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REPORTING · 19th December 2014
Walter McFarlane
Rio Tinto Alcan held an open house with the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office on December 9th for their plans for the Terminal A Expansion Project.

“It’s a project to extend a part of our current wharf a bit further out and make a new terminal that will hopefully help facilitate some LNG Development in Kitimat,” said Kevin Dobbin.

The purpose of the evening was to provide feedback to the BC Environmental Assessment Office and RTA. It was also to introduce the project to the community.

“The terminal needs to be extended because we’ve entered into an option personal agreement with LNG Canada and that option entails them purchasing the Terminal B which is the former Eurocan Wharf from us. In order for them to gain access to that wharf, we need an additional Terminal to be able to ship our metal out and import our raw materials into Kitimat,” said Dobbin.

Dobbin stated that Hospital Beach is remaining open. The project might have some impact on the beach in the form of temporary closures while the project takes place. However, the plan is for these closures to be temporary.

If you missed the session, the information can be found on the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office Website. They can also give feedback there as well. The public comment period closes January 8th, 2015.

“We’re encouraging feedback, we’re encouraging comments. The more comments and feedback, the better for us. We can improve the project in many different ways so we get that comment and feedback,” said Dobbin.