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29th October 2015
EDITOR
The Council of Canadians Delta/Richmond chapter and the Wilderness Committee are holding a 'Tale of Two Rivers' public forum this evening.

Chapter activist Eric Doherty has just tweeted a photo and notes, "Lots of concerned #RichmondBC residents out to find out about plans for #LNG on Fraser River."

The promotion for the event asked, "What kind of future do you envision for the Fraser River - the world's Greatest Salmon River? A heavily industrialized corporate lifeless water way or a thriving river full of life? ...Join us for a community gathering to share information on the proposed LNG terminal at Tilbury Island and other projects that impact the region."

Last October, the chapter noted, "We have learned that FortisBC plans a $400 million expansion of its Tilbury facility, and that a major new LNG port, capable of shipping 3 million metric tonnes of gas per year, has been proposed by WesPac Midstream LLC., to be built on the Fraser River next to the Fortis plant." And the chapter commented, "This is a huge expansion of fossil fuel processing, storage, and shipping, right in the middle of the delicate Fraser River estuary. It will mean many hundreds of massive LNG tankers on the river every year, and it will mean the increased danger of explosions, leaks, spills, and devastating accidents."

Richmond News notes, "Among the topics under discussion at the Tale of Two Rivers Richmond LNG Town Hall will be a proposed LNG terminal at Tilbury Island, a jet fuel tank facility planned near the Silver City entertainment complex, plus other projects that can impact the region." One of those other projects is the replacement of the George Massey Tunnel with a bridge. The Delta Optimist has reported, "Potential changes in the hydrology of the Fraser River with a new bridge is one of the issues local farmers want examined. ...[They are] wondering whether the increased depth and length of dredging will have the same effect as removing a dam that currently restricts the intrusion of the 'salt wedge' up the Fraser River."

The speakers this evening include Rhiannon Bennett of the Musqueam First Nation, engineer Eoin Finn and John Terborg, an adviser to Delta Farmer's Institute.

Further reading
Delta/Richmond chapter opposes jet fuel terminal on the Fraser River (December 2014 blog)

http://canadians.org/blog/deltarichmond-chapter-opposes-jet-fuel-terminal-fraser-river