VAPOR turns to courts in fight against jet fuel plan

The group seeking to quash a B.C. environmental assessment report that paves the way for a jet fuel tank farm to be built near Watermania and SilverCity Theatres, has turned to the courts for help.

In a B.C. Supreme Court petition, VAPOR, the local society set up in 2011 to fight the bid by the Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation, seeks "an order that the environmental assessment of the Vancouver Airport Fuel Delivery Project...failed to satisfy the public consultation requirements" of the Environmental Assessment Act.

The society is also seeking an order that the assessment report and the recommendations of the executive director....failed to comport with the common law requirements of natural justice and procedural fairness."

The court bid also seeks to quash the Environmental Assessment Certificate.

Retired marine biologist Otto Langer, a director of VAPOR, which stands for Vancouver Airport Fuel Project Opposition for Richmond, said he and the society aren't opposed to the operations at Vancouver International Airport, and recognize its need for a secure and safe supply of jet fuel for the airport.

VAPOR claims the fuel consortium "did not seriously look at other more environmentally-friendly options...they insist it was the cheapest way to get fuel to YVR," and that the public "had no say on selection of this option."

Among the things that "went wrong", Langer noted that notification was flawed and the public was "largely ignored."

There was short and poor notice and the 1,500 pages for the public to read made it "impossible" to address in the short review period.

He added that consultations were not adequate and not meaningful, and that notice was short and advertisements inadequate.

"They did not seriously consider public input," Langer wrote.

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