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Coalwatch sounds alarm over new company in Vancouver Island coal rush
US judge rejects mine
How Safe Is Your Water?
Hillsborough wants to start drilling
Compliance Energy continues record losses - 1Q-2014
Government issues Anderson Lake tenure
The CVRD requested this licence NOT be issued.
25 more laid off at Quinsam Mine
Our Water - Our Future 2014
CEC posts record losses

Metallurgical Coal at 6-Year Low as Chinese Demand Slows

Tim Loh, Bloomberg News, Sep 25, 2014

The quarterly benchmark price for metallurgical coal dropped to a six-year low, according to Doyle Trading Consultants LLC, amid a slowdown in Chinese demand for the steelmaking ingredient.

CFAX 1070: John Snyder discusses the newest coal applications

John Snyder, CFAX 1070 with host Ian Jessop, August 18 2014

John Snyder, President of the CoalWatch Comox Valley Society discusses the newest applications for coal tenures by Skyland Resources Group Inc., in both the Comox Valley and the Nanaimo area.

John's segment begins at 33:15 and runs to 42:10.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

3rd Annual Croquet Not Coal Tournament - Denman Island - Sat, August 30

Croquet not Coal Fun Tournament – Please join us!
Time: Friday, August 30, from 1 to 4pm
Place: Denman Community School playing fields
To Register: call Wendy or Ken at 250-335-1765
or email

Richmond company goes after 10 local coal licences

Drew A. Penner, Comox Valley Echo, August 14, 2014

A brand new company from Richmond is trying to stake its claim on 10 different sections of mineral-rich Comox Valley land, but some observers say the company will face an uphill battle if they want to bring coal to market. Not long after incorporating in April, Skyland Resources Group submitted 17 coal licence applications for Vancouver Island mineral rights June 25 and 26, including two in the Anderson Lake area and eight between Union Bay and Deep Bay.

Let us be warned

Editorial, Comox Valley Record, August 11 2014

The recent Mount Polley Mining tailing pond breach in Likely, B.C. should serve as a warning to all of us on Vancouver Island, none more so than those in charge of granting mining licences.

Coalwatch sounds alarm over new player in Vancouver Island coal rush

News Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley Society, Aug 11 2014

In the past week, CoalWatch Comox Valley Society has uncovered 17 new coal license applications that have been filed for tenures in the Comox Valley area and Nanaimo area. These coal license applications were filed with the Ministry of Energy and Mines, on June 25, 2014 and June 26, 2014 by Skyland Resources Group Inc. of Richmond, BC.

Mount Polley mine tailings pond breach: full water ban in place

CBC News, Aug 4 2014

Campers told to evacuate area after release of five million cubic metres of mine talings pond effluent

A complete water ban affecting about 300 local residents is in effect after five million cubic metres of tailings pond effluent from the Mount Polley copper and gold mine was released early Monday into Hazeltine Creek.

Search and rescue crews evacuated campers in the immediate area. But shelters have not been provided for them, as they appear to have set up camp elsewhere without any problems, said Cariboo Regional District Chair Al Richmond.

Coal mine still in the works

Candace Wu, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Jul 22, 2014

Compliance Energy CEO Steve Ellis vowed to re-submit an application for a coal mining operation 50 km north of Qualicum Beach.

Compliance Energy CEO Steve Ellis vowed to re-submit an application for a coal mining operation 50 km north of Qualicum Beach by the end of this year — but some critics take his word with a grain of salt.

“We hope to get it (the application) in before the end of the year,” Ellis told The NEWS Friday.

CoalWatch at Fanny Bay Days, July 2014

Maggie Paquet and Jim Burgess of CoalWatch answer questions at the CoalWatch information booth at the Fanny Bay Days event in Fanny Bay, BC on July 20, 2014. The event took place at the Fanny Bay Community Hall in Fanny Bay.  (Photo courtesy John Snyder)

Coal Mine's Rejection on Global-Warming Grounds Has Major Implications

John H. Cushman Jr., InsideClimate News, Jul 1, 2014

If the judge's reasoning holds up in other cases it could undermine the rationales for much bigger projects, such as the Keystone XL pipeline.

A federal judge has blocked a coal project in the wilds of Colorado because federal agencies failed to consider the future global-warming damages from burning fossil fuels.

U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Johnson's decision halts exploration proposed by Arch Coal that would have bulldozed six miles of roads on 1,700 untrammeled acres of public land.

CVRD votes against Oyster River coal licenses

John Snyder, Tide Change Comox Valley, June 29 2014

Not long after Hillsborough Resources was issued several new coal licenses in the Woodhus Creek/Oyster River area, they’ve recently submitted a notice of exploration work in the area, to the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM).

CVRD asks provincial government to rescind coal licences and permit no exploration work in Woodhus Creek/Oyster river area

Edwin Grieve, Chair, Comox Valley Regional District, June 26 2014

In a letter to Ed Taje, Senior Inspector of Mines, Permitting and Health and Safety, with the Ministry of Energy and Mines,the CVRD through Mr. Grieve requested that "no coal license be issued (rescinded) and that no notice of work for exploratory drilling be issued."

Coal drilling proposal makes residents nervous

Paul Rudan, Campbell River Mirror, June 14 2014

Hillsborough Resources wants to look for more coal and that’s causing concern for some residents living along the Oyster River watershed.

Concerns grow over test drilling for coal at Oyster River

Philip Round, Comox Valley Echo, June 13 2014

Exploratory drilling to assess the prospects for a coal mine in the Oyster River/Woodhus Creek watershed is expected to start shortly.

Hillsborough Resources applies for drilling permits on the Oyster River

CoalWatch News, June 10, 2014

In January of 2014, the Ministry of Energy and Mines awarded coal tenure to Hillsborough Resources for 2287 hectares in two claims on Woodhus Creek and the Oyster River. This was despite a request from the Comox Valley Regional District that the tenures not be approved. The claims are immediately to the southeast of Hillsborough's Quinsam Mine.

BC Conference of the United Church asks Port Metro Vancouver to reject US coal exports

News Release, BC Conference of the United Church of Canada, June 2 2014

British Columbia Conference of the United Church of Canada asks Port Metro Vancouver to reject US coal exports

--- province wide motion calls on Port Authority to reject application from Fraser Surrey Docks to export US thermal coal

Compliance Energy completes $380,000 financing

News Release, Compliance Energy Corp. May 30 1014

Vancouver, B.C., May 30, 2014 - Compliance Energy Corporation (the “Company” or “Compliance”) is pleased to announce that it has completed the non-brokered private placement (the “Private Placement”) of common shares announced on May 5, 2014. The Company has issued 15.2 million common shares (the “Shares”) at a purchase price of $0.025 per share for gross proceeds of $380,000. The Company has paid a $38,000 cash finder’s fee in connection with the Private Placement.

Compliance Energy continues record losses

CoalWatch News, May 30, 2014

Compliance Energy Corp. posted its financial statements today for the first quarter of 2014, reporting continuing record losses and an even worse financial situation for the company than it reported in April for its fiscal year end of December 31, 2013.

What now, Compliance?

John Snyder, Tide Change Comox Valley, May 18 2014

Now that the issuance of the coal license in the Anderson Lake area to Compliance Coal has come to light, including the fact that part of the tenure is in the sensitive Tsolum River watershed, the comments from Compliance are most interesting.

Regional District monitors pair of coal company acquisitions

Drew A. Penner, Comox Valley Echo, May 16 2014

Comox Valley Regional District staff are monitoring a couple of recent property deals by coal companies in the area, as protesters maintain a vocal opposition to turning Eastern Vancouver Island into a fuelling station for Asian development.

Alana Mullaly, manager of planning services for the Comox Valley Regional District and Kent Leontowich, rural planner, said while mining operations aren't exactly around the corner, there are a lot of unknowns that make local officials uneasy, during the committee of the whole meeting May 13.

VTACC issues notice of legal challenge of Texada Island coal export permit approval

News Release, Voters Taking Action on Climate Change, May 15 2014

Challenge will argue use of Mines Act to issue coal port permit illegal, process unfair

No plans for Compliance to act on granted licence

Scott Stanfield, Comox Valley Record, May 15 2014

The provincial gov-ernment has granted a licence to Compliance Energy Corp. for a tenure near Anderson Lake, but the company says it has no intention of exploring the 1,448 hectares north of Comox Lake.

CoalWatch stunned as new licence granted to Compliance

Michael Briones, Comox Valley Echo, May 13, 2014

News that Compliance Coal Corporation was granted a license for a coal tenure in the Anderson Lake area on Mount Washington was a bit of a shocker for a local watchdog, which has been opposing any coal mine development in the region.

CoalWatch Comox Valley Society president John Snyder stumbled upon the news by accident while doing some research on the internet.

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