Port Investigating Improper Ocean Disposal Related to Deltaport Third Berth Construction and Damage to BCTC Transmission Line

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 2 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Port Authority (VPA) has recently
learned that contractors working on the Deltaport Third Berth Project (DP3) at
Roberts Bank in Delta disposed of clean dredge material outside of the
permitted disposal location for the project. VPA understands this disposal
took place approximately one kilometre from the area designated in the ocean
disposal permit for the project.
    British Columbia Transmission Corporation (BCTC) has further advised VPA
that one of its HVDC underwater electrical power cables, which services
Vancouver Island, is located in the area of this improper disposal and may
have sustained damage. Service to Vancouver Island has not been affected. It
also appears some disposal may have occurred in waters which are located
within the United States.
    VPA immediately advised Environment Canada and the Department of
Fisheries and Oceans of the error and is working closely with BCTC,
Environment Canada and U.S. officials to investigate and confirm details
pertaining to the incident, which appears to have taken place between May 31
and July 10, 2007.
    VPA holds an ocean disposal permit issued by Environment Canada, to
dispose of clean dredge material that is not suitable for use as fill in the
construction of DP3. Environment Canada will also be conducting an independent
investigation to determine the cause and responsible parties for the
"non-approved" disposal.
    VPA will work in conjunction with Environment Canada, BCTC and other
authorities to ensure that any required remedial action is carried out.
    "There will be no more ocean disposal by barge until the contractor's
proposed plan to address the cause of this mistake has been accepted by
Environment Canada," said Chris Badger, Vice President Customer Development
and Operations for the VPA. "The VPA has also directed the contractor to
include in their plan the placement of an independent marine surveyor on-board
all disposal barges to ensure that the dredged material is disposed of in the
approved location."
    Construction for DP3 has been underway since January 2007. The project
will add a third berth to the existing two-berth terminal at the Deltaport
container terminal at Roberts Bank. The project is a direct response to the
growing needs of Canadian industry and consumer demand, and specifically the
significant increase in container volumes predicted over the next 20 years,
for the benefit of BC and Canadian workers and economies.
    The VPA will post updates at www.portvancouver.com as more information
becomes available.

For further information:

For further information: Duncan Wilson, Vancouver Port Authority, Tel:
(604) 665-9067, Cell: (778) 231-6991; Thoren Hudyma, Director, Public Affairs,
British Columbia Transmission Corporation, Tel: (604) 699-7444

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