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Tilbury Marine Jetty - Statement from Richmond-Steveston MLA Kelly Greene

Updated: Apr 25

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“Yesterday, independent statutory decision makers granted provincial approval for the Tilbury Marine Jetty project, subject to 22 enforceable conditions designed to maximize safety and minimize environmental impacts. The project is still awaiting approval from the federal government, who will consider the safety and environmental factors that are under their jurisdiction.

“Like so many in our community, I am disappointed by this decision. I’ve heard from many concerned residents about the potential impacts in Steveston, and I’ve worked hard to ensure those concerns are heard and considered.

“Some of those concerns may be mitigated by the conditions imposed on the project, including independent environmental monitoring, environmental management plans during construction and operation, and regular public disclosure of information, while other concerns may be addressed in federal conditions, not yet approved.

“It’s important to note that this is not the final step in safety and environmental assessment of this project. The province has made 181 recommendations to the federal government, including procedures to prevent potential accidents, safety training, coordinated emergency response plans, and more. Public safety risk would also be examined further through the B.C. Energy Regulator permitting process.

“Condition 21, which requires TMJ to participate in a joint assessment of cumulative effects on the Fraser River, is an important requirement. TMJ would be required to carry out monitoring and mitigation measures that result from any consensus recommendations of an assessment carried out by First Nations and the Province. 

“It’s clear we need comprehensive environmental management of the Lower Fraser River to fill the massive gap left when the Fraser River Estuary Management Program (FREMP) was eliminated in 2013. Although I don’t want to see TMJ proceed, condition 21 provides an opportunity to consider the cumulative effects of major projects on our river. There’s important work to do in the months ahead to see this through and an opportunity to work together to create better systems for the lower Fraser River.

“I know this isn’t the outcome that any of us wanted. But I remain committed to raising the voices of our residents and standing up for our neighbourhoods as the next steps in the process unfold.”

Media Contact: Austin Westphal, 604-704-4297

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