NEW WESTMINISTER (NEWS1130) – A New Westminster man is spearheading a petition drive, to see how many other people are worried about coal trains being loaded on the Fraser River, across from his city.
A Fraser Surrey Docks expansion would see coal trains from the States transferred onto barges.
The dust from the transfer process has people concerned about air quality.
James Crosty says air quality is already poor.
“I just took a white cloth and a little bit of Windex on my white railing and you get dirt but this dirt is grimy, it’s greasy, so we’re already facing bad air quality.”
He expects it to get worse if Port Metro Vancouver goes ahead with the plans.
“Coal dust in the mix creates a sludge when it’s wet that’s incredibly damaging to your lungs, to fish, to the river, and the land around it,” he insists.
He’s inviting people to his business on Sixth Street in New West for the next two weeks to sign the petition. He says he’s already received a lot of support from people living south of the Fraser.