FOWS Action Centre
The BC Environmental Assessment Office is accepting public comments until December 30th. Submit your comment here. The expansion of the Vopak propane export terminal near Prince Rupert is set to increase the number of train cars carrying propane, diesel and methanol through our communities from 50-60 per day to up to 240, and bring up to 171 tankers per year close to critical salmon habitat in the Skeena Estuary.
We have identified three main concerns with Vopak's proposal which could be included in your comment:
1)There is a risk of anchoring off the coast resulting in a massive cargo spill of highly toxic diesel oil and gasoline. Click here for more information about marine threats.
2) Vopak brings the risk of a spill into the Skeena estuary and nearby critical salmon habitats like Flora Bank. Click here for more information about threats to salmon.
3) Rail traffic to the Vopak terminal will not be considered as part of the environmental assessment. Increasing traffic of dangerous goods traffic through the northwest by 240 rail cars a day poses serious risks. Click here for more information about rail risks.
The proposal is currently in the environmental assessment process with comments being accepted until December 30th - click here to submit yours today!
Join us in calling on the Minister of Transportation Omar Alghabra (formerly Marc Garneau) to initiate an independent risk assessment under the Railway Safety Act prior to any further increase in the transportation of dangerous goods. Sign Now!
The volume of dangerous goods being transported by rail through our communities and the Skeena and Fraser watersheds is set to sky rocket in the coming months.
Three new propane and liquid petroleum export proposals in Prince Rupert and Kitimat are set to increase the current 50-60 rail cars per day to up to 410 cars per day without a risk assessment or requirement to use the safest technology.
These trains will run through the hearts of our communities and along the banks of our wild salmon rivers, carrying both explosive products and those that are acutely toxic to fish.
The Telkwa coal mine, known as the Tenas Project, is moving ahead in the environmental assessment process. It is proposed near the Telkwa River which flows into the Skeena. What impact could this have on fish?
We encourage you to learn more about the mine at a virtual Open House happening today or next week on June 23rd.
Join a virtual open house:
Today, June 17th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Click here to join.
Tuesday, June 23rd from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Click here to join.
The public comment period on the mine's draft Application Information Requirements is also now open from June 8th - July 23rd.
The draft Application Information Requirements (AIR) can be viewed on the Environmental Assessment Office website here.
The AIR is what tells the proponent, Telkwa Coal Ltd, what studies need to be done before filing their project application so it is important to review the requirements and let the government know if there are gaps and other research you think the proponent should be doing.
Stay tuned for more information and opportunities to get involved as we work to review the Application Information Requirements and share potential gaps.
Friends of Wild Salmon was originally formed to fight fish farms being established on the north coast. While we were successful in getting a moratorium for northern waters there remain many open net-pen fish farms in other parts of BC. In the last election Prime Minister Trudeau promised to remove harmful fish farms from coastal waters but is now backtracking from that commitment.
Salmon are an iconic species to British Columbians and Indigenous communities and open net fish farms are a threat to wild salmon. Will you join us in calling on the federal government to keep their promise to transition open net-pen fish farms to on-land, closed-containment systems to protect wild salmon?
We were encouraged that the 2019 Liberal election included a promise to transition open net pen salmons to closed containment systems by 2025. This was excellent news for the supporters of Friends of Wild Salmon in the Skeena watershed and coastal communities.
Sadly, the announcement in February that the federal government is back-pedaling on their promise and will now only have a plan in place by 2025 was a severe let down to our hopes of protecting BC’s endangered wild salmon before it is too late.
Use this sample letter or write your own and email it to the federal government and your Member of Parliament. Find your Member of Parliament and their contact information here.
Email your letter to:
Bernadette Jordan, Minister of the Fisheries and Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard - firstname.lastname@example.org
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – email@example.com
Your Member of Parliament – find their contact info here
Premier John Horgan – firstname.lastname@example.org
Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham - email@example.com
At long last, a moratorium on crude oil tankers on our coast!
Reaching a long-held goal can feel surreal. That's how it felt on June 21, when we learned that the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act had received Royal Assent. At long last, we have a law protecting our fragile coastline from the threat of crude oil spills!
Efforts to protect our coast from oil tankers began almost 50 years ago in the early 1970s. Back then, the main threat was American oil tankers sailing from Alaskan oil ports to refineries in Washington State. Later, a proposal arose for an oil port in Kitimat. Most recently, the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline proposal galvanized northest British Columbians against risks of oil spills.
The new tanker moratorium would never have become reality without people like you -- people who value our coast, our salmon and our unique way of life. It shows that when concerned citizens stand up and make their voices heard, we can create real change.
There's much more to do to ensure a future for wild salmon and the communities that depend on them. But for now, please take a moment to celebrate this victory with us. It's a big one.
- Friends of Wild Salmon