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Coal integral to B.C. economy
Re: Port orders dust control, impact study for Surrey coal terminal (NewsLeader, Sept. 18)
The additional dust mitigation measures put forward by Fraser Surrey Docks — as well as an independent third party assessment of the proposal — reflects the ongoing commitment to innovation and improvement by the coal industry.
Opponents were quick to deride these measures as "insufficient" or "window dressing."
Although nothing could be further from the truth, it's typical of type of rhetoric we've been hearing from anti-development groups devoted to opposing any coal project under any circumstances. Their goal is to see coal left in the ground.
That's an extreme position and one that's not supported by most British Columbians who understand the importance of coal, whether it's used to make steel or to provide electricity to homes, businesses and communities.
British Columbians also understand the importance of this vital product to our economy and to working families. Our industry has been an integral part of B.C.'s rich history for decades and will continue to be, creating tens of thousands of well-paying, highly skilled jobs and contributing billions of dollars to the economy to help support the programs and services we depend on and have come to expect.
(The Coal Alliance includes representatives from the coal industry, including mines, marine terminals, railways, industry associations and organized labour)