Creosote Pile Removal and Disposal - Extension PER No. 19-022-01

The Proposed Project Amendment 

Tsleil-Waututh Nation on behalf of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Environmental Programs proposes to remove abandoned creosote piles, dock debris and a derelict crane along Indian Arm. The Project consists of removing 159 piles, 3 docks, 1 crane and other debris fragments at various locations in Indian River Estuary, Iron Bay, Buntzen Bay, Farrer Cove, and Granite Falls. Works will be completed by spud barge and piles will be removed by vibratory hammer and chain. Piles in Indian River Estuary and Buntzen Bay will be removed at high tide to prevent barge grounding. Some piles in Indian River Estuary may be cut at mudline at low tide, due to the deteriorated natures of the piles. Removed creosote piles and other collected debris will be transported by barge and disposed of at an appropriate waste facility. 

The Project was approved prior to the coming into force of the Impact Assessment Act and was not previously posted on the registry. The permit is currently valid until March 31, 2021. Due to COVID-19, equipment and operator time were not available to complete the project prior to permit expiry. An extension until February 28, 2022 is being requested. Work would take place during the least risk window for fish and fish habitat, between August 16, 2021 and February 28, 2022.   


Latest update

Notice of Determination 

Indian Arm, B.C. – February 9, 2021 – The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has determined that the proposed Creosote Pile Removal and Disposal – Extension PER No. 19-022-01 located at Indian Arm is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.



Project and Environmental Review
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3T4

  • Location

    • Creosote Pile Removal and Disposal - Extension PER No. 19-022-01 (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Ports and Harbours
    • Remediation and conservation
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Port Authority Environmental Programs
  • Authorities

    • Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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