Public Notice 

Creosote Pile Removal and Disposal – Extension PER No. 19-022-01 – Public Comments Invited 

January 6, 2021 – As part of its Project and Environmental Review process, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority must determine whether the proposed amendment to extend the validity period of the approved Creosote Pile Removal and Disposal project, located in Indian Arm, BC is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. Written comments to be received by Date (completed by PE Advisor). 

To help inform this determination and a decision on whether or not to approve the proposed permit extension, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is inviting comments from the public respecting that determination. All comments received will be considered public and may be posted online. For more information, individuals should consult the Privacy Notice on the Registry website. 

Written comments must be submitted by February 4, 2021 via the online commenting tool or to: 

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority 
Project and Environmental Review 
100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place 
Vancouver, B.C. Canada  V6C 3T4 

The Proposed Project Amendment 

Tsleil-Waututh Nation on behalf of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Environmental Programs proposes to remove abandoned creosote piles, dock debris and a derelict crane along Indian Arm. The Project consists of removing 159 piles, 3 docks, 1 crane and other debris fragments at various locations in Indian River Estuary, Iron Bay, Buntzen Bay, Farrer Cove, and Granite Falls. Works will be completed by spud barge and piles will be removed by vibratory hammer and chain. Piles in Indian River Estuary and Buntzen Bay will be removed at high tide to prevent barge grounding. Some piles in Indian River Estuary may be cut at mudline at low tide, due to the deteriorated natures of the piles. Removed creosote piles and other collected debris will be transported by barge and disposed of at an appropriate waste facility. 

The Project was approved prior to the coming into force of the Impact Assessment Act and was not previously posted on the registry. The permit is currently valid until March 31, 2021. Due to COVID-19, equipment and operator time were not available to complete the project prior to permit expiry. An extension until February 28, 2022 is being requested. Work would take place during the least risk window for fish and fish habitat, between August 16, 2021 and February 28, 2022.   

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