City of Richmond BC - Vancouver International Airport

By: City Of Richmond, British Columbia  09-12-2011

Vancouver International Airport

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), an organization owned and operated by a consortium of commercial airlines, is proposing to build a new aviation fuel delivery system to serve the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and meet its long-term needs for aviation fuel.

Over the past several years, VAFFC has identified several alternatives for a reliable long-term fuel supply for YVR. The alternatives include a combination of fuel delivery by marine routes, rail, tanker trucks and pipeline to bring fuel from its sources to YVR.

The VAFFC is pursuing approvals for their South Arm Option which consists of a marine terminal and fuel receiving facility on the south arm of the Fraser River, along with a new 15 kilometre pipeline through Richmond connecting the fuel receiving facility to YVR.

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

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

For more information on the City of Richmond’s position, please visit Council meeting minutes at

 including:

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 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. 

Public Participation
March 7, 2011 Public Open House      

Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (BCEAO) Public Open House

  • 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Executive Airport Plaza Hotel
  • 7311 Westminster Highway, Richmond
  • 5:15 p.m.  presentation by the BCEAO on the process, and queston period on the process.
  • Followed by presentation by the Vancouver Airport Fuel facilities Corporation on the proposed project.
February 25, 2011 - April 11, 2011 Public Comment Period     Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (BCEAO) application public comment period is open.The BCEAO accepts public comments:
  • By mail:  Jennifer Dessouki
    Project Assessment Manager
    Environmental Assessment Office
    PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt
    Victoria, BC  V8W 9V1
  • By fax: 250-356-7440
April 12 - May 2, 2010 Public Comment Period Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (BCEAO) pre-application public comment period is open.The BCEAO accepts public comments:
  • By mail:  Jennifer Dessouki
    Project Assessment Manager
    Environmental Assessment Office
    PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt
    Victoria, BC  V8W 9V1
  • By fax: 250-356-7440
April 14, 2010
Public Open House
The Federal and BC Environmental Assessment Offices held a Open House & Invitation to Comment in Richmond, BC
Feb- March 2009
Public Information Sessions
VAFFC held four public information sessions in Richmond, BC
Timeline
2009 VAFFC pre-application public consultation
2009-2011 Environmental Assessment application and public comment period
2010 - 2011 Government review and ongoing consultation
TBD Construction (subject to regulatory approval)
TBD In operation (subject to regulatory approval)

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