrey Docks and Coal FAQs
Presentation: Technical media briefing 2014 08 21

The permitting process considered environmental and technical information, as well as municipal, agency, community and First Nations input. 

In completing its federal environmental review and as per Section 67 of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA 2012), Port Metro Vancouver considered the information and proposed mitigations provided by Fraser Surrey Docks and other relevant information and concluded that with the implementation of proposed mitigation measures and subject to the conditions of the permit, the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Environmental Impact
Assessment
Fraser Surrey Docks submitted an Environmental Impact Assessment (refer to Volumes 1-4 below) on November 18, 2013 at which time Port Metro Vancouver initiated a 30-day public comment period.

After a review of the assessment and related public comments, and an additional review by independent environmental consultant, Golder Associates Ltd., Port Metro Vancouver required Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD) to conduct further studies around the potential impacts to human health. Fraser Surrey Docks submitted a Human Health Risk Assessment according to methods and guidance set out by Health Canada, the findings of which were also reviewed by Golder.


Decision documents
These documents summarize the environmental effects of the project, including its effects on human and ecological health, and include information with respect to additional mitigation measures required of Fraser Surrey Docks.


Additional information and related documents
Backgrounder - About this Project and Decision Process
Port Metro Vancouver Project Review Process 
Human Health Risk Assessment - July 2014
Environmental Impact Assessment Public Comments Response Memo - August 2014
Environmental Impact Assessment - November 2013  (refer to Volumes 1-4 below)
 

Documents referenced in the Environmental Review Decision Statement

Letter from Karla Graf of Triton Environmental Consultants Ltd. to Jurgen Franke of FSD with the subject line “Supplemental information to EMP for a proposed coal direct to barge facility at Fraser Surrey Docks in Surrey BC” - November 25, 2012

Email from Brian Naito of Fisheries and Oceans Canada to Juergen Baumann of PMV with the subject line “RE: Fraser Surrey Docks coal project impacts on Shadow Brook” - November 28, 2012

Letter from Karla Graf of Triton Environmental Consultants Ltd. to Jurgen Franke of FSD with the subject line “Proposed water and sediment quality monitoring programs for the operating temporary coal offloading facility at Fraser Surrey Docks, Surrey BC” - April 18, 2013

Letter from Karla Graf of Triton Environmental Consultants Ltd. to Jurgen Franke of FSD with the subject line “Evaluation of Bekaert Access Road Option 2 at Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD)” - June 5, 2013

Letter from Jeff Scott of FSD to Jim Crandles of PMV with the subject line “Analysis of Options for Covering Barges” - August 27, 2013

Letter from Jeff Scott of FSD to Jim Crandles of PMV with the subject line Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Design Changes - April 17, 2014

Complete Drawing Package - April 17, 2014

Letter from George Duggan of BNSF Railway to Tim Blair of PMV affirming BNSF Railway’s commitment to build a coal re-spray center along their rail line - May 20, 2014

Direct Transfer Coal Facility Excavation and Dewatering Management Plan, prepared and submitted by FSD - June 1,2014

Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Coal Transfer Facility: Air Quality Assessment, prepared by Levelton for FSD - June 20, 2014

Archaeological Overview Assessment of Direct to Barge Coal Project, Receiving Pit and Steel Tunnel, prepared by Archer CRM Partnership for FSD - July 8, 2014

Human Health Risk Assessment, Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility, prepared by SNC-Lavalin for FSD - July 18, 2014

Direct Transfer Coal Facility Water Management Plan prepared by Omni Engineering Inc. - August 2014

Direct Transfer Coal Facility Construction and Communications Plan, prepared and submitted by FSD - August 2014

Third Party Review Fraser Surrey Docks – Direct Transfer Coal Proposal, prepared by Golder Associates for PMV - August 7, 2014

 
Consultation documents
All public feedback received during the public comment period has been summarized in the Environmental Impact Assessment Public Comments Response Memo. Individual responses have not been provided. 

Fraser Surrey Docks Environmental Impact Assessment Public Agency Comments
  
Fraser Surrey Docs Environmental Impact Assessment Public Comments 
Warning: Some emails in these documents below contain material that may not be appropriate for all audiences. Names and email addresses have been removed to protect privacy.


November 18 - November 23 - Part 1; Part 2
November 24 - November 30
December 1 - December 7
December 8 - December 14 - Part 1; Part 2
December 15 - December 17 - Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4


Environmental Impact Assessment

VOLUME 1: Main Document and Executive Summary
VOLUME 2: Appendices I to VII
VOLUME 3: Appendices VIII to IX
VOLUME 4: Attachments

The assessment is also available on the Fraser Surrey Docks website.

Earlier project and technical information



Contact information
Project permit process: Tim Blair, Senior Planner, Port Metro Vancouver by email or phone at 604.665.9378.

Media inquiries: John Parker-Jervis, Port Metro Vancouver by email or phone at 604.665.9267.

FSD: Jill Buchanan, Public Affairs, Fraser Surrey Docks by email or phone at 778.772.8025, or visit FSD’s website.



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