A coal train rolls along White Rock’s waterfront. (File photo)

LETTERS: Demand an end to thermal coal transport in B.C.


Many Peninsula residents voiced strong objections a few years ago when the shipment of over 10.5 million tonnes per year of U.S. thermal coal, along our beachside rail line and out the Roberts Bank terminal, to Asia was approved.

Whether it is simply the increased train traffic, or the huge environmental impact of burning this “dirty” coal upwind of us, or the wind- and rain-borne coal dust particles that end up contaminating land and water along the transportation corridor, there are many good reasons to consider this one of B.C.’s dumbest business ventures.

Also, in light of the fact that governments in Washington, Oregon and California refused to permit the export of this filthy coal, it also qualifies as a low point in B.C.’s stewardship of the local and global environment.

Fortunately, times are changing, and we may now have a second kick at the can to stop this absurd practice. With the federal Liberals facing an election in the fall, and with the provincial Green Party now controlling the balance of power in the legislature, and the NDP government trying to demonstrate they do have an environmental soul – we may have the best opportunity in many years to put an end to the shipment of dirty US coal.

So, for the sake of your children and grandchildren, my invitation is for you to take a few minutes to email the Prime Minister justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca. the BC Green Partly Leader Andrew Weaver andrew.weaver.mla@leg.bc.ca and Premier John Horgan at premier@gov.bc.ca and demand the end to this shameful activity.

S.C. Mitten, Surrey

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