Monday, November 02, 2009

Federal Government decides that Fairview's Phase Two requires a comprehensive study

Canada's Environment Minister Jim Prentice has announced that a comprehensive study is the most appropriate type of environmental assessment for the proposed Fairview Terminal Phase II Expansion Project.

His decision today, was based on a number of reports provided to his office, as Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Environment Canada, the Canadian Transportation Agency, as well as the Prince Rupert Port Authority all provided input and recommendations as to the next stage of the Port's development plans.

The four groups will now continue with a comprehensive study of the proposed Fairview Terminal Phase II Expansion Project. They are to provide a comprehensive study report to the Minister of the Environment.

The report will provide details on the impact of the project, which will include extending the existing wharf structure and expanding the on-shore terminal.

As part of the project, Canadian National Railway is proposing to construct the two sidings and wye (a triangular shaped arrangement of railway tracks with a switch point at each corner) in order to achieve terminal throughput design capacity.

There was no timetable provided in today's announcement as far as the study report goes, but the public will be invited to provide comment on the findings and recommendations of the report before the Minister renders a final decision.

You can access the report issued today, by making a request at

Full details on the background on the Phase Two study and the project itself can be found from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency website. (see link here)

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