Burrard Inlet, Port Moody Arm — questions on soil and contaminants, PCT expansion
Concerns have been raised by local stewardship groups and Port Moody staff and council about the Pacific Coast Terminals (PCT) expansion project, including movement of soil, and potential environmental impacts.
These concerns were raised (in part) at a Port Moody council meeting on July 28, 2015, and council agreed to send a letter to PCT with questions and a request that the company consult with local groups. It’s not clear when the letter was sent.
On Dec. 1, 2015, PCT appeared before council to respond to concerns, and said the company hadn’t yet consulted with the local groups. PCT also said the public should not be concerned about dredging and contaminated soil, and that the required environmental assessments had been completed and the project approved by Environment Canada and the Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans.
Councillor Diana Dilworth removed herself from the discussion, as PCT is her employer.
PCT started with a presentation, which was followed by questions and discussion.
All members of council present had comments and questions for PCT, and Mayor Clay ended with:
“I can’t believe in the years that PCT has been here that you came in here tonight, gave this presentation and I now have lost all confidence that you guys are managing this project properly. The answer that you don’t know how to get hold of the stewardship groups when they’re sitting right there behind you, we all know who they are. I’m going to send you their phone numbers in the morning. I will arrange a meeting in my office where you guys can sit together and talk, whatever we need to do. But this needs to stop. This is making Port Moody look very bad and I don’t, and none of us up here, enjoy that. We’re being figuratively dragged through the mud here which isn’t a lot of fun when we don’t have control of this project, we’re not a regulatory agency, and even our simplest questions now aren’t being answered. PCT is a great corporate citizen of Port Moody and they have been, and we understand that, but I almost feel that we’re being taken advantage of right now. So […] move this forward in a positive direction. But I’ve never been more disappointed than for somebody to tell me that we don’t have their phone number, couldn’t they phone us. That’s honestly not at all what we’re looking for from PCT. […] frustrating.”
PCT segment is 60 minutes, item 4.2
Dredging worries in Port Moody inlet
Lead, mercury & other substances Burke Mountain Naturalists concerns
Tri-City News, Dec. 3, 2015
2015-09-19: Bits and pieces (includes link to Global TV news story, ‘Port Moody Potash Clash’)
Letter from PCT dated December 11, 2015 to City of Port Moody, from Jan. 12, 2016 council agenda package, pages 511-514