Vancouver International Airport

Proposed Airport Fuel Delivery System

While the City of Richmond has and will continue to provide comments on this project, it does not have any regulatory power with regard to pipeline projects, such as this, beyond development and building permitting on private lands.

The Project
The Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation (VAFFC), is an organization owned and operated by a consortium of commercial airlines. VAFFC  currently supplies jet fuel to YVR.

The VAFFC is building a new fuel delivery system in Richmond. The system includes a Marine Terminal and Fuel Receiving Facility on the South Arm of the Fraser river and a 13-kilometre underground pipeline from the facility to YVR.

The regulatory agencies that approved this project include the BC Oil & Gas Commission and the Federal and Provincial Ministries of Environment. While the City of Richmond has and will continue to provide comments to influence the process of this project, it does not have any regulatory power with regard to pipeline projects, such as this, beyond development and building permitting on private lands.

The City's primary concern is public safety and protection of the environment.

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Current Public Participation
In April 2016, the VAFFC filed an amendment to the Environmental Assessment Certificate for proposed changed to the:

  • route changes are in response to feedback
  • pipeline size, the amendment seeks a marginal increase

The application process includes a 21-day public comment period, from May 14 to June 4, 2016. Including two public information sessions:

VAFFC Information Sessions
 

Date Time Location
Saturday, May 14, 2016 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Executive Airport Plaza
7311 Westminster Highway
Richmond, BC
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sandman Signature Vancouver Hotel
10251 St. Edwards Drive
Richmond, BC

VAFFC staff will be available to answer questions and a Comment Form will be available for guests to provide written comments. Comments can also be submitted through the project website www.vancouverairportfuel.ca.

Before pipeline construction can begin, VAFFC requires a construction and development permit from the BC Oil and Gas Commission (OGC). This process will also include a public notification and consultation process.

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Regulatory Process
VAFFC voluntarily applied for, and was approved to, have the project reviewed by the BC Environmental Assessment Office. The environmental assessment process allows for public comment, and concludes with ministerial approval or rejection of the project.

The regulatory agencies that have powers to approve or reject project such as this include the BC Oil & Gas Commission and the Federal and Provincial Ministries of Environment.

The following organizations are among those represented on the Environmental Assessment Process Working Group created for the VAFFC project.

  • First Nations
  • Port Metro Vancouver
  • Vancouver Airport Authority
  • Fraser River Estuary Management Program
  • BC Oil and Gas Commission
  • City of Richmond

The City of Richmond does not have any regulatory power with regard to pipeline projects beyond development and building permitting on private lands.

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More Information
For more information on the City of Richmond's position, please visit Council meeting minutes at www.richmond.ca including:

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