2013 10 28 TV News Story - New Westminster Coal Protest

Monday, October 28, 2013 (All day)
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This is a TV news story about a protest rally involving hundreds of people taking a stand  against an expansion proposal to deliver U.S. thermal coal by rail to the Fraser Surrey Docks, and then transport it by barge down the Fraser River to Texada Island to be shipped to China. The rally was held at the New Westminster Quay, which is across the river from the Fraser Surrey Docks.

Eion Madden from the Wilderness Committee says the proposed expansion affects people from many communities, not just Surrey or New Westminster. "Once [residents are] aware this is happening in their backyard, they're pretty quick to write their name down on a petition and say 'no, we're not for this, there are better ways of pushing our community development forward," he says. "We can't afford the consequences of coal being burned for energy, all that pollution coming from China across the sea, or if it's coal dust, into our neighbours' you know air, or the air that they breathe. So it's actually everyone's backyard," Madden adds.

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