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Water advisory issued after small spill Thursday at Princeton mine

Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, December 11, 2014

Tailings pipe rupture at mill site not detected for about 20 minutes, CEO says

Interior Health will issue a do-not-use water advisory for Wolfe Creek as a precautionary measure following a small tailings spill Wednesday evening at Copper Mountain mine near Princeton, the mines ministry said Thursday.

The water advisory is for Wolfe Creek immediately downstream from Copper Mountain mine to the mouth of the Similkameen River. Copper Mountain staff have installed silt curtains in the creek to help prevent tailings flowing farther down the creek, said the ministry.

Déjà vu – again? Another omnibus budget bill, more federal environmental law rollbacks

Andrew Gage and Anna Johnston, West Coast Environmental Law, December 10, 2014

John Snyder talks with Gregor Craigie of CBC's On the Island

CBC, On the Island, November 14, 2014

Host Gregor Craigie speaks with John Snyder, President of CoalWatch about the resubmitted application for the Raven Underground Coal Project.

Click here to listen to the discussion.

City needs to step up over coal port: delegation

Katya Slepian, Alberni Valley News, Nov 13, 2014

The City of Port Alberni has taken a proactive step with regard to the re-application by Compliance Coal’s Raven coal project.

Raven Mine Application/EIS screening likely to commence within days

Information Notice, CoalWatch Comox Valley, October 27, 2014

The BC EAO has indicated Compliance Coal is now in the process of distributing it’s revised Application/EIS to the Working Group members. Once the Working Group members have received the revised Application/EIS, and the EAO has received the Application/EIS as well, the screening/evaluation commences to see if the Application/EIS contains all of the required information.

Teck Resources water-treatment plant shut after dead fish found

Mark Hume, The Globe and Mail, Oct. 28 2014

VANCOUVER — A $100-million treatment plant that is a key piece of Teck Resources Ltd.’s plan to address a selenium pollution problem in British Columbia’s Elk Valley has been taken off line because of a fish kill.

EDITORIAL: Will Raven get off the ground?

John Harding, Editor, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Oct 21, 2014

We did not think it was going to happen. And it still may not.

Gov't expecting to receive new application for Raven coal mine in the next few weeks

Candace Wu, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Oct 21, 2014

Stephen Ellis said he's "confident" his company will re-submit another application by the end of 2014 to open a coal mine.

Ellis is the CEO of Compliance Energy, a company looking to open Raven Coal mine near Buckley Bay, less than 50 kilometres from downtown Qualicum Beach.

Elk Valley watershed: Why has this unfolding disaster been ignored?

Mark Hume, The Globe and Mail, Oct 19 2014

VANCOUVER — Few people know more about selenium poisoning than Dennis Lemly and that’s why Environment Canada turned to him to assess federal research in British Columbia’s Elk Valley watershed.

The research associate professor at Wake Forest University in North Carolina has written an expert report that reviews the data being collected by the federal government in an investigation into pollution from coal mines.

Coal mine prepares for regulator

Eric Plummer,  Alberni Valley Times, October 17, 2014

A proposed Comox Valley coal mine is preparing another application to provincial regulators - a development that, if approved, would truck one million tonnes of coal to Port Alberni each year for shipment overseas.

Comox Valley activist Gwyn Frayne passes away

Council of Canadians, October 17, 2014

The Council of Canadians is mourning the passing of Comox Valley chapter activist Gwyn Frayne.

Raven Mine Application nearly ready for regulators

Information Notice, CoalWatch Comox Valley, October 15 2014

On October 10, 2014, the BC Environmental Assessment Office ( BC EAO) sent out a memo to the Working Group on the Raven Coal Mine Project, that Compliance Coal Corp. intends to resubmit its Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate ( Application) for the proposed Raven Coal Mine Project in the next few weeks.

Teck Resources sinks on Chinese coal tariffs

Reuters, Financial Post, Oct 9 2014

Shares of Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources Ltd dropped to a five-year low on Thursday after China, the world’s top coal importer, said it will levy tariffs of 3 percent to 6 percent on imports of coal as of Oct. 15.

See also: China's Coal Tariff Prolongs the Pain

China’s Coal Tariff Prolongs the Pain

Abheek Bhattacharya, Wall Street Journal, Oct 10 2014

China made a splash last year saying it wants more market pricing for natural resources. Yet it is now intervening in the coal market to drive up the price. It’s an old-school move that should have coal investors wincing.

The world’s top coal importer sent shock waves when it announced tariffs on imported coal of up to 6% Thursday. Shares of Australia’s Whitehaven Coal WHC.AU -8.81% fell on the prospect it will likely have to cut its prices to stay competitive in China, or lose customers. Those who mine out of Indonesia are spared by a free-trade agreement between the two nations.

See also: Teck Resources sinks on Chinese coal tariffs

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.

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).

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