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General Acid Mine Drainage Earthquakes
Environmental Assessments Groundwater & Watersheds Mining & Regulation
Port Raven Technical Reports Salmon, Fish, & Aquaculture
Toxics, Wastes & Health Transport CoalWatch Comox Valley Documents

General

Raven Coal Mine Jobs: Myths and Realities **NEW**
CoalWatch Comox Valley, Feb 25 2015

What is Wrong with the Raven Underground Coal Mine Environmental Assessment Process
Alice de Wolff, Mike Morrell, Patti Willis, May 5 2013

Open letter to the NDP about protecting watersheds
Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition, April 2013

Request to Vancouver Island Health Authority to issue a Drinking Water Hazard Prevention Order to address the risk to drinking water posed by the proposed Raven Underground Coal Project
CoalWatch Comox Valley Society and Environmental Law Centre at UVic, February 18 2013
(News release)

Job Projections - A Closer Look
Alice de Wolff & Associates, October 2012

Does the Comox Valley Need
the Raven Underground Coal Mine?

A socio-economic review of the costs and benefits to communities in
the Comox Valley of the proposed Raven Underground Coal Project
Joan Kuyek, DSW, for CoalWatch, April 2012

Mitigating Community Impacts of Mining Operations
Ethan Krindle with Alix Tolliday,
Environmental Law Centre at UVic, April 2012

Some Health Effects of Coal
CoalWatch Comox Valley, April 2012

Protecting Our Water
Comox Valley Water Watch, March 2012

Bearing the Heavy Burden of Coal Mining
Maya Stano, April 2011

The Raven Mine: A Regulatory & Fiscal Black Hole
Maya Stano, Environmental Law Centre, U. Victoria, Spring 2011

CoalWatch Comox Valley Leaflet & Handout
September 2010 & April 2011

Comox Coalfield Map
BC Ministry of Mines

What's Wrong with Coal
Arthur Caldicott, Watershed Sentinel, Jan-Feb 2010

Quinsam Coal's Watershed History
Quentin Dodd, Watershed Sentinel, Jan-Feb 2010

Cradle to Grave: The Environmental Impacts from Coal
Clean Air Task Force, Boston, June 2001

CBC's On The Island with host Gregor Craigie
Interview with John Tapics of Compliance Energy, 14 Sep 2009
Interview with Arthur Caldicott, 15 Sep 2009

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Acid Mine Drainage

- drainage flowing from or caused by surface mining, deep mining or coal refuse piles that is typically highly acidic with elevated levels of dissolved metals

Acid Mine Drainage
First Nations Environmental Health Innovation Network, 2008

Acid Mine Drainage - Mining and Water Issues in BC
Environmental Mining Council of BC
- informative, but the case studies are dated.

Interactions of Acidic Metal-Rich Coal Pile Runoff with a Subsoil
Michael A Anderson et al, Environmental Science & Technology, Vol 25, No 12, 1991

Negative impact of abandoned coal mine workings on drinking water quality and the health of residents on Vancouver Island
Click here for a less legible and larger version, which includes appendices
Karla Biagioni, 2006

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Earthquakes

- the potential hazard or damage from a seismic event is more highly correlated with the intensity of shaking which takes place at the surface, than it is to the magnitude of the earthquake at its epicentre. Surface shaking is measured as Modified Maxilli Intensity (MMI) and magnitude is measured on the better-known Richter scale.

Earthquakes Canada

Relative Hazard from Earthquakes in Southwest BC

100 year earthquake probability map of BC

5 year earthquake incident map of southwest BC

Probabilities Of Significant Earthquake Shaking In Communities Across British Columbia: Implications For Emergency Management
Tuna ONUR1, and Mark R. SEEMANN2, 2004

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Environmental Assessments

What is Wrong with the Raven Underground Coal Mine Environmental Assessment Process
Alice de Wolff, Mike Morrell, Patti Willis, May 5 2013

GS Solutions Comments on the Finalized AIR/EIS Guidelines
Dr. Gilles Wendling, GW Solutions, July 5, 2012

Application Information Requirements/Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines as approved by EAO for Raven Underground Coal Project dated June 2012

An Audit of the Environmental Assessment Office's Oversight of Certified Projects
John Doyle, Auditor General of BC, July 8, 2011.

CBC Almanac with John Doyle and Calvin Sandborn,, July 8, 2011

Forest Resources and the Toba Montrose Creek Hydroelectric Project
Forest Practices Board, June 2011

Comparison of the British Columbia and Federal Environmental Assessments for the Prosperity Mine
Mark Haddock, Northwest Institute, July 2011

Federal government to cut CEAA's budget from $30 million to $17 million
Amy Minsky, Vancouver Sun, July 20, 2011

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Groundwater and Watersheds

Open letter to the NDP about protecting watersheds
Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition, April 2013

Request to Vancouver Island Health Authority to issue a Drinking Water Hazard Prevention Order to address the risk to drinking water posed by the proposed Raven Underground Coal Project
CoalWatch Comox Valley Society and Environmental Law Centre at UVic, February 18 2013
(News release)

Protecting Our Water
Comox Valley Water Watch, March 2012

The Englishman River and its Aquifers
GW Solutions & MVIHES, Nov 2011
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
A set of four videos by Gilles Wendling and GW Solutions about a river and groundwater system about 50 km south of the Tsable River and Cowie Creek - site of the Raven mine

Living Water Smart: Water Act Modernization
A good introduction to groundwater and aquifers

Groundwater Vulnerability Assessments and Integrated Water Resource Management
Jessica E. Liggett, Sonia Talwar, Streamline, Vol13, No1, 2009

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Mining & Regulation


+ larger chart

Guide to Processing a Mine Project Application under the British Columbia Mines Act
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, 26 Nov 2009


+ larger chart

Undermining the Value of Clean Land and Water
MayaStano, February 2011

Getting the Coal, Down in the Hole:
a virtual underground tour

Gwyneth Cathyl-Bickford, P.Geo., Colliery Geologist, 2001

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Port

Coal dust dispersal around a marine coal terminal (1977–1999),
British Columbia: The fate of coal dust in the marine environment
Ryan Johnson, R.M. Bustin, Intl Journal of Coal Geology, 2005
Copyrighted article. For more information, please contact info@coalwatch.ca

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Raven Technical Reports

Technical Report on the Raven Underground Coal Project
(Feasibility Study)
Pincock, Allen & Holt, June 2011 (10 mb)

Technical Report on the Raven Underground Coal Project (Pre-Feasibility Study)
Pincock, Allen & Holt, October 2010 (18 mb)

Technical Report, Raven Coal Property
Pincock, Allen & Holt, June 2010

Preliminary Assessment of an Underground Mining Operation on Compliance Energy Corporation’s Raven Coal Deposit
Peter Cain, Alan Craven, Sept 2007

Technical Report: Raven Coal Property
O.R. Cullingham, June 2007

Technical Report on the Tsable River Coal Property
Stephen L. Gardner, July 2001

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Salmon, Fish, & Aquaculture

Aquaculture economics for BC and other Canadian provinces
(includes fish farms and mollusks), DFO

The Community Mapping Network

Map Guide from Project Watershed Society

Fisheries Information Summary System
Fisheries Information Data Queries (FIDQ),
Lake and Stream Individual Fish Data
BC Ministry of Environment

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Toxics, Wastes & Health

Some Health Effects of Coal
CoalWatch Comox Valley, April 2012

Ecological Integrity of Streams Related to Human Cancer Mortality Rates
Nathaniel P. Hitt and Martin Hendryx, EcoHealth, June 2010

Negative impact of abandoned coal mine workings on drinking water quality and the health of residents on Vancouver Island
Click here for the less legible and much larger version, which includes appendices
Karla Biagioni, 2006

Two Million Tonnes a Day: A Mine Waste Primer
MiningWatch Canada, 2009

- fact sheets from the First Nations Environmental Health Innovation Network, the Center for Science in Public Participation, and other sources, 2008, all available on www.landkeepers.ca

Acid Mine Drainage | Arsenic | Bioaccumulation of Contaminants | Cadmium | Copper | Trace Elements in Mining Waste | Lead | Mercury in Fish | Selenium

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Transport

Characterization of Particulate Matter (PM10) in Roda, Virginia
Viney P. Aneja, North Carolina State University, 2009

Coal Dust Frequently Asked Questions
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway

Exporting Powder River Basin Coal: Risks and Costs
Western Organization of Resource Councils, January 2011

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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.

Baynes Sound Opinion Survey

Linda D'Anna, VIU, September 2013

Researchers at ICR have been exploring how the benefits that accrue to the existing aquaculture industry as a whole translate into socio-cultural and economic benefits for Canada’s coastal communities, and how the environmental, economic, and social costs of the industry are distributed in those communities. Within this broad research interest, we’ve focused on the shellfish aquaculture industry and communities of Baynes Sound on the east coast of Vancouver Island. A new report describes the research interests, methods, and findings of a recent public opinion survey we conducted in the region.  

Baynes Sound Opinion Survey on Shellfish Aquaculture Report 20130927

A Critique of the Environmental Review of the Raven Mine

What is Wrong with the Raven Underground Coal Mine Environmental Assessment Process

by Alice de Wolff, Mike Morrell, Patti Willis, 05May2013

Click here to download the PDF

 

Open letter to the NDP about protecting watersheds

Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition, April 30 2013

TO THE NDP AND THOSE WHO CAN AFFECT CHANGE

I am writing on behalf of the Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition (VIWWC), a group comprised of Community Coalitions from Victoria to Courtenay and including Port Alberni. Please refer to our website at www.vancouverislandwaterwatchcoalition.ca to view the groups involved.

The goal of VIWWC is to inform citizens of the dangers of privatizing water and the watersheds that sustain our Island communities and to monitor development within our communities, plus challenge the misconceptions around the quantity and quality of water on our Island. VIWWC believes that a well-informed public has the capacity to make the right choices for themselves, the communities they live in and the generations who will follow. Fresh water is a finite and declining resource, water equates to life, and without it our planet will perish.

Click here to download the complete letter.

CoalWatch report takes a closer look at Raven Coal Mine job projections

Media Release, CoalWatch, November 5 2012

CoalWatch Comox Valley released today a report entitled “Raven Underground Mine Job Projections - A Closer Look.” The report was prepared by Comox Valley’s Alice de Wolff and Associates. The purpose of the report is to contribute to the assessment of the economic impact on the Comox Valley of Compliance Energy Corporations (CEC) proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine Project.

Analysis of the Raven Coal Mine

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, UBC, June 2012

Executive Summary

This report provides an analysis of key environmental, economic and public health effects of the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine development near the Cowie Creek water shed in Fanny Bay, British Columbia. It discusses possible mitigation, treatment and remediation options in relation to the leachate that may be generated from the vast quantities of reject piles that will be stored on surface, during and after the mining operation.

Click here to download the complete report.

Application Information Requirements/Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines

Application Information Requirements/Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines as approved by EAO for Raven Underground Coal Project dated June 2012

Raven Underground Coal Project at the BC EAO

Comments by CoalWatch: The applicant, Compliance Coal Corp. dba Comox Joint Venture, must now complete the Application and the Environmental Impact Statement in compliance with these information requirements and EIS guidelines.

When the Application & EIS are submitted to the EAO, the EAO in consultation with the Working Group have 30 days to review the documents and either return them to the applicant for revision, or accept them for publication.

Once the Application & EIS are accepted by the EAO, the legislated 180 day review period begins. One of the earliest events in the 180 review schedule is a 50 day public comment period.

In Compliance Energy's news release on June 7, CEO John Tapics is quoted as saying that, "Submission of these Applications is expected before year end.”

Raven Draft AIR - Selected Submissions

CoalWatch Comox Valley | Alberni Environmental Coalition
Groups & Organizations | Businesses | First Nations
Local Government & Representatives | Technical Submissions

 

CoalWatch Comox Valley

CoalWatch & AEC, Joan Kuyek, Socio-Economics, 03Jun2011

CoalWatch, Devlin Gailus, 24Jun2011

CoalWatch, Technical Experts Group, 27Jun2011

CoalWatch & 27 Other Organizations, 27Jun2011

 

Alberni Environmental Coalition

Alberni Environmental Coalition, Additional Items, 27Jun2011

Alberni Environmental Coalilition, Comments, 23Jun2011

Alberni Environmental Coalition, Air Quality, 21Jun2011

Alberni Environmental Coalition, Sustainability, 17Jun2011

CoalWatch & AEC, Joan Kuyek, Socio-Economics, 03Jun2011

CoalWatch & 27 Other Organizations, 27Jun2011

 

Groups and Organizations

Beachcombers Education Society, 26Jun2011

BC Shellfish Growers Assn, 25Jun2011

Citizens Stewardship Coalition, Port Alberni, Maggie Paquet, 25Jun2011

CoalWatch & AEC, Joan Kuyek, Socio-Economics, 03Jun2011

CoalWatch & 27 Other Organizations, 27Jun2011

Comox Town Residents Association, 15Jun2011

Comox Town Residents Association, 30May2011

Comox Valley Conservation Strategy, 02Jun2011

Comox Valley Environmental Council, 27Jun2011

Comox Valley Water Watch Coalition, 27Jun2011 - Attachments 1, 2

Council of Canadians, Campbell River, 26Jun2011

Council of Canadians, Comox Valley, 14Jun2011

Council of Canadians, Comox Valley, 26May2011

Council of Canadians, Victoria, 2011

Denman Island Residents Assn, 14Jun2011

Fanny Bay Salmonid Enhancement Society, 27Jun2011

Friends of Clayoquot Sound, 27Jun2011

Georgia Strait Alliance, 27Jun2011

Green Party, Comox Valley, 27Jun2011

Green Party, Nanaimo, 26Jun2011

Gulf Islands Alliance, 27Jun2011

Interfaith Statement from Hope Lutheran Church, Nanaimo, 12May2011

Heron Rocks Friendship Centre Society, 27Jun2011

Hornby Island Conservancy, 20Jun2011

Hornby Island Conservancy, 15Jun2011

Hornby Water Stewardship Project & Heron Rocks Friendship Centre Society, 27Jun2011

Kairos Nanaimo, 31May2011

Mid-Island Sustainability & Stewardship Initiative, 27Jun2011 - Attachment

Mt. Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve, 27Jun2011

Nile Creek Enhancement Society, 15Jun2011

OPIRG, Peterborough, 23Jun2011

Project Watershed, 2011

Project Watershed, Estuary Working Group, 25Jun2011

Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers, 27Jun2011

Salt Spring Island Climate Action Council, 09Jun2011

Sierra Club of BC, 27Jun2011

Sierra Club Comox Valley, 23Jun2011

Ships Point Improvement District, 21Jun2011

Tofino - Long Beach Chambero of Commerce, 27Jun2011

Tsolum River Restoration Society, 2011

Unitarian Church, Victoria, 2011.pdf

Unitarian Fellowship, Comox Valley, 24Jun2011

University of Victoria Student Society, 16Jun2011

University of Victoria Sustainability Project, 27Jun2011

Wilderness Committee, 27Jun2011

Women's Food and Water Initiative, Port Alberni, 08Jun2011

World Community Development Education Society, 27Jun2011

 

Businesses

BC Shellfish Growers Assn, 25Jun2011

Ecotourism Operators, Tofino, 27Jun2011

 

First Nations

Te'mexw Treaty Association, 27Jun2011

 

Local Government & Elected Representatives

City of Port Alberni, Ken McRae, 26May2011

Islands Trust Council, Sheila Malcolmson, 27Jun2011

Rob Fleming, NDP Environment Critic, 27Jun2011

Scott Fraser, MLA, Alberni - Pacific Rim, 23Jun2011

 

Technical Submissions

Sheila Clarson, Public Health, 25Jun2011

Andrew Fyson, 26Jun2011 - Submission 1 2 3 4

David Hughes, 26Jun2011

Joan Kuyek, Socio-Economics, 03Jun2011

Art Martell, Birds, 08Jun2011

Robert McDonald, Jun2011

Mike Morrell, 26Jun2011

Jack Morris, 27Jun2011

Maya Stano, 27Jun2011

Herbert Sullivan, 20Jun2011

Gilles Wendling, Groundwater, May2011

Wayne White, ARD & Effluent, June2011

 

CoalWatch Comox Valley Documents

Raven Coal Mine Jobs: Myths and Realities
CoalWatch Comox Valley, Feb 25 2015

Does the Comox Valley Need
the Raven Underground Coal Mine?

A socio-economic review of the costs and benefits to communities in
the Comox Valley of the proposed Raven Underground Coal Project
Joan Kuyek, DSW, for CoalWatch, April 2012
Media Release, CoalWatch, April 25 2012

Some Health Effects of Coal
CoalWatch Comox Valley, April 2012

 

Letter to Federal Minister of Environment and CEAA regarding Posting of Comments to CEAA's Public Registry
Devlin Gailus & Environmental Law Centre on behalf of CoalWatch, September 2, 2010
Media Release, CoalWatch, September 2, 2010

Submission to CEAA regarding Project Scope and Scope of the Assessment
Devlin Gailus on behalf of CoalWatch, September 13, 2010

Submission to Federal and Provincial Ministers of Environment and CEAA regarding the Environmental Assessment of the Raven Project
Devlin Gailus & Environmental Law Centre on behalf of CoalWatch, August 17, 2010
Media Backgrounder to the Submission

Environmental Assessments

The Raven Underground Coal Project is the subject of both a provincial and federal environmental assessment (EA). Where feasible, and in the interests efficiency, the two processes are being "harmonized".

Statements from local government and other organizations

Expressions of opposition to or concern about the proposed Raven Underground Coal project have been declared by local governments and other industries and interest groups.

Local governments

Town of Comox, June 16, 2010

Comox Valley Regional District, April 27, 2010

City of Courtenay, May 10, 2010

Village of Cumberland, July 12, 2010

Denman Island Residents Association, May 10, 2010

Islands Trust, March 24, 2010

Non-governmental organizations

Comox Valley Conservation Strategy Community Partnership, May 14, 2010

BC Shellfish Growers Association, March 11, 2010

Quinsam Mine

CBC's On the Island interviews Richard Hamilton of Campbell River's Greenways Trust about the Cullen report and acid drainage from the Quinsam operation. 27 April 2010.

Environmental Investigation of the Quinsam Watershed

Prepared by the Environmental Sciences Group, Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario and the University of British Columbia, for the Canadian Water Network.

Published April 2010

Dr. William R. Cullen of the University of British Columbia led the project, and in the field work, analysis and report creation was assisted by Vivian W.-M. Lai.

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