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Raven Coal Mine Jobs: Myths and Realities

CoalWatch Comox Valley, February 2015

Myth 1: Investment in coal mining is an investment in jobs

Reality: Coal mining ranks lower than many other industries for numbers of jobs created.

It creates fewer jobs than, for instance, sustainable forestry, agriculture, infrastructure construction, and solar & wind energy production. “State of the art” coal mining technologies lead to even fewer jobs and are no guarantee of environmental or workplace safety.

Coal applications cover vast area of Comox Valley

Scott Stanfield, Comox Valley Record, February 23 2015

Coal licence applications and existing coal tenures in the Valley comprise about a third of the regional district's total land area, according to research conducted by CoalWatch Comox Valley.

Professional Reliance and Environmental Regulation in British Columbia

Report, Environmental Law Centre, UVic, February 9 2015

Victoria, BC - Over the last decade the BC government embarked on a major law reform initiative to reduce the “regulatory burden” on industry. They reduced the size of the civil service and its role in resource management governance, which increased our dependence upon professionals employed by industry proponents to meet the public interest in natural resource management and environmental protection. This new report, prepared by Mark Haddock and supported with funding from the Law Foundation of BC, evaluates this regulatory approach, identifies issues and makes recommendations for improvement.

Click here to read the report.

Local committee critical of Raven coal mine application

Eric Plummer, Alberni Valley Times, February 19, 2015

A committee assembled to evaluate the Raven coal mine's current application to provincial regulators gave a scathing report on the proposed project to city council on Tuesday.

Raven Coal figures ‘inflated’: Armstrong

Katya Slepian, Alberni Valley News, Feb 19, 2015

Compliance Coal’s Raven Underground Coal Mine application presents neither a solid business case nor does it properly portray environmental risks posed to the Alberni Valley, said Jane Armstrong, member of the city’s select committee set up to provide input on the latest Raven Coal environmental review process.

Increase in shellfish deaths causes 'full-scale panic' for B.C. industry

Glenda Luymes, The Province, February 17 2015

Despite insatiable demand, many are concerned B.C.’s once-thriving shellfish industry could be sinking.

In B.C.’s 19th century coal mining epicentre, residents push hard against plans for a new coal mine

Tristin Hopper, National  Post, February 13, 2015

Cumberland, B.C., was built on coal — literally.

Built in the 1890s atop one of the richest coalfields in coastal British Columbia, the ground below the village’s downtown is criss-crossed with hundreds of now-flooded mining tunnels.

Coalwatch Research Exposes Large Area of Coal Interest in the Comox Valley

News Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley, February 12 2015

Recent research done by the CoalWatch Comox Valley Society has revealed that current coal license applications and existing coal tenures in the Comox Valley equal a staggering 33.6% of the total land area in the Comox Valley Regional District.

The consequences of coal run as deep as the mines themselves

Sharon Small, Comox Valley Record, February 11 2015

Dear editor,

A staggering 33.6 per cent of the Comox Valley is currently covered by coal licence applications and existing coal tenures. Owners, like Compliance Energy, are poised to profit from Premier Clark’s coal mine and coal port expansion program that is pitched to create jobs and economic enhancement.

Don't hurry Raven approval

Editorial, Times Colonist, February 11 2015

The proposed Raven Coal Mine near Fanny Bay faces an uphill battle. That’s the way it should be. The developers must prove that economic benefits outweigh environmental risks, and the provincial government must put the protection of B.C. and its people ahead of short-term profits.

Raven mine application submitted for assessment by environmental office

Eric Plummer, Alberni Valley Times, February 4, 2015

A provincial regulator's assessment of a mine that could bring three truckloads of coal to Port Alberni each hour is underway.

Public input on the Raven Underground Coal Project is expected to begin in March if the application proceeds.

Mike Ruttan worries about Raven Coal Mine's impact on Port Alberni

CBC On The Island, February 4 2015

The Compliance Coal Corporation put in a new application for the Raven Coal Mine in the Comox Valley. Mike Ruttan is the mayor of Port Alberni, one of the communities that will be affected by the mine.

On The Island host Gregor Craigie talks with Mayor Ruttan about the impacts that the proposed mine will have on Port Alberni, its roads, harbour, air and residents.

Mayor Ruttan on the purported economic benefits to Port Alberni: "The ship ... would only come in once every two weeks. ... In terms of economic impact on balance it potentially would cost us more ... than we would ever make." 4:30

Early take: "There doesn't seem to be much to recommend the project to city residents." 6:30

Click here to listen to the discussion.

Raven mine review committee members

Alberni Valley Times, February 4, 2015

Note: In November 2014, Port Alberni residents, Maggie Paquet and Jane Armstrong argued that the Port Alberni council should establish an ad hoc committee to be made up of volunteer experts to advise city council and city manager Ken Watson during the 30-day screening of the application for an environmental assessment of the proposed Raven Underground Coal Project.

Council agreed, and this news item lists the members of that ad hoc committee.

Company renews effort to open Raven Coal Mine on Island

Lindsay Kines, Times Colonist, Feb 4 2015

A Vancouver company is once again seeking government approval for a coal mine near Buckley Bay, much to the dismay of environmental groups and shellfish growers in Baynes Sound.

Raven re-submits application for coal mine near Buckley Bay

John Harding, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Feb 3, 2015

Compliance Energy has re-submitted its application for a coal mine less than 50 kilometres from downtown Qualicum Beach.

CoalWatch Prepares for Next Phase of Raven Coal Review

Media Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley, February 2, 2015

CoalWatch Comox Valley Society has learned the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) has received the latest Application for Environmental Certificate and Environmental Impact Statement (Application/EIS) from Compliance Coal Corporation for the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine Project near Fanny Bay, BC.

Proposed Murray River mine to rely primarily on foreign workers

Wendy Stueck, Globe and Mail, Jan. 09 2015

VANCOUVER — If the proposed Murray River coal project goes ahead, more than half of its employees would be temporary foreign workers in 2018 – potentially the first year of operation – and it would take nearly a decade for all the hourly jobs at the project to be filled by Canadians.

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