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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Compliance Coal issued coal license in the Tsolum River watershed

Media Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley, May 8, 2014

The CoalWatch Comox Valley Society has uncovered information that indicates the BC Government has issued a coal license to Compliance Coal Corporation for a coal tenure in the Anderson Lake area, with part of the tenure in the sensitive Tsolum River watershed.

25 more laid off from Quinsam Coal in Campbell River

Sian Thomson, Campbell River Courier Islander, May 2, 2014

On the heels of a Feb.13 layoff of 36 workers at Quinsam Coal, another 25 workers were laid off today from the underground coal mine.

Teck Resources Ltd to cut 600 jobs and defer Quintette coal restart as profit drops 68%

Peter Koven, Financial Post, April 22, 2014

Teck Resources Ltd. announced it will cut its workforce by roughly 600 people as it continues to reduce costs and adapt to a lower metal price environment.

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