Re: "B.C. ministers delay jet fuel delivery decision," News, Jan. 30
As we await the provincial government's decision on whether to grant VAFFC an Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC), we stand by our assertion that this is the best solution to meet the airport's needs.
Aircrafts need fuel, and the current fuel delivery system is inadequate and relies on hundreds of tanker truck deliveries each month from Washington State. The new system is more sustainable, more efficient and has a smaller environmental footprint. It will also eliminate the truck deliveries.
Public safety and environmental protection are fundamental priorities. The project will be built to modern building, seismic, fire and environmental codes to achieve the highest levels of safety and reliability.
The safety and environmental protection on the Fraser River is also a top priority. VAFFC plans extensive spill prevention and response strategies, and will follow recommendations stemming from Port Metro Vancouver's Tanker Traffic Study. These measures will contribute to raising the overall protection and incident response capability for all users on the Lower Fraser River.
Our analysis in support of the project followed industry and academic best practice and was recognized as being state-of-the-art. In the end result, the project benefits are significant and the risks are low.
The city's staff have been involved every step of the way. In fact, following concerns raised publicly and through the city's involvement in the review process, additional studies were conducted and specific commitments by VAFFC were made. These included an in-depth study of specific delivery options in comparison to this project, and the almost complete relocation of the preferred pipeline corridor through Richmond.
The EAC is the first step towards implementing this important project. If granted, VAFFC will begin additional regulatory processes that will continue to involve the City of Richmond.
Adrian Pollard Project director, VAFFC