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Anti-coal support grows: group

By Jane Deacon

Fraser Surrey Docks. (FILE PHOTO)

Fraser Surrey Docks. (FILE PHOTO)

Nearly 33,000 people have signed an online petition against the expansion of coal exports from B.C.’s ports. 

In the past week, the campaign gained ground with 5,000 new signatures following Port Metro Vancouver’s approval of a permit for a new coal-transfer facility at Fraser Surrey Docks.

Led by non-profit democracy group Dogwood Initiative, the petition is addressed to the provincial and federal governments and aims to stop the expansion of U.S. thermal coal exports to B.C. Along with environmental impact, the group takes issue with the port’s consultation process, which they say ignored residents’ concerns.

While there are no plans to formally present the petition, the group hopes to mobilize its network in voicing opposition during the upcoming air emissions permit process, which will be conducted by Metro Vancouver.

“There’s much greater hope for democracy with Metro Vancouver, where it’s a regional government run by local representatives who are actually accountable to everyday citizens in our community,” said Laura Benson of Dogwood Initiative.


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