Fraser River champion to take petition to Ottawa

Richmond Review, 8 November 2011 By Martin van den Hemel

Fisheries and Oceans critic Fin Donnelly will soon be carrying the sentiments of Richmond residents opposed to plans for a jet fuel pipeline, and delivering them to Ottawa.

On Tuesday morning, the MP for New Westminster-Coquitlam-Port Moody received a 6,000-signature petition collected by members of V.A.P.O.R., Vancouver Airport Pipeline Opposition for Richmond.

"We think there are much better options, safer options for humans," said retired Richmond biologist and pipeline opposition member Otto Langer. "We've asked Fin (to deliver the petition) because of his past experience and his dedication to the Fraser River​..."

"In 1989, a similar proposal to this one by the very same group was rejected by the federal government," Langer said.

The Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation is proposing to build a massive fuel farm near Riverport athletic facility and SilverCity theatres, and an underground pipeline that stretches from the farm through the city to the Vancouver International Airport to feed the growing need for jet fuel by planes that use the Vancouver International Airport.

The Richmond group that formed to oppose the corporation's plan, is applying pressure on the federal government to search out a safer, more environmentally sensitive alternative.

"The Fraser River is one of the world's greatest salmon river," Donnelly said. "There are numerous threats that the river faces on a daily basis.

"When there's a proposal such as this to transport jet fuel in the estuary, one of the most sensitive places of the Fraser River Basin, we have to take this seriously," he said.

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