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pulse look Visions of excess Page 13 Friday, January 18, 2013 Simon Chang jewelry Page 25 West Van: 124 pages North Van: 104 pages your source for local sports, news, weather and entertainment! rev 3 Series still out in front Page 41 Voted Canada’s Best Community Newspaper Neptune plans to double coal export Critics point to dust, global warming Jane Seyd A public relations battle is brewing over plans by North Vancouver’s Neptune Terminals to potentially double the volume of coal it handles. Neptune currently has two applications in to Port Metro Vancouver, involving changing and upgrading equipment to allow coal trains to be unloaded faster at the terminal. If approved, the expansion plan would increase the terminal’s handling of metallurgical coal from current volumes of between eight and nine million tonnes annually to 18 million tonnes. Jim Belsheim, president of Neptune, says the terminal’s expansion will boost the local economy and create more than 180 new jobs. “We’re pretty proud of our project,” he said. But coal exports are increasingly coming under fire from advocacy groups for both their effect on global warming and potential health impacts. NEWS photo Mike Wakefield Recently, the Victoria-based Dogwood Initiative ran an A large bulldozer at Neptune Terminals pushes coal to a conveyor loading system for transfer to a waiting ship and export from Canada. automated telephone campaign Neptune hopes to double its coal-shipping capacity and add 180 jobs in doing so. that involved phoning about 11,000 households in North Vancouver to raise concerns about the planned coal expansion. The recorded message featured Dr. Erica Frank, a professor of public health at the University of British Columbia and climate change activist, talking about the project adding “a massive increase to trains near your neighbourhood” and voicing concerns about the Brent Richter But the Tsleil-Waututh, who were already steadfastly opposed health impacts of coal dust and diesel exhaust. to the company’s plan to twin the existing pipeline, says this Frank said in the recording if expansion plans in both North puts even more undue risk on Burrard Inlet and the people and Vancouver and Delta go ahead, Vancouver will be “the largest PLANS to add even more capacity to Kinder wildlife who depend on it. exporter of coal in North America,” adding, “I wonder if anyone Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline “If they are increasing the amount of barrels that are coming, asked you if you wanted this increase.” what’s next? They’ll have to increase either the size of the expansion to Burnaby earned a quick Belsheim said he’s “a little disappointed with the robocalls.” The condemnation from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. tankers or the number of the tankers. If they have to increase recordings contain “misleading” information, such as the assertion the size of the tankers, does that mean dredging of the Second Neptune is building a new berth, said Belsheim. “We’re not,” he Kinder Morgan announced plans last week to add about 20 Narrows?” asked Carleen Thomas, elected councillor with the said. “Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion but not their own per cent more capacity to the pipeline it hopes to build from Tsleil-Waututh Nation. facts,” he added. Throughout the public consultations in 2012, Kinder Morgan Alberta to its shipping terminal on Burrard Inlet. Neptune has estimated the expansion would mean one additional The revised plans came after signing three new long-term had claimed it wanted a second pipeline to transport 750,000 contracts with shippers wanting to transport the diluted bitumen See Health page 3 to more lucrative Asian markets. See More page 3 Tsleil-Waututh reject bigger pipeline ON BEDDING UNTIL JAN 31 604-985-8738 • 9am-5:30pm Monday-Saturday • Noon-4pm Sundays VISIT US ONLINE: COLONY – A FAMILY BUSINESS BASED ON SERVICE, SELECTION AND VALUE AWARD WINNING NORTH SHORE RETAILER THREE YEARS IN A ROW. MARINE DRIVE CAPILANO VW CHURCHILL ROOSEVELT COLONY COLONY MACKAY HAMILTON WAREHOUSE “Saving you money since 1969” (2 blocks behind Indigo Books - south of Marine Drive) LLOYD Appliance & Mattress SAVE UP TO 80% 1075 Roosevelt Crescent, North Vancouver PEMBERTON COLONY CAPILANO MALL

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