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35 years into the Squamish Estuary Management Plan and I learn in the Council meeting on Fortis BC pipeline drill test development permit that the District of Squamish has the development permit area extending into the Squamish Estuary Management Plan Area … this means that Fortis BC has only to meet the guidelines of the development permit(not the objectives) and can then proceed to drill
a vote for Council to defer their decision on support for the development permit passed and a couple of weeks will be all that is available for Council to gather info on this project
Best not to allow the Fortis BC Project.
In the event that DOS Council wisely refuses the Fortis BC Project…
and the BC Government over rules …
The Squamish Estuary Management Plan has it’s own criteria for
habitat loss in the form of compensation
for example: the transportation corridor
is to be offset by the digging of a swan slough to the west of the present swan slough
as the present swan slough would be filled in
for the road and double track from what is no longer just an Industrial Park,
to one business, the Squamish Terminal
The Squamish Terminal, owned by www.griegstar.com, Star Shipping of Norway
polluting our wild salmon estuary.
Grieg also owns www.grieg.no Grieg Seafood, farmed salmon polluting wild salmon migratory routes.
There must be Compensation for the industrial activity of not only the intrusion of a helicopter pad
for the purpose of drilling test holes for the Fortis BC Pipeline
there must be compensation for the risk of a pipeline accident which would endanger the entire estuary including the areas protected from Industrial intrusion in the SEMP (Squamish Estuary Management Plan)
Looking on the squamish.ca website
then the section for 1999 Squamish Estuary Management Plan
Perhaps a suitable compensation in my opinion would be the removal of the
transportation corridor from the OCP which is the 7th Ave Connector
and the flood-gating of the present spur line to the terminals
Certainly there will be a loss of food as well as habitat and this needs to be addressed
as compensation for the wildlife immediately affected
Restoring flora and fauna does not immediately become food and habitat
nor does it restore the synchronicity of the estuary
In the event of an accident to the gas pipeline
there must be extensive and aggressive containment and restoration
that must be agreed upon by the community
The danger and noise of the compressor station is also part of the Fortis BC project
It would be possible for Squamish Council to rezone the lots which are undeveloped
so they better suit the present uses of the Industrial/Business Park
Perhaps Commercial Zoning?
Fortis BC is certainly welcome to plan to put their pipeline elsewhere
outside the District of Squamish
The fact is the Provincial Government can overrule the District of Squamish Council.
In this event the SEMP compensation and protection mechanisms must also be implemented
including extensive and long term community involvement.
This fact, that the BC Government can overrulle the DOS Council,
should not be taken into account when the DOS Council decides whether or not to
oppose the Fortis BC permits.
The District of Squamish Council must respond to the community from which it was
Again, extensive and long term community involvement is necessary as this is not just about THREE
30 X 30 metre helicopter pads for boring TEST holes.
This is about the pipeline which will affect the entire estuary if there is an accident.
The Squamish Estuary Management Plan was achieved after decades of intense community
The millions of dollars in relocation costs by West Barr attest to the validity of the SEMP and
how the compensation was achieved by West Barr leasing an area on the east shore of Howe Sound five times the size of the log sort in the Central Squamish Estuary
This relocation process has taken 15 years, and is to be followed by the logging operators
in the SODC area also moving to their leases on the east shore of Howe Sound.
Industry has been allowed in the Squamish Estuary in the SEMP
A review process is part of the SEMP
THIS industrial proposal by Fortis BC must also adhere to the
compensation rules of the SEMP.
Thank you for your interest.
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Squamish Estuary Advisory Committee to Council
YEAH… BACK ON THE INTERNET TODAY!
313 Voters gave me their trust election.
When I spoke in opposition to Squamish council I knew 313 voters were with me, and so did Council.
We need a Official Community Plan that solves problems not one that creates them.
Those who vote for me, trust me, Debra McBride,
to represent their vote to Squamish Council.
NO TO WLNG Must be the biggest issue because not all candidates know their position on it.
In the 10 municipal elections I have entered it is the only issue to have a protest march to protect the estuary and Howe Sound from WLNG, Fortis BC pipeline from the compressor station through the estuary to tankers for export.
What is fracked at one end and spilling at the other has no place on the planet.
Long time issues for me each election and in the forefront in 2014 are:
- The estuary is also being threatened by the 7th Ave. Connector and the concept of using it as a dike.
- No road and double-track through the estuary should go to one business, the Squamish Terminal.
- No estuary is a parking lot for boats and I oppose the Squamish Oceanfront Development marina.
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1 Minute to begin the Chamber of Commerce All Candidates Meeting with Sea to Sky Community Services assistance and Quest U Students
Good evening, I am Debra McBride I am # 10 on the Ballot.
For over 30 years I have tried to oppose Squamish Councils.
The only time voters can effectively oppose is at the election polls.
If you elect me to Squamish Council I will know when to say “NO” for you.
Know that I have opposed the high-density housing sites including Kingswood and the old mill site, in this flood plain, our estuary.
A traffic disaster greets folks who come to Squamish to have fun.
Imperative is a commuter bus from Whistler to Vancouver for out-of-town workers and visitors.
Locally, rider numbers justify full schedules daily on buses and handi darts.
There’s NO justification for Woodfibre LNG
or the Fortis BC pipeline
from the noisy compressor,
through our estuary
or for the tankers to export the fracked.
No co-operation. No compromise.