City demands meeting with port over jet fuel proposal

The dangers of barging jet fuel up the Fraser River and offloading it in an ecologically sensitive estuary has prompted civic politicians to demand a meeting with Port Metro Vancouver.

On Monday city council decided to send a letter to port officials, noting despite a change in the proposed pipeline route, potential for catastrophe on the Fraser hasn't changed.

The Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation is proposing to build a pipeline connecting a dock near SilverCity Riverport Cinemas to the airport. Jet fuel would be barged up the South Arm to feed the pipeline, which would replace an aging pipeline in North Richmond and the airport's reliance on tanker trucks.

The B.C. Environmental Assessment Office is currently reviewing the proposal. A decision by provincial ministers is expected by June.

A public open house on the proposal takes place Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at East Richmond Community Hall, 12360 Cambie Rd.

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