July 6, 2022

The Queens County Citizen

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BAPE seeks study on Laurencia project in Quebec

A motion will be introduced Monday with the Quebec City Municipal Council to call for a public hearing on Quebec’s public hearings on the environment (BOP) on the implications of the Laurentia Container Terminal project.

Neighboring communities and environmental groups fear that the Port of Quebec project will bring its share of environmental issues to the region.

With this deep water wharf they are particularly concerned about the increase in traffic and the growth of particles in the vicinity of the Quebec harbor.

“There are five neighborhood councils, there are groups of citizens who have come together to deny this fact and a BAPE will be asked to comprehensively examine the effects, not only on traffic, but also on air quality,” explained Raymond Dion, an independent councilor for Loretville-Les Chattles district.

The two municipal councilors who will table the motion, Raymond Dion and Jean Rousseau, want to get more accurate statistics on the frequency of shipments around the Laurentia project.

“Catching BAPE makes it possible to know how many trucks there are and how many trains there are because we are told 10%, 180 truck trips a day, in Montreal we have 1,100 trucks a day, 55%. Cop-Ax-Diamonds District Municipal Councilor Jean Rousseau said the actual number of shipments It is important to have information.

The Quebec port said the request had already been heard during meetings between the port administration and these various groups of citizens in recent months.

However, the agency adds that it does not provide additional comments and follows ongoing discussions at the level of political organizations.

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In a preliminary report released last November, the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada stated that the Port of Quebec expansion project would have multiple “significant adverse environmental impacts”.

“The agency believes that the project will lead to direct and accumulated negative residual environmental impacts on fish and fish habitats, air quality, human health, current use of lands and resources for traditional purposes, especially those related to fishing. [et] Socio-economic conditions associated with recreational and commercial fishing. ”