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SFPR Stuck in Burns Bog

I am pleased to pass along to you the latest video from Damien Gillis. The text below the video is from an email from him. To those who think that this project is a good idea I have disabled comments to this post, as I have no wish to give you a platform. If a new road is needed (and I doubt that too) there is an alternate route which the government, typically, has simply ignored even though it would be faster, cheaper and have none of the impacts of the SFPR.

A recent visit by Federal Opposition Leader Stephane Dion to Delta, BC’s ecological treasure Burns Bog was an opportunity to discuss the threats to the Bog and the community of Delta by the BC government’s proposed South Fraser Perimeter Road truck highway. Mr. Dion learned from experts that the Bog is the “lungs of the lower mainland,” the largest urban carbon sink in the North America, and vital to the survival of the world’s largest salmon run in the interconnected Fraser River. He also learned that, according to Environment Canada and the regional Burns Bog Scientific Advisory Panel’s under-publicized reports, the SFPR would essentially destroy Burns Bog. It would also increase mortality rates along the route–with seven Delta schools within a kilometer of the highway–force hundreds of North Deltans from their homes (many heritage), and steamroll over hundreds of acres of farmland. Mr. Dion also learned of an alternate route to the SFPR, known as the Hoover/Naas proposal, that carries none of the above detrimental impacts because it follows an existing rail right-of-way removed from homes, schools and the Bog. This railway is already entirely owned by the the province. The video also provides a summary of some shocking statements uncovered amongst the government’s environmental assessment application documents, such as this one, which suggests there could be an economic upside to people getting sick from increased air pollution:

“With increased air pollution there can possibly be increased employment (e.g., in the health sector) because of the economic activity associated with correcting the results of its impacts.” (Government documents for SFPR: Technical Volume 16, pg. 39, 4.3.5 Employment)

Written by Stephen Rees

March 21, 2008 at 8:10 am

Posted in Environment, Gateway

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