This image from the September 2012 Comprehensive Study Report shows the area proposed for the Canpotex potash terminal and the Ridley Island road and rail utility corridor.

Federal Environment Minister gives Canpotex potash terminal the green light

The proposed Canpotex potash export terminal in Prince Rupert has been given the go ahead from the Canadian Environment Minister.

The proposed Canpotex potash export terminal in Prince Rupert has been given the go ahead from the Canadian Environment Minister.

In a statement released today, Minister Peter Kent announced that he found the proposed potash export terminal and road and rail utility corridor planned for Ridley Island “is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects” based on the mitigation measures and the follow-up measures outlined in the Comprehensive Study Report filed by Canpotex.

The terminal calls for dock and marine infrastructure to receive 180,000 tonne vessels, a 180,000 tonne potash storage building with conveyor and dust collection system, an automated railcar unloading and conveyor system and buildings for administration, maintenance, personnel in addition to site services like water and hydro.

Included in the study is the rail/utility corridor proposed by the Prince Rupert Port Authority. That project includes an eight to 8.5 kilometre rail loop to handle up to 14 inbound and 11 outbound track on Ridley Island, a 3.4 kilometre 69 kV transmission line connected to the BC Hydro grid and an access road with a rail overpass and underpass.

In making the decision, the Minister took into account the documentation prepared by Canpotex and feedback from the public. The matter has now been referred to the DFO, Transport Canada and Environment Canada for the needed permitting.

Look for more information as it becomes available here at thenorthernview.com.

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