Following the initial Environmental Evaluation in 1972, referred to in the report “An Environmental Assessment of Nanaimo Port Alternatives” the Duke Point site was selected for the development of a deep sea shipping facility as well as an Industrial Park, including sawmill site. This was acceptable to virtually all agencies as it locates development outside the sensitive Nanaimo Estuary. In October 1977 the British Columbia Development Corporation (BCDC) presented a more specific proposal to develop an Industrial Park including three deep see berths, sawmill sites(s), possibly a thermo-mechanical pulp mill, a light industrial park and a tank farm. This proposal was reviewed by a Department of Fisheries and Environment Task Force. As the BCDC proposal broadly conformed to the recommendations of 1972 study, the proposal was generally accepted, but the log storage proposals were rejected, and the BCDC was advised of this decision in January 1978.
Fisheries and Oceans. 1980. Nanaimo Estuary Fish Habitat & Log Management Task Force: Summary Report. Fisheries and Oceans
Topic: Fish and Fish Habitats
Keywords: Nanaimo River, estuary, fish, habitat, log management, log transportation, log booms, log storage, estuarine fisheries, industrial development
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