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Wed January 26, 2011
Canadian environmental group fights new border crossing
A Canadian environmental group says studies supporting the proposed Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC) are flawed.
DRIC supporters on both sides of the border say a new crossing will create jobs and bolster international trade.
The Canadian and Ontario governments strongly support the project, and Governor Snyder recently voiced his approval too.
But a Sierra Club of Ontario report says the traffic projections DRIC supporters cite are flawed. They say cross-border traffic has declined for 12 years, and shows no sign of rebounding anytime soon.
Sierra Club director Dan McDermott says the DRIC would be a costly boondoggle.
“There is simply no demand for DRIC. No cross-border traffic demand that justifies five-plus billions of dollars.”
McDermott says he hopes the report will bolster its cases against the DRIC in Canadian courts. Those lawsuits challenge the project’s environmental permits.