Opinion: Critics of coal shipments are misinformed, B.C. can’t afford to lose 26,000 jobs supported by the coal industry

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Mark Gordienko, Steve Hunt, Brian Cochrane and Tom Sigurdson | Vancouver Sun | November 27, 2013

Our unions’ members are responsible for mining and transporting metallurgical coal from British Columbia to markets overseas. So we welcome the positive Environmental Impact Assessment released Nov. 18 by Port Metro Vancouver on the proposed Fraser Surrey Docks expansion. The study, by experts such as Dr. Leonard Ritter, Professor Emeritus of Toxicology at the University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Sciences, shows that many complaints by environmental groups and others are misinformed or exaggerated.