Loading articles...

Delta mayor calls for pause on new marine terminal, citing environmental concerns

Last Updated Jun 2, 2019 at 11:18 am PDT

GCT Deltaport, Delta, British Columbia. (Source: GCT Delaport)

Harvie says there are concerns about how the project could impact killer whales

The port handled a record number of containers last year

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The mayor of Delta is calling for a pause on the proposed new marine terminal the port wants to build in his city, saying he has concerns about the environmental impacts.

Until scientists with the government and the port have a unified position on what the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 would mean for the environment, Delta Mayor George Harvie says he wants the project put on hold.

“Mainly there’s real questions with regards to impacts on endangered species, [including] southern resident killer whales,” he says. “And we really need to change. The economy is changing, the global economy, and there needs to be more studies with regards to the appropriateness of enlarging this port.”

But with the port handling a record number of containers last year and that number projected to grow, advocates like Anita Huberman with the Surrey Board of Trade say this new terminal is needed.

“With all of the the Free Trade Agreements that the Canadian government is putting in place, our current port infrastructure is inadequate,” she says.

“Without this Roberts Bank Terminal 2 expansion, exports will be diverted to other ports, U.S. ports, costing Canadian consumers [and] Canadian businesses,” Huberman adds. “We need to be self sufficient, we need to be a global player, we need to be focused on infrastructure improvements. Without adequate investment, Canada’s going to be left behind in regards to economic growth and trading capacity.”