Fraser Surrey Docks LP | Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project

May 21, 2015

Project status

Permit issued

On August 21, 2014 the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority issued a project permit (PP 2012-072) to Fraser Surrey Docks LP (FSD) for the development of a direct transfer coal facility to handle up to four (4) million metric tonnes of coal.

On November 30, 2015, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority issued a project permit amendment (PP 2012-072-1) to Fraser Surrey Docks, amending this project permit issued in 2014. This permit amendment supersedes the authorization granted in 2014.

August 21, 2014 – Project Backgrounder and Decision Process: Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  
August 21, 2014 – FAQs: Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  
August 21, 2014 – Presentation at technical media briefing: Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  

The permitting process considered environmental and technical information, as well as municipal, agency, community and input from First Nations.

In completing its federal environmental review and as per Section 67 of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA 2012), the Port of Vancouver considered the information and proposed mitigations provided by FSD and other relevant information and concluded that, with the implementation of proposed mitigation measures and subject to the conditions of the permit, the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

On November 30, 2015, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority issued a project permit amendment (PP 2012-072-1) to Fraser Surrey Docks, amending this project permit issued in 2014. This permit amendment supersedes the authorization granted in 2014.

Decision documents

These documents summarize the environmental effects of the project, including its effects on human and ecological health, and include information with respect to additional mitigation measures required of FSD.

August 2014 – Project Review Report: Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  
August 2014 – Environmental Review Decision Statement: Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  
August 2014 – Human Health Risk Assessment Third Party Review (Golder Associates Ltd. Review): Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  
August 2014 – Mitigation Strategy Description: Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  

Environmental Impact Assessment

FSD submitted an Environmental Impact Assessment (refer to Volumes 1 to 4 below) on November 18, 2013 at which time the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority initiated a 30-day public comment period.

After a review of the assessment and related public comments, and an additional review by independent environmental consultant, Golder Associates Ltd. (Golder), the port authority required FSD to conduct further studies around the potential impacts to human health. FSD submitted a Human Health Risk Assessment according to methods and guidance set out by Health Canada, the findings of which were also reviewed by Golder.

Additional information and related documents

July 2014 – Human Health Risk Assessment: Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  
August 2014 – Backgrounder About this Project and Decision Process: Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  
August 2014 – Environmental Impact Assessment Public Comments Response Memo: Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  

Documents referenced in the Environmental Review Decision Statement

Consultation documents

All public feedback received during the public comment period has been summarized in the Environmental Impact Assessment Public Comments Response Memo.  Individual responses have not been provided.

Environmental Impact Assessment – Public Comments*

*Warning: Some emails in these documents below contain material that may not be appropriate for all audiences. Names and email addresses have been removed to protect privacy.

November 18 – November 23 – Part 1; Part 2 [PDF]  
November 24 – November 30 [PDF]  
December 1 – December 7 [PDF]  
December 8 – December 14 –Part 1; Part 2 [PDF]  
December 15 – December 17 –Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4 [PDF]  
Fraser Surrey Docks Environmental Impact Assessment Public Agency Comments [PDF]  

Environmental Impact Assessment

VOLUME 1: Main Document and Executive Summary [PDF]  
VOLUME 2: Appendices I to VII [PDF]  
VOLUME 3: Appendices VIII to IX [PDF]  
VOLUME 4: Attachments [PDF]  

The assessment is also available on the FSD website.

Past project and technical information

June 2012 (Updated May 2013) – Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project Permit Application: Fraser Surrey Docks [PDF]  
June 2012 (Updated April 2014) – Drawings and Plans: Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Tranfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  
September 2012 – General Marine Route: Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  
September 2012 – Marine Risk Assessment: Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  
September 2012 – Fire Safety Plan: Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  
October 2012 – Preliminary Environmental Management Plan: Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  
October 2012 – Air Dispersion Modelling Assessment: Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  
January 2013 – Environmental Policy Statement: Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  
January 2013 – Discussion of Potential Toxicity of Unburned Coal: Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  
May 2013 – Draft Mitigation Summary Table: Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  
May 2013 – Open House Discussion Guide: Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  
June 2013 – Air Quality Management Plan : Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  
July 2013 – Phase 1 Engagement Summary Report Updated: Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  
July 2013 – Phase 2 Engagement Summary Report: Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Proejct [PDF]  
August 2013 – Phase 2 Consideration Memo: Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  
October 2013 – Spill Response Plan: Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  
October 2013 (Updated August 2014) – Water Management Plan: Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project [PDF]  

Contact information

For questions regarding the port authority’ s Project and Environment Review Process, please contact us by email or phone at 604.665.9047.