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SFPR Overview

February 16, 2010

The argument against the
South Fraser Perimeter Road:

Archeological Impacts
The SFPR’s alignment runs through land rated as having high archeological significance. Glenrose Cannery and St Mungo sites both lay along the route. Glenrose is considered among the most important sites in BC, with deposits dating back more than 9,000 years.

Species at Risk
The SFPR project is likely in violation of the federal Species at Risk Act. The Province is in agreement as a signatory to the National Accord for the Protection of Species at Risk. Environment Canada Scientists wrote in 2007, “Impacts of the Project on the Pacific Water Shrew habitat, habitat effectiveness and population dispersion are expected to result in significant adverse effects.”
The lands along the Fraser River are part of the Burns Bog / Fraser River ecosystem. Priceless wildlife habitat and breeding grounds will be lost if this highway proceeds.

Heritage Properties and Homes
Hundreds of homes in Delta and Surrey are being destroyed to make way for this highway. Families who have lived and worked on the river for generations are being forced to move and sell their properties.
Approximately 100 properties in Delta and Surrey are being impacted.
Historic sites in Delta

Burns Bog
Gateway says Burns Bog will not be impacted, may even be helped by having a highway built through the lagg zone. Environment Canada scientists didn’t agree; they said the effects could not be mitigated. The Bog is the largest carbon sink close to a large city in North America. Protecting and restoring peat bogs has been estimated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10%.

Delta Corporation could stop the SFPR from going through Burns Bog by invoking the dispute resolution provisions of the Management Agreement. Delta has also been asked repeatedly by citizens to include Delta’s publicly-owned lands in the Covenant, but has not done so.

Loss of Farmland

Thousands of acres of prime farmland are being lost to port activities, rail-yards and to this highway. Approximately 30 farms in Delta alone have been impacted. BC currently produces about half of the food we consume. While California farmworkers stand in breadlines, their farms with insufficient water for irrigation, our governments pave over the best farmland in the country. Our food supply needs to be secure.
The Agricultural Land Commission website states: “Having a secure, home-grown food source is a cornerstone of any country’s independence.” Why, then have thousands of acres of prime agricultural land, in close proximity to a major city, been removed from the land reserve?

Equestrian Businesses Threatened
Dozens of property-owners on 28th Avenue have recently learned their homes and pasture lands will be impacted by an overpass to be constructed across Highway #17. This is not part of the SFPR project but will be implemented by Gateway. These families will suffer loss of housing, pasture and will endure greatly increased traffic, disturbing to animals.

Lack of Business Case for Port Expansion
The community group Against Port Expansion estimates the BC West Coast will have container port capacity of close to 5 million TEUs by the year 2020, once Deltaport Third Berth comes into operation. With added capacity at Prince Rupert and other announced expansions on the Fraser River and the inner harbour, BC should have double the forecasted volume of container capacity. There is clearly no business case for Terminal 2 or for the SFPR.

Health Impacts

The Ministry of Transport’s application for environmental review of this project stated, ‘With increased air pollution there can possibly be increased employment [e.g. in the health sector] because of economic activity associated with correcting the results of its impacts’. {South Fraser Perimeter Road, EA application, Technical Volume 16, page 39}.
Diesel particulate has been associated with increased rates of asthma in children, decreased lung development in children, and most recently, lower IQ following exposure of the fetus.

The SFPR can be stopped.
Get in touch if you would like to help us stop it.

Town Hall Meeting – Jan 16, 2010

February 2, 2010

Join the South Fraser Action Network for a townhall meeting focusing on the effects of the South Fraser Perimeter Road. There will be a group of speakers followed by a chance to ask questions and voice your concerns.  There are pictures and a review of the townhall meeting on Alexandria Mitchell’s Plug Out Tune In blog.