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Cougar Creek Railroad Twinning Project

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To Canada's Minister of Environment, The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq:
Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railroad are proposing to build a siding track in North Delta to handle an expected increase in coal trains bound for the proposed coal port at Fraser Surrey Docks.
But, in the current phase of the project, "North Colebrook siding", the tracks would increase with a total of730 trains, over 4 million pounds of coal dust annually, it would suffocate the juvenile salmon that are currently resting only 3 metres away from the track.
There are over 15 redds(shallow salmon nests), and the deposition of dust, particulate and heavy metals that accumulate will definitely be the demise of Cougar Creek being a living salmon stream.
Students throughout North Delta have worked hard to improve water quality in Cougar Creek, by planting and maintaining numerous rain gardens at schools and other community locations. We are all very concerned that all the hard work we put in and the gains we made will be destroyed by diesel particulate, coal dust, and heavy metals entering Cougar Creek by the 4 coal trains per day.
We, the undersigned students of North Delta, urge you to require an environmental review of the Burlington & Santa Fe "North Colebrook Siding" project in North Delta, to insure that Cougar Creek and its salmon are protected from the pollution and potential coal spills.

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