Port Metro Vancouver has approved a proposed direct coal transfer facility at Fraser Surrey Docks.
The decision comes after a two-year review process.
The new facility will handle over four million tonnes of coal per year, coming mostly from the U.S. on the BNSF Railway.
Port Metro Vancouver says their permitting process was “unusually extensive in this case.”
Critics say that coal dust are one of the many environmental risks inherent in the project. There have been a number of public meetings over the proposal in the past year.
The proposal is opposed by Metro Vancouver, Surrey, Vancouver, and other municipalities.
The $15 million project will create 25 direct and 25 in-direct full-time jobs.
© Shaw Media, 2014