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Help Stop the “Gateway to Global Warming”!

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Forwarded at the request of Ben West

Our Environment Minister in BC may be close to signing the environmental certification for the Gateway mega -project.

If Barry Penner signs the certification for this project his legacy would be that of the Environment Minister that gave the green light to the most counter productive and in fact destructive transportation mega-project of our generation!

On Minster Penner’s website he claims “The BC Government is working to aggressively address global warming and climate change” he even goes on to clearly state “there is still more work to be done if we are to meet our legally-mandated goal of reducing BC’s greenhouse gas emissions by 33% by 2020“. How he could say this one day and then rubber stamp what many are calling “the gateway to global warming” is unconscionable.

Concerned British Columbian’s are writing letters and emails to the minister of the environment and the Premier insisting that the environmental assessment not be signed and that genuine consultation take place. This is your chance to have your voice heard and tell Barry Penner and Gordon Campbell to do the right thing.

Here are just a few key points to consider:

The various elements of the Gateway plan will drastically increase the lower mainlands contribution to green house emissions that cause global warming and pollution levels in the region. The tripling of shipping vessels and heavy truck traffic off delta port will feed into new induced traffic that will be find its way onto the SFPR, the Twinned Port Mann Bridge and then the widened highway 1 and then into the heart of the lower -mainland. To make things worse the Gateway Project will induce car dependent suburban sprawl that leads to further global warming emissions and less healthy community.

The South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) will harm and maybe kill off Burns Bog, the lungs of the lower mainland our carbon sink!

The expansion of Delta port on Roberts Bank has serious impacts on migratory birds such as the Sandpiper that relies on the region to survive as they fly north. Also Port expansion at Delta Port may severally impact Orca Whales whose population in the area are already dwindling.

The Gateway Project as a whole would impact 1000 hectares of farmland, some of B.C.s most fertile.

The Gateway mega project contradicts the last democratic community planning process that was held around the region, the Livable Region Strategic Plan. Gateway induces car dependent sprawl and starves public transit by monopolizing billions of dollars in public transportation funding.

All of this while not examining the impact of rising fuel prices on the feasibility of the project compared to other options. In fact it has recently been un-covered through a freedom of information request that the project managers used the price of $0.80 a litre in their models for studying the project over the length of the contracts which is the next 25 – 40 years!
No contracts can be signed until Barry Penner signs the environmental assessment.

No meaningful public consultations have yet to be held with the Premier, the Environment Minister or the Transportation Minister. The open houses and community meetings that have taken place have been well orchestrated Public Relation campaigns that were more like focus groups than a genuine attempt to decide the fate of this multi-billion dollar mega -project based on the public will. Make sure they hear your feedback. Send an email today!

Minister Penner
101, 7388 Vedder Road
Chilliwack, BC
V2R 4E4

Premier Campbell

3615 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V6R 1P2

Please CC a copy of your letter to .

If you would like to stay informed about the campaign to stop “the gateway to global warming” and the campaign to get transit before freeways email with the subject line ADD ME.

Written by Stephen Rees

May 29, 2008 at 10:40 am

Posted in Gateway

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  1. I hate to be an alarmist but

    CAMPBELL and FALCON won`t stop until their thrown out of office.

    If king gordo wins the next election were all sunk and gateway will be the least of our problems!

    CAMPBELL is nothing but a sleazy lying bastard, maybe with luck a guardian angel will take him away PERMANATELY!

    MR.REES –I think you now have campbell figured out——————————signed………………………..ABC ( anyone but campbell ) –Hows that for a campaign slogan ( start making the shirts ) not my slogan (heard it on the tyee) BUT I LIKE IT

    grant g

    May 29, 2008 at 9:46 pm

  2. Funny how the Patullo Bridge is being discussed,guess what, the reason the Patullo Bridge is being twinned or widened,to create another tolled bridge (pressure from the private tolling company doing the port mann)THEY DON`T WANT AN ESCAPE ROUTE.

    The new crown corporation can and will toll the Patullo, you know it will cost hundreds and hundreds of millions to replace oe rebuild and you know it will be a p3


    {moderator’s note: Duff Patullo was a former BC Minister of Transport: a patella is a knee cap}

    grant g

    May 29, 2008 at 10:07 pm

  3. Gateway was predicted in 1980, by the late Des Turner, when the then Social Credit Government forced the many named SkyTrain light-metro onto the GVRD. Costing up to ten times more to install than LRT (1983 TTC ART study), SkyTrain has made building ‘rail’ transit so expensive that building highways is just a cheaper option.

    Today, SkyTrain or light metro is the transit system ‘tout jour’ and any thought of building much cheaper light-rail is jeered at, yet it is the most successful transit mode built today.

    Talk to any rail expert today, when one builds with metro or light-metro in markets that do not have the ridership to support it (average of 15,000 pphpd), then three thighs happen:

    1) Fares rise
    2) Transit subsidy increases
    3) New Highways are built

    But Campbell and his ill-begotten cronies don’t give a fig! Higher fares don’t mean anything to them because they don’t take transit; they can afford higher transit subsidies with their public paid wages; and building new highways, legally gives their political benefactors taxpayers money.

    And where is Carol James in this disaster? The whole thing is an utter fiasco!

    Malcolm J.

    May 30, 2008 at 7:14 am

  4. One LRT line and the floodgates will open.

    Let’s hope Surrey comes through, or at least the demonstration streetcar in Vancouver turns some heads. (what’s to demonstrate? It bloody well worked well enough over a century ago!)

    We need to demonstrate LRT’s success somewhere in the region!


    May 30, 2008 at 8:23 am

  5. Has someone given Gordon Campbell any literature reviews on induced demand? I wrote a half decent review for my university course I could give him. Do any of these smucks proposing this mega-project know what induced demand is or give a sh** about sustainability and greenhouse gas reduction. Its bad enough dealing with this mindset in the city that I live in, let alone having those running the province “just not getting the point” of sustainability and the fact that we cant continue to do “business as usual.” The province could pump the money into something like non market housing so not as many people need to commute or transit so they can do it without destroying the planet. Eventually we’ll be forced by ecological disaster to change our ways anyway, but garbage like gateway is just going to make things hit all the more hard.


    May 31, 2008 at 2:37 pm

  6. Please feel free to send the Minister of the Environment and The Premier a letter or email outlining your concerns. If you wish I could host a pdf of your review here too.

    Contact information as above

    Stephen Rees

    May 31, 2008 at 3:00 pm

  7. I was about to send a letter, but then I grew concerned as I recently finished doing some university work which was being submitted to the BC government and I had received grant money from the BC government. Although, the chance that there would ever be a connection from an obscure university project that will sit and collect internet dust and a letter of opposition to the gateway project is unlikely. I guess I;m just a little uneasy about biting the hand that feeds me, but I can certainly object and do it in a hospitable manner, so I’ll probably strike a balance and write a letter as soon as possible. When is Penner signing off on gateway?

    If you wouldn’t mind putting up my review, that would be nice. I also touched on transit’s relationship to the whole induced demand issue (mostly in the theoretical – such as Downs-Thompson paradox) and a bit on the induced development issue. The main review was on induced traffic though. I’m sure you are quite familiar with the literature, especially given that much of the research has come from England, such as Goodwin and the SACTRA group.


    May 31, 2008 at 10:19 pm

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