Let Howe Sound Live…

January 14, 2016

The Honourable Hunter Tootoo, M.P.

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

200 Kent Street – Station 15N100

Ottawa ON K1A 0A6

The Honourable Catherine McKenna, M.P.

Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change

House of Commons Ottawa ON

K1A 0A6

Ms. Danielle Cunningham, Senior Land Officer

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

101-42000 Loggers Lane Squamish, BC V8B 0H3

200 – 10428 153rd Street, Surrey, B.C.V3R 1E1.

Dear Ministers and Ms Cunningham:

I appreciate this opportunity to submit to the government my objections, relevant data and my concerns.

Along with others, I have rejoiced at the return to Howe Sound of the Herring.

We believe that the dolphins and whales, which have been sighted in Howe Sound in recent years, have returned due to the increase in survival rate of the Herring.

Howe Sound has begun a resurrection, as the heavy industries are no longer polluting and depleting the area. The industries have left with their profits leaving their pollution behind and in, a lifeless Howe Sound by the year 2000.

The Fraser Basin Council has accomplished a remediation process for the Britannia Mine site on the East shore of Howe Sound.

The District of Squamish is closely monitoring the results of their remediation of the abandoned FMC chemical plant site on the North shore of Howe Sound.

The Woodfibre site on the West shore of Howe Sound is in dire need of remediation for the pollution caused by the now abandoned mill that was there.

Herring have historically and are presently populating Howe Sound.

Organizations and individuals have gathered much data and the survival of herring eggs is obvious.

I am including links and have attached the files from the Concerned Citizens Bowen on Herring in Howe Sound and their link to Data on Herring in Howe Sound from the personal records of Squamish resident John Buchanan.

http://ccbowen.ca/herringletter/   http://ccbowen.ca/herringreport/

Since 2000 a method to combat the destruction of herring eggs laid on creosoted pilings has been devised, by the Squamish Streamkeepers.   It is being successfully used to wrap the pilings at the Squamish Terminals on the North shore of Howe Sound and now at False Creek.

The assessment of Herring numbers is of great importance when considering the viability of an ecosystem. Certainly the sudden appearance of whales and hundreds of dolphins feeding is their testament to the renewal of Howe Sound.

Orca catching a dolphin in Howe Sound photo credit to Chris Carpentier

orca catches dolphin photo by Chris Carpentier Howe Sound 2014

The Herring are a vital component to the life of Howe Sound.   The assessment of Herring numbers is also an important component in the environmental assessment process for activities proposed in Howe Sound.

The Herring eggs are surviving at the Woodfibre site and along the West shore of Howe Sound. Data is available to substantiate this claim. A more complete study is warranted due to the destructive nature of the activities proposed and approved for the West shore of Howe Sound.

We are requesting that the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and that the Honourable Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard decline approval for the Environmental Assessments of both the Woodfibre LNG proposed cooling system and the Black Mount log dump proposed for Folger Creek.

Our experience with those protecting Herring spawning areas and those compiling data to show evidence of the Herring spawn survival compel the us to request these destructive proposals be denied.

Included with our letter is the detailed letter to you from the:

  • Ø Concerned Citizens Bowen, Bowen Island, Howe Sound
  • Ø Dated January 6, 2016
  • Ø Written by J.H. Anton Van Ralven and Thomas E. Rafael.

Black Mount Logging Inc. from Squamish, BC, has applied to the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), Surrey for a Licence of Occupation for Log Handling and Storage situated on Provincial Crown located at Folger Creek in Howe Sound.

The file number is #2411637

Ø This is a proposal for a 10 year Licence of Occupation for a log dump in the Folger Creek area.

Ø The site will be accessed by the water or network of forest roads.

Ø Infrastructure may include reconstruction of previous dump facilities, installation of floating dump skids, installation of booming grounds, installation of a dock and barge ram, and installation of three anchors in the water.

Ø Although the company is applying for a log dump at the end of an existing logging road (built during last century logging), the BCImap site does not show any pending cutblocks in the Folger Creek watershed.

The North shores of Howe Sound have been destroyed because log dumps have been allowed. Recently; in accordance with the Squamish Estuary Management Plan, a decades old log dump was relocated from the Central Squamish Estuary to the North East shore of Howe Sound.

There are now no log dumps west of the spur line, which divides the Squamish Estuary and leads to the Squamish Terminals. The West shore of Howe Sound is recovering from the pollution of heavy industry, the hillside divided by the Hydro line.

an estuary rainbow

This Squamish Estuary photo from the dike at Third and Vancouver St. shows that beyond the water is blocked and that is the spur line to the Squamish Terminals.

Beyond, the photo shows the hillside on the West shore of Howe Sound and the BC Hydro line clearing which divides it.

We all know what a mess mills look when in production and when abandoned.

The economic factors that once contributed to the permissive attitude toward environmentally destructive industry no longer exist. The future of Howe Sound is one of environmental abundance if allowed to regenerate.

Environmental abundance means food for all.

Each link in the ecosystem must be intact to provide sustenance.

Fisheries must be considered and given priority in all planning.

This is why we have linked these two projects and the data for the West shore of Howe Sound together in this letter of objection to these proposals and their components.

It is our hope that the data will be considered and further studies and environmental enhancement projects will be done to ensure the continued recovery of Howe Sound.



Squamish, BC

Squamish Estuary Advisory Committee to Council


-The Honourable Mary Polak, Minister of Environment of British Columbia

-Ms. Pamela Goldsmith – Jones, M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs


Ms. Danielle Cunningham, Senior Land Officer

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations



-Mr. Michael Shepard, Project Assessment Manager, BC EA office


-Telásemkin Siyám Chief Bill Williams, Hereditary Chief Squamish Nation


-Syeta’xtn Councillor Chris Lewis, Spokes person Squamish Nation Council

-Ms. Erin Hanson and Amanda King, Consultation and Accommodation Coordinator, Tsleil-Waututh Nation
ehanson@twnation.ca   aking@twnation.ca
-Mr. Renny Talbot, Senior Fisheries Protection Biologist, DFO Pacific Biological Station


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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
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SEMP and Stopping Fortis BC


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
and more
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.
Deb McBride

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