The Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project has been undergoing a federal environmental assessment since 2013. In 2016, an independent review panel was appointed by the minister of environment and climate change to lead the assessment, under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. During the environmental assessment, we conducted four rounds of public engagement, consulted with Indigenous groups, and participated in meetings with regulators, government, stakeholders.
The review phase of the environmental assessment concluded in August 2019 with the closing of the public record following a six-week public hearing. The independent review panel has now issued its Federal Review Panel Report for the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project to the minister of environment and climate change for review. As we review the report, we would like to thank the review panel for conducting a thorough and comprehensive review, and express our appreciation to all of the participants who were involved in the environmental assessment.
Project description review (2013)
Determination of environmental assessment (2013-2014)
Development of Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) (2014)
Environmental Impact Statement completeness review (2015-2016)
Independent review panel (2018-2019)
2020 and beyond
As part of the environmental assessment, the port authority conducted a series of reports and studies to better understand existing conditions at Roberts Bank. Additionally, technical advisory groups were established to gather expert advice on the Roberts Bank ecosystem. Details on these, as well as the environmental impact statement, can be found below
Technical data reports
In 2012, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority initiated field, desktop (i.e. literature review), and modelling studies to inform our understanding of existing conditions at Roberts Bank. Building on available information, these studies were designed to address known gaps in data, and issues and interests of Indigenous groups, stakeholders, and the public. The studies also provided baseline information to assess project-related effects as part of the environmental assessment. Learn more about the Technical Data Reports.
Technical advisory groups
In 2012 and 2013, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority established four technical advisory groups to gather expert advice regarding key environmental components in the Roberts Bank ecosystem. This work was done to improve the quality and completeness of studies and information submitted as part of the environmental assessment. Terms of reference were established for the technical advisory groups, and input received from group participants is summarized in several individual reports.
Environmental impact statement
In March 2015, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority filed an environmental impact statement for the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. An environmental impact statement is a report that provides information about a project and summarizes potential impacts and benefits of a project on the environment. It is a useful tool to describe possible methods of avoiding, reducing, and/or mitigating potential environmental impacts.
The statement summarizes the results of 77 studies undertaken over four years, with contributions from more than 100 professional scientists and more than 35,000 hours of field work. This work informed the port authority’s assessment of potential environmental, economic, social, heritage and health effects, and includes proposed mitigation measures to reduce, avoid, or offset these potential effects. The environmental impact statement also describes the monitoring and follow-up program that would be undertaken to ensure mitigation measures are effective.
In response to updated guidelines provided by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency in April 2015, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority submitted the marine shipping addendum, which assesses the potential effects resulting from marine shipping outside the port authority’s jurisdiction associated with the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project and within Canada’s territorial sea.
For more information on the federal environmental assessment process and to read the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Environmental Impact Statement, visit the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency website (registry reference number 80054). Printed copies of the documents are available for reference at the following locations:
- Port of Vancouver Delta Community Office (5225A Ladner Trunk Rd, Delta)
- Ladner Pioneer Library (4683 51 St, Delta)
- George Mackie Library (8440 112 St, Delta)
- Tsawwassen Library (1321 56 Street, Delta)