Originally Posted by Feathered Friend
I attended one of the small group discussions for the proposed Centerm Expansion yesterday.
Unfortunately, I have to say attendance for both this small discussion and a larger open house were underwhelming. The Open House at SFU was virtually unattended by members of the public. The small form discussion did have a good turn out, but consisted of individuals who seemed to come in with set agenda's unrelated to the project. Those who hate the rail companies, who want port operations moved to the valley with the current facility serving as an unloading facility only, and even one person who advocated that the port should be shut down because globalization is bad.
That is the standard thing to happen with open houses. Unless you have property directly impacted, and thus have a reason to be there, the most typical open house will be people pushing a NIMBY agenda, even if they are not impacted.
In the long term, the terminals may eventually have to be moved, or rebuilt since changes in sea level will eventually make old terminals too dangerous to be used. However short of a tsunami wrecking everything, the terminals are going to stay.
However most climate change models regarding sea level don't apply to the Pacific coast the same way they do to the Gulf coast or Atlantic coast. The Atlantic coast is literately sinking. The Pacific coast is rising, and until the megathrust earthquake we are overdue for happens, there won't be any sudden rapid changes in sea level.
The worst case scenario is that all the ice melts on earth and places like the ports and Richmond end up 50 meters under water. That is not going to be a high-speed event.