Sheila Pratt, Edmonton Journal, Feb 27 2014
EDMONTON - The berm around the Obed mine coal tailings pond that failed last fall had not been inspected by the province because it was not classified as a dam, a public forum at the University of Alberta was told Thursday.
John Harding, Editor, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Feb 27, 2014
If Roberta Stevenson sounds defensive, it may be appropriate to cut her some slack.
CBC News, Feb 26, 2014
Ministry concludes project likely to cause significant environmental damage, Taseko will reapply
It's back to the drawing board for round three for Taseko Mines, Ltd.
John Harding, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Feb 25, 2014
Ralph Shaw, Comox Valley Record, February 19, 2014
Baynes Sound is not a large place in terms of the Pacific Ocean; but it is a place of great natural riches. It will be subject to all the problems of climate change we associate with acidification, global warming, rising ocean levels to name just three growing challenges.
I felt personal shame and embarrassment that the 2014 federal government budget made no serious mention of the growing threat to the planet of climate change. As I write this column, southern England is being flooded, Australia is burning up, California in a drought, the southeast USA is experiencing history making winter storms.
Paul Rudan, Campbell River Mirror, Feb 13, 2014
Quinsam Coal has permanently laid off 36 workers due to weaker demand and lower prices for thermal coal.
“It’s certainly a very difficult decision and a very difficult time,” said Gary Gould, vice-president of Hillsborough Resources.
Eric Plummer, Alberni Valley Times, February 7, 2014
Southern Railway hopes to bring trains back the Alberni Valley if the Raven coal mine gets approval
Scott Stanfield, Comox Valley Record, Jan 30, 2014
The proponent of a proposed underground coal mine near Baynes Sound hopes to reapply for an environmental certificate by about the end of March.
EBRD joins World Bank and European Investment Bank in slashing funding for coal
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has approved a five-year strategy to limit financing coal projects and increase investment in clean technology and energy efficiency.
Eric Plummer, Alberni Valley Time, Jan 22 2014
Company behind the Raven coal mine estimates railway transport to Valley would cost $300 million
The proposed Raven coal mine would increase traffic through Cathedral Grove by three loaded trucks an hour, but bring 70 jobs to the Alberni Valley, says the mining company's vice-president.
Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, January 20, 2014
Coal dust can clog up gills and restrict the ability of fish to breath, biologist says
METRO VANCOUVER -- John Preissl can hardly believe his eyes. The Burnaby resident and amateur nature photographer walks the shoreline of Burnaby Lake pretty much every day and is disturbed to see that sediments and coal have created a small island at the mouth of Silver Creek where endangered western painted turtles are hibernating.
Mario Bartel, Burnaby NewsLeader, Jan 11, 2014
"Imagine if it was some other substance," said Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan after he visited the scene. "They're carrying substances that are toxic, they're carrying substances that are dangerous. We don't even know if those kinds of substances are moving through our city."
Ken Ward Jr., WV Gazette, Jan 10 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When West Virginia inspectors arrived at Freedom Industries late Thursday morning, they discovered that the company had taken "no spill containment measures" to combat the chemical spill that has put drinking water supplies off-limits for hundreds of thousands of residents.
John Harding, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Jan 9, 2014
The president of Compliance Energy says the company will re-submit its application for the Raven coal mine project by the end of March.
Oregon Public Broadcasting, Jan 7 2014
A multinational banking giant is backing away from a proposal to build the West Coast’s biggest coal export project near Bellingham, Washington.
New York-based Goldman Sachs has sold its stock back to the companies proposing to build the Gateway Pacific Terminal. If built it would transfer 48 million tons of Wyoming coal each year from trains to ocean-going vessels bound for Asia.
John Upton, Grist, Jan 8 2013
Goldman Sachs is looking a tad less evil. It has dumped its holdings in a shaky project that would build the Gateway Pacific Terminal near Bellingham, Wash., intended to be the West Coast’s biggest coal export terminal.
It’s not that the banking giant discovered a soul. Rather, it’s realizing that coal projects in the U.S. are a dumb gamble. Last year, the group’s commodity research team warned of “a sharp deceleration in seaborne demand” for coal in a paper titled “The window for thermal coal investment is closing.”
New Coalmont Courier, January 4 2014
A published list of 341 creditors owed a total of $73,935,635.64 shows that the coal mine is running a little behind in their bill payments.
Ten companies are owed over a million dollars, most noteworthy being HSBC Bank Canada with a $37 million claim. There are no locals on the list, but 14 companies in Princeton are owed a total of $344,651.30. In the greater picture that may look like loosing your change down the back of the sofa, but it is money the local economy can ill afford to lose.
Lise Broadley, Alberni Valley Times, December 23, 2013
As of Jan. 31 the Alberni Environmental Coalition will be closing its office doors.
The decision was made after it was denied funding though the Community Gaming Grants program.
Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press, Vancouver Sun, December 16, 2013
VICTORIA - A remote area of northwest British Columbia considered sacred by aboriginals and resource rich by mining companies has received a reprieve from potential coal-mining activities with a government order that puts new coal tenures on hold for one year.
John Snyder, President, CoalWatch Comox Valley Society, December 10 2013
With the end of 2013 fast approaching, I think it’s important to recognize events this past year which were significant to CoalWatch and others opposing the proposed Raven Coal Mine Project.
Sheila Pratt, Edmonton Journal, December 2, 2013
EDMONTON - On the last evening of October, a wall of water and sludge poured out of the Obed coal mine containment pond, uprooting trees and cutting down vegetation in a swath 20 metres wide on either side of the Apetowun trout stream.
The coal slurry rose over the creek banks, spreading contaminated sediment into the forest as far as 10 kilometres downstream on the creek, which eventually joins the Athabasca River. A layer of sediment about 50 centimetres thick lies under the snow in some places.
Comox Valley Echo, November 29, 2013
Back in 1983 at the public hearings for the Quinsam Coal mine in Campbell River, there was a lot of opposition: even the mayor and council were opposed. The provincial government gave the mine the green light anyway.
Update Dec 5 2013:
Ed Homer has posted the full video to his channel on YouTube.
Please click here to watch the 34 minute film.
Keith Gerein, Edmonton Journal, November 19, 2013
EDMONTON - Nearly three weeks after the Athabasca River system was hit with what is believed to be Canada’s largest ever coal slurry spill, the Alberta government has slapped the two companies involved with an environmental protection order.
Marty Klinkenberg, Edmonton Journal, November 15, 2013
EDMONTON - The coal mine pond that leaked into the Athabasca River on Oct. 31 contained a range of potentially damaging compounds, including a suspected carcinogen called phenathrene.
According to the National Pollution Release Inventory, a database kept by Environment Canada, the impoundment at Sherritt International’s Obed Mountain mine also contained arsenic, mercury, cadmium, lead and manganese.