Posted in CVRD, Government, Union Bay Ship Breaking

Union Bay Ship Breaking

Lots of people upset about the ship wrecking/breaking going on at the old log sort. It’s getting interesting now, so I want to keep track of what’s going on. Have gathered some information here.

The CVRD isn’t going to shut this business down. That’s not what they do. Their mantra is to work with the applicant and encourage them to take steps to remedy the problem. They want to remain impartial and not take sides, worried about litigation after the 3L lawsuit. In my opinion. 🙂

Screenshot from the CCOBS Facebook page.
Reason for decision RE: Union Bay Industries Ltd., Deepwater Recovery (Lease) from the Provincial Gov’t dated Oct. 15, 2021.
Jan. 25, 2022. Letter to the Editor Comox Valley Record

https://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/opinion/concerned-citizens-of-baynes-sound-strongly-oppose-shipbreaking/

The Concerned Citizens of Baynes Sound (CCOBS) are strongly opposed to shipbreaking in Baynes Sound at the Union Bay Industries Ltd site. The K’ómoks First Nation and the NGO Shipbreaking Platform based in Brussels, Belgium are also strongly opposed to shipbreaking in Baynes Sound.

The B.C. Government and the Comox Valley Regional District have been studying this shipbreaking issue; however, they need public encouragement to ensure all of our voices are heard. The environment cannot speak for itself! There is no safe way to conduct shipbreaking in Baynes Sound.

Politicians need encouragement from the public to do the right thing, and immediately stop work and permanently shut down shipbreaking activities in Baynes Sound.

Politicians need encouragement from the public to do the right thing, and immediately stop work and permanently shut down shipbreaking activities in Baynes Sound.

For further information, we invite the public to contact CCOBS at shipbreakingub@gmail.com, or visit http://www.facebook.com/ConcernedCitizensofBaynesSound/

The public is also encouraged to contact local area politicians, with the following:

“I oppose shipbreaking in Baynes Sound, and as our MLA and Municipal Director, what specific steps are you taking to support your constituents’ legitimate and overwhelming calls to immediately stop shipbreaking in Baynes Sound?”

Josie Osbourne – Minister of Municipal Affairs – MLA Mid Island-Pacific Rim Josie. Osborne.MLA@leg.bc.ca

Daniel Arbour – CVRD director Area A. reachme@danielarbour.ca

Concerned Citizens of Baynes Sound

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Previous articles:

Jan. 13, 2022 https://shipbreakingplatform.org/shipbreaking-british-columbia/

NOTE: this is just a snip of the article.

Press Release – NGOs join local residents and First Nations in fight against toxic shipbreaking in British Columbia

Published in January 13th, 2022

Eighteen months have passed since local residents and K’ómoks First Nation (KFN) first raised concerns regarding scrapping operations at Union Bay, traditional unceded territory of First Nations within Baynes Sound, British Columbia, Canada. Now, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform joins them in calling on federal, provincial and regional authorities to make sure that the activities carried out by the operator, Deep Water Recovery Ltd (DWR), cease to cause harm to both local communities and the surrounding environment.

In December 2020, DWR converted a former log-sort location in an improvised shipbreaking yard to pull apart barges. The shipbreaking activities are in violation of district zoning bylaws, and, to date, the Comox Valley Regional District is still allowing for hazardous operations to take place only a few meters away from several residential houses and within an Ecologically and Biologically Significant Area (EBSA). 

As highlighted in a recent report by WWF Canada, Baynes Sound is the highest ranked cumulative and spawning area for herring in the Strait of Georgia and is a critical feeding and overwintering area for water birds. It also supports the highest density of intertidal shellfish aquaculture in British Columbia, producing over half of all the shellfish cultured in the province. Locating a hazardous industry in such an ecologically sensitive zone is simply unacceptable.

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Jan. 13, 2022 https://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/news/global-coalition-calls-for-halt-to-shipbreaking-in-union-bay/

Jan. 10, 2022 https://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/news/concerned-citizens-of-baynes-sound-want-answers-about-shipbreaking/

Electoral Areas Services Committee January 10, 2022

Dec. 15, 2021 https://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/news/kmoks-first-nation-responds-to-ship-breaking-activity-in-unceded-territory/

Nov. 29, 2021 https://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/news/ship-breaking-generates-complaints-from-union-bay/

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Posted in CVRD, Royston Union Bay Sewage plan 2020, south sewer project

Electoral Areas Services Committee Jan. 10, 2022 – Delegation Opposing Ship Breaking and Update on Extension of the Sewer Services South

The first part of the video is a presentation by landowners opposed to the ship breaking operation.

This is set to start at 38:12 which is when they start discussing the extension of the sewer services south.

Posted in Area A Director, Kensington Coastal Pointe, Kensington Island Properties aka KIP Costanza, 34083 Yukon Inc., Kensington Union Bay Properties Gp Ltd, Kensington Union Bay Properties Ltd., Kipshit Creek, The Union Bay Community, Union Bay Estates, Union Bay Resorts

Looks Like Kensington Island Properties aka Union Bay Estates Want to Add to the Contamination Already Leaching Into Baynes Sound

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Anyone surprised by this new development? Union Bay Estates has been discharging muddy construction runoff into the mouth of Hart/Washer Creek since at least Sept. 30, which is when the above pic was taken.

Does it surprise you that those in authority don’t seem concerned. Area A Director was copied on a letter regarding the discharge and responded with general answers about the coal hill remediation and completely ignored the discharge problem – completely ignored .

The same developer that wants you to trust them to dump 1875 cubic metres of sewage daily into Hart/Washer Creek safely.

The same developer who never bothered to obtain permits to clear the land north of McLeod Rd and never bothered to apply for a permit to use the cleared land as a gravel/sand pit until caught by an inspector of Mines.

Ya, that developer. The developer who doesn’t give a shit about Union Bay or those who reside here – imo.

The image below is page 14 from the Official Community Plan from the Comox Valley Regional District. Why isn’t the OCP being enforced? https://www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/bylaws/337_rural_cv_ocp_consolidated_2018_0.pdf

The two and a half minute video below shows how far the muddy waters spread.

Here’s another photo from Nov. 22 showing the muddy water being drained through the concrete culvert.

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“…McMahon said the area was a cesspool of contaminants that continued to leech (sic) into Baynes Sound.”