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 evaluated what they heard and the information received throughout the environmental assessment process to develop its Federal Review Panel Report for the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project. This was submitted to the minister of environment and climate change on March 27, 2020. The minister is now reviewing the recommendations and is expected to issue a decision regarding the approval of the project in late 2020.
Project description review (2013)
- September 2013: Project Description submitted to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA; now the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada or IAAC)
- September 2013: Public comment period on summary of the Project Description
Determination of environmental assessment (2013-2014)
- November 2013: Public comment period on draft Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines
- January 2014: Final Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines issued to port authority by CEAA
Development of Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) (2014)
- March 2014: Public comment period on draft Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines
- August 2014: Draft Review Panel Terms of Reference issued
Environmental Impact Statement completeness review (2015-2016)
- March 2015: Environmental Impact Statement submitted by port authority to CEAA
- April 2015: Updated Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines issued to port authority by CEAA
- April 2015: Public comment period on Environmental Impact Statement
- October 2015: Marine Shipping Addendum and information requests submitted by port authority
- November 2015: Public comment period on Marine Shipping Addendum
- February 2016: Additional information requests submitted by port authority
- April 2016: Marine Shipping Addendum information requests submitted by port authority
Independent review panel (2018-2019)
- May 2018: Independent review panel announced
- May 2016–February 2019: Sufficiency information requests submitted
- December 2018: Public comment period on sufficiency of information
- May–June 2019: Public hearing held in Delta, B.C.
- August 2019: Public record for the environmental assessment closes, independent review panel begins work on panel report
2020 and beyond
- March 2020: Report submitted by review panel to minister of environment and climate change
- We are here
- Minister of environment and climate change issues decision on the project
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)