Friday, 02 February 2018 13:30

Port of Montreal's container expansion expects challenges

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The Montreal Port Authority has submitted plans to develop a new container terminal on its land in Contrecoeur on Montreal's South Shore, a land reserve it acquired between 1988 and 1992.  The project submitted to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency marks a key milestone for the project.  When completed, the terminal will add 1.14 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) per year pushing Monteral's capacity to 2.1 million TEUs.  The plan is to create a new 675-metre platform with eight cranes and a container storage yard by 2023, but it is subject to federal government approval on two fronts: Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.  Western chorus frogs were last in the news in Quebec after the federal government halted a development project in La Prairie in 2016 with an emergency order to protect the frogs' habitat. Environment Canada lists the population of the Western chorus frog as "threatened," specifically in the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes areas. On top of the famous frog, the study also points to the Copper redhorse, a North American species of freshwater fish unique to Quebec. Fisheries and Oceans Canada considers the copper redhorse to be endangered — only a couple of hundred fish are thought to remain between Valleyfield and Sorel.

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