SCCA News

Our Coal Hard Facts: Coal Shipment Impacts on the Sunshine Coast held on November 23rd at the Sechelt Indian Band Hall in was a resounding success.

Over 150 people packed the SIB Hall, including Chief Garry Feschuk, District 46 School Trustee Lori Dixon, SCRD Councillor Donna Shugar, and Gibsons Councillor Lee-Ann Johnson for an informative and lively two and one-half hour meeting.

We send our gratitude to the generous donors and volunteers who helped make it all possible, including: Roger Handling (graphic design), Sechelt Indian Band (donation of facilities), Strait Coffee, our knowledgeable panelists for their time and expertise, and the many helping hands too numerous to name.

A Youtube video of the presentation is available.

Click here to learn more about the issue and to find out what you can do to address the impacts of US Thermal Coal transport in our coastal waters.

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The SCCA was awarded participant funding from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Authority (CEAA) to review the proposed draft Application Information Requirements (dAIR) for the Burnco Aggregate Project (a proposed gravel mine at the mouth of McNab Creek).

The SCCA contracted Schick Consulting and Stamford Environmental (Schick- Stamford) to review the dAIR with respect to fisheries and aquatic habitat. This review was submitted on October 11, 2013.

Open Houses are being held in Gibsons (Oct. 1) and West Vancouver (Oct. 2) to gather public response on the Burnco Aggregates Project proposed for McNab Creek.

Burnco Aggregates is proposing a sand and gravel mine in the McNab Creek estuary (just northeast of Port Mellon). This watershed has significant fisheries and wildife values as well as intertidal and subtidal habitat for various species. A large pit will be created to a proposed depth of 35 meters (110') that will become water filled as the pit progresses. Several small streams draining along the shore area also have salmon populations and may be impacted by stock piles of material etc.

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The SCCA has written the Provincial Ministry of Engery and Mines regarding a proposal for bulk coal handling proposed by Lafarge Canada on Texada Island. The lack of public input that has been required is unprecedented for an industrial development of this size.

A million of tonnes of coal is proposed to be shipped and handled per year, but only 30 days was allowed for public response (in the middle of summer). An extended environmental review is merited.

SCCA Letter of Response