Salish Sea, emerging issues, supply chain, Roberts Bank, Delta, British Columbia, news media
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 marine container facility in Delta, British Columbia, presents a narrative of economic opportunity and expansion for Canadian government and industry, and simultaneously has raised serious concerns in the transboundary Salish Sea watershed region about issues of sustainability, biodiversity, community impacts, and tribal rights. Ongoing media coverage of the yet-to-be-constructed project, which received federal government approval in April of 2023, has amplified the government’s economic justification for the maritime infrastructure. Yet numerous news outlets have simultaneously raised concerns over short- and long-term ecological deterioration and negative impacts to local communities. This two-pronged narrative underscores a disconnect between the aspirations of Canada’s federal government and the growing environmental concerns articulated by local and also transboundary constituencies in the Salish Sea watershed.
Salish Sea Institute
Moscato, Derek, "Supply Chain Narratives in the Salish Sea’s Transboundary Ecosystem: News Media and Public Positioning of the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Expansion" (2023). Institute Publications. 35.
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