Submitter: Bernadette Keenan
Date Submitted: March 15, 2011
(The attached document was provided to the commission at the Kamloops public forum as part of the submission by Bernadette Keenan.)
The South Fraser Perimeter Road Project threatens to destroy sensitive salmon habitat, and will create a nightmare for ensuring the sustainability of Fraser sockeye. If the project goes ahead, it will cause creeks to be paved over, trees to be cut down, and toxic runoff to spill into the Fraser River. A problem with a Manson Canal holding pond during the 2008 spawning season is an example of how ongoing preparations for the project are already damaging salmon habitat. No cumulative environmental assessment of the project's impacts were conducted, and the commission should recommend that the project be cancelled and its funding be diverted to other transportation solutions, such as rail and short sea shipping.