Province gives okay to tankers carrying jet fuel on Fraser River
What Green MLA Andrew Weaver refers to as “floating bombs” have gotten the green light to navigate the South Arm of the Fraser River.
The B.C. government announced today (December 12) that it has issued a conditional environment assessment certificate to the Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corp. for a proposed jet-fuel delivery system.
A consortium of commercial airlines flying out of Vancouver International Airport, VAFFC plans to send Panamax-class tanker ships up the Fraser River to a wharf and tank farm in Richmond. From there, jet fuel will be transported to YVR through a 15-kilometre pipeline.
Environment Minister Mary Polak and Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman granted the certificate on December 11.
"We are confident that the prevention measures included in the EA will effectively contribute to the prevention of an accidental fire or spill," the ministers conclude in their reasons for decision.
The certificate includes 64 conditions. VAFFC is required to use tankers with double hulls, that travel at slow speeds in the Fraser River, and that each have two escort tugboats.
"With these spill prevention measures, the probability of a medium or large sized spill would be rare and unlikely to occur during the Project’s lifetime," reads the reasons for decision.
Weaver recently told the Georgia Straight that the VAFFC proposal is "madness".
“You’re bringing floating bombs into the lower arm of the Fraser River. It’s crazy,” Weaver said.