Studies continue for the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is continuing field studies in August 2022 as part of ongoing environmental and technical work for the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project.

Read the August 2022 field studies information sheet to learn more about our planned field studies for the month.

According to the port authority, some field studies taking place in August require environmental authorizations and/or access to public and private land. Prior to starting any studies, the authority will obtain any required permits and landowner permission before accessing private property.

The Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project is a proposed new three‐berth container terminal that would provide 2.4 million TEUs of additional container capacity annually.

The main components of the proposed project are:

  • A new three-berth marine container terminal;
  • A widened causeway to the mainland to accommodate additional road and rail infrastructure;
  • An expanded tug basin to accommodate a second tug operations contractor.

The project has completed a federal environmental assessment by an independent review panel. In August 2020, the government requested Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to provide further information, through an information request.

After more than a year of additional technical work, consultation with 46 Indigenous groups, and engagement with federal agencies, the port authority has submitted their response to the federal government’s information request.

The response includes over 2,500 pages of new information on topics like enhanced measures to protect key species like juvenile salmon and southern resident killer whales, project benefits, and the offsetting plan.

The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada is now considering comments received during the public comment period to develop recommendations and final conditions for the minister of environment and climate change.

The minister will then determine whether the project has significant adverse environmental effects and if so, will refer the decision to cabinet. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority expects that the decision will be made made this year.

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