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Closing Remarks Re: Stop The Expansion!
posted on September 28, 2019

Closing Remarks Re: Stop The Expansion!

Here are the Lifeforce Closing Remarks that they finally agreed to register.

September 16, 2019

To: CEAA Panel CEAA.PanelRBT2-CommissionRBT2.ACEE@canada.ca.
From: Peter Hamilton, Lifeforce Foundation
Re: Closing Remarks Roberts Bank Terminal 2

Since 2005 Lifeforce has sent undeniable evidence to stop any expansion of the Roberts Banks Terminal 2. Approximately 70 people and organizations opposing the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 have also provided their evidence. Hopefully this is finally the end!

In regards to my first Closing Remarks being refused on the grounds that there was “new information” I have advised CEAA that I have referred to the Environment Canada Report from 2005 numerous times. We do not agree that it is "new" information.

We stated that the report included: “EC has adopted the position that the risk of eutrophication within the inter causeway cannot be dismissed. If it does occur, the state of eutrophication is predicted to result in such massive environmental change between the causeways that there would be public outrage as well as agency embarrassment at an international scale, not to mention the loss of productive habitat for a very large and diverse assemblage of biota.”

We included the “reference” to support this statement as shown in other submissions.

Therefore we request that the panel accept the link to the Environment Canada Assessment and all remarks as part of our closing remarks.

In addition, the VFPA submitted as part of their closing remarks a 327 page report with new information and unsubstantiated comments against the ECCC submission.Since the CEAA accepted the VFPA’s closing remarks all organizations that participated in the review process must now be allowed to question and comment on the VFPA closing remarks.

It is rather unbelievable that expansions continue to be proposed with Environment Canada’s criticism of such expansions. ECCC submissions continues with information proving that the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 would result in irreversible harm to wildlife and habitats. The ongoing environmental reviews prove that there are absolutely no measures that can be taken to stop the loss of habitat and the diversity of wild fauna and flora.

As the saying goes “A picture is worth a thousand words”. Lifeforce would add “And endless hopes”. As previously discussed, the endangered orca populations are the unfortunate icons in part representing the human destruction of wildlife and habitats. “Protect All Life and Habitats! Stop Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project!”