The Risks And Deaths From The Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project|
posted on July 15, 2021
Another Whale Dies from Ship Hit!
Humpbacks, orcas and other whale species have been seriously injured and killed by vessel strikes. Recently a 2 year Humpback died from multiple propeller cuts by a ship that even broke the jaw.
If Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project is permitted there will be a huge increase in shipping and therefore many more large ships. More Ships, More Deaths!
Don’t Pave It! Save It!
Big businesses have been trying since 2005 to this massive expansion. The government has previously stopped the destruction of this precious habitat.
1. Previously the Environment Canada’s response to the Canadian Environmental Assessment process criticized the expansion at Delta Port marine container facility. The report stated: “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.”
2. The proposed expansions of the Vancouver Port Authority facility at Roberts Bank will result in the loss of precious marine habitat, essential for a diversity of animals, birds and fish. Increased vehicle and ship traffic will also have many negative effects on this sensitive ecosystem.
3. The negative impacts on endangered orcas, humpbacks and others include increases of ship strikes and injuries/deaths; construction noise would interrupt their lifestyles and could cause fatal injuries (such as hearing trauma); release of contaminants during construction impacting their health; increase of ship traffic noise and water pollution that can lead to poor health/death; and many more long term impacts that can affect food availability and the historic use of this habitat.
Stop More Vessels and More Whale Deaths!
Lifeforce has studied the behaviour and travel patterns of the Southern Orca Community. Some of these studies were conducted under a DFO research permit. These orcas have been designated as a highly endangered species. The area where the Roberts Bank Terminal expansion is located is a very important habitat for them and must be protected for their survival. During most of the year they travel in these waters. From approximately May to October, J pod has been joined by K pod and L pod. Other threatened populations of orca and marine mammals are also found in this area. Note: When Lifeforce requested the Terminal’s “enviromental impact studies” on existing marine mammals that they found they said the videos were undeterminable due to air pollution and weather on the camera lens.
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