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Roberts Bank Terminal 2 receives Environmental Managers Association of B.C. award

June 24, 2024 10:52 am

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has received the Environmental Assessment Award from the Environmental Managers Association of B.C. for the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project. This award recognizes the methods and completeness of an environmental assessment, and the innovative application of design modifications and mitigation strategies.

Led by the port authority, Roberts Bank Terminal 2 is a future marine container terminal in Delta, B.C., which will deliver critically needed container capacity and supply chain resilience. Leveraging its deep experience leading sustainable infrastructure projects, the port authority undertook a rigorous 10-year environmental assessment for the project. The project was approved by the federal and provincial governments in 2023.

Throughout this process, the port authority completed over 100 technical, environmental, and engineering studies and reports; undertook over 59,000 hours of fieldwork; led four phases of public engagement; engaged with industry, stakeholders, local communities, and experts from 18 federal and provincial departments, through hundreds of meetings and workshops; and participated in an intensive six-week public hearing. Additionally, the port authority meaningfully consulted with 48 First Nations, which ensured the project was guided by First Nations’ perspectives, interests, priorities, and knowledge. This collaboration also led to innovative design modifications, mitigation strategies, and offsetting measures.

For example, the port authority will be restoring over 94 hectares of offsetting habitat, in collaboration with First Nations, to protect priority species like juvenile Chinook salmon and Dungeness crab. Many of the projects in this plan were selected based on First Nations’ priorities. This includes a habitat enhancement project on Tilbury Island, which is a priority project for Musqueam Indian Band and Tsawwassen First Nation that will increase marsh habitat and provide ecological benefits.

This approach resulted in a project that enables Canada’s trade—in line with the port authority’s federal mandate—while reflecting First Nations’ priorities and protecting the environment.

The port authority wishes to congratulate everyone involved in the project and all the other nominees, who continue to innovate and advance best practices that will protect the natural environment for generations to come.

Environmental Managers of B.C./Mariel Nelms

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