Speak up for Southern Resident orca! Say “NO!” to Roberts Bank Terminal 2

Canada’s largest port, the Port of Vancouver, has proposed a dramatic expansion in the form of a three-berth container ship terminal, called Roberts Bank Terminal 2 (RBT2). The terminal is located in Delta, British Columbia, less than a mile from Washington State. RBT2 will increase container ship traffic through the transboundary waters of the Salish Sea by 468-520 transits each year. The RBT2 terminal will be constructed over 437 acres of critical habitat for Southern Resident orcas, salmon, and migratory birds in the Fraser River Delta.

Governor Inslee needs to hear from you!

Our Governor needs to know that the environmental review for this project did not adequately address project-related impacts to Washington State’s environmental, economic and cultural resources; public and private properties; and Tribal Treaty Rights.

Canada’s Federal Review Panel report states that RBT2 would have “numerous” environmental impacts, including “significant adverse effects on Chinook salmon” and “significant adverse and cumulative effects on SRKW [Southern Resident Killer Whales].” In recent years, Washington State has made significant investments in the protection and recovery of Southern Resident orcas. RBT2 will put at risk the progress made to date on the Southern Resident Orca Task Force recommendations and the protection and recovery of the Southern Resident orcas, their critical habitat, and their food web.

Join 41 organizations in asking Governor Inslee to oppose RBT2 on behalf of Washingtonians and the environmental, cultural and economic resources of this state. 

Sign our petition asking Governor Inslee to oppose RBT2. 

Talking points for your outreach with decision-makers:

1) Roberts Bank Terminal 2 should not be approved!

2) If Canada still insists on approving this project in spite of Washington State’s strong objections, ask Governor Inslee to advocate for more conditions to mitigate RBT2 impacts:

  • Require an additional Emergency Response Towing Vessel to prevent accidents and oil spills from the RBT2 vessel traffic.
  • Require all container ships that call on RBT2 to be accredited as quiet by a ship-classification society in order to protect Southern Residents and other marine fauna from the RBT2 vessel traffic’s detrimental noise impacts.
  • Require all container ships that call on RBT2 to exclusively use propulsion fuels that comply with the International Maritime Organization’s 0.50% sulfur limit in order to reduce the environmental and economic impacts from potential oil spills. This would prohibit the use of Heavy Fuel Oil – the high viscosity, tar-like fuel that can have significant environmental and economic and cultural impacts when spilled and would also prevent pollution from wet scrubber discharges.

The final decision-makers in Canada need to hear from you!

Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change is expected to issue a decision regarding the approval of the project in late 2020. Ask Canada’s Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers to deny approval of RBT2.

If Canada insists on approving this project, the additional mitigations (above) should be required as conditions of any project approval.

Contact Information, Petitions & Communication Resources

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee
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PO Box 40002
Olympia WA 98504-0002
Tel: 360-902-4111
Fax: 360-753-4110

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
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Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Fax: 613-941-6900

Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson

Email: [email protected]
Minister of Environment and Climate Change
200 Sacré-Coeur, 2nd Floor
Fontaine Building
Hull, QC K1A 0H3
819-938-3813

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Bernadette Jordan
Email: [email protected]
The Honourable Bernadette Jordan
Minister’s office
200 Kent St
Station 15N100
Ottawa ON K1A 0E6

Friends of the San Juans’ Petition Asking Governor Inslee to Oppose RBT2

Letter from 41 Organizations Asking Governor Inslee to Oppose RBT2

Ecojustice Petition and Letter Writing Resources

Raincoast Conservation Foundation Petition

Georgia Strait Alliance Petition

Petition sponsored by the Boundary Bay Conservation Committee, Fraser Voices Association, Against Port Expansion (APE), the B.C. Great Blue Heron Society and the Council of Canadians (Delta-Richmond chapter)

Letter Writing Resources from Against Port Expansion in the Fraser Estuary, BC

Katie FlemingRoberts Bank 2 Terminal Action Alert