Letter writers take issue with support for a North Surrey project that would mean more coal trains in the south.

Letter writers take issue with support for a North Surrey project that would mean more coal trains in the south.

More coal trains: bad business

Editor:

Re: Board of trade backs new coal terminal, May 28; Business groups divided on coal trains, May 30.

Editor:

Re: Board of trade backs new coal terminal, May 28; Business groups divided on coal trains, May 30.

To read the Surrey Board of Trade CEO’s remarks on the Fraser Surrey Coal Terminal Project is shocking.

It appears Anita Huberman and her board missed most or all classes in chemistry in high school, where one learns of the damaging effects of coal dust.

A million people die every year from inhaling coal dust. How many dollars does it cost our health system?

Fifty jobs versus the well-being of generations to come?

Tourists coming to “Super Natural British Columbia,” landing from the west, fly over a huge coal terminal. Coming from Europe over the northern route, they can see another in Prince Rupert. Now we are adding two more, in the Fraser River and the Strait of Georgia?

The premier sells B.C. with the slogan, “Canada starts here.” If this and the expansion of Delta Port goes ahead, I can only say: “My Canada ends here.”

Now we read that the South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce is voting against the Fraser Surrey Docks proposal: Bravo. But could the two organizations not have talked to each other?

Wolfgang Schmitz, White Rock

• • •

The proposed extension of the coal terminal in Surrey is claimed to provide 50 extra jobs in the region.

Longer, more frequent coal trains in White Rock will reduce tourism, will cause more inconvenience for anyone using the beach area and will reduce property values and development close to Marine Drive. This will certainly cause a reduction in employment that is close to, if not more than, the 50 jobs claimed for the terminal.

Not even considering the increased pollution caused by open coal carriages, increased profits received by the terminal will be paid for by the losses and the reduction in the quality of life incurred in White Rock.

I assume our MPs, MLAs, councillors, business groups, etc., as our representatives, will publicly oppose this plan.

Laurence Oliver, White Rock

• • •

While enjoying a lovely dinner out with friends at White Rock beach last week, we experienced firsthand just how detrimental the coal trains are as they pass through White Rock and South Surrey.

Besides the disruption of the increased number of trains, and the time it took for the train to go by, seeing the dust from uncovered coal passing through was appalling. Thank goodness we weren’t eating outside.

Anyone who thinks having a new coal terminal in Surrey is a good idea has not considered the impact on those businesses along White Rock and Crescent Beach.

As the weather improves and locals and tourists flock to both, it will take just one look at the filthy coal trains passing through to turn people away.

Colleen Kusack, Surrey

 

 

Just Posted

William Henry Rawlison was last seen on Sunday, June 20, 2021. (Contributed photo)
Police looking for missing White Rock senior

William Rawlison, last seen on June 20, may be driving to Kamloops

Natalie Brown and Colten Wilke star in the feature film Thunderbird, co-produced by South Surrey-raised Michael Morrison and released this month in Canada, the U.S and the U.K. (Contributed photo)
South Surrey-raised producer helps bring ‘Thunderbird’ to the screen

Michael Morrison guides B.C.-shot thriller with First Nations connection

File photo
Surrey Board of Trade vows ‘a lot of noise’ will be made about tax increases

Huberman calls for comprehensive tax review at all levels of government

2019 Red Serge Gala guests try their luck at roulette. (Simon Lau photo)
High hopes for in-person Red Serge Gala on Semiahmoo Peninsula

28th fundraiser for community safety programs set for Oct. 23 return

TEASER PHOTO ONLY - Hillcrest Drive-In's sign at the end its run in Surrey, in a photo uploaded to cinematreasures.org by hermangotlieb.
SURREY NOW & THEN: The city’s last drive-in, Hillcrest showed movies for 50 years on site turned shopping mall

‘It was a good memory, being the last drive-in in the Lower Mainland, at the time,’ says former operator Jay Daulat

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Chilliwack secondary school’s principal is apologizing after a quote equating graduation with the end of slavery in the U.S. was included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. (Screenshot from submitted SnapChat)
B.C. student’s yearbook quote equates grad to end of slavery; principal cites editing error

Black former student ‘disgusted’ as CSS principal apologizes for what is called an editing error

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

A coroner’s inquest will be taking place at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni for the next week. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Teen B.C. mom who died following police custody recalled as ‘friend to many’

Police sent Jocelyn George to hospital after intoxication had gone ‘beyond the realm’ of normal detox

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton band chief condemns suspicious burning of 2 Catholic churches

Both Catholic church fires are deemed suspicious, says RCMP

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

By protesting uninvited in First Nations’ territories, conservationists are acting in a neocolonial or paternalistic manner, says Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis. Photo by Heather Thomson
A closer look: do Vancouver Island First Nations support the war in the woods?

First Nations/environmentalist old growth alliance uneasy, if it exists at all

Most Read