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695 B.C. coal miners laid off but HD Mining wants workers from China

Greg Klein,, April 17 2014

B.C. minister issues statement on imported labour

Announced April 15, Walter Energy’s (TSX:WLT) decision to suspend its British Columbia operations kills 695 coal mining jobs in a region where HD Mining International wants to import up to 480 Chinese workers for its proposed Murray River coal mine. HD Mining’s rationale, which was supported by both the federal and provincial governments, is that only Mandarin-speaking Chinese understand the company’s system of longwall mining.

Shipping coal to China pollutes air in B.C.

Calvin Sandborn, Kyle McNeill & Rosie Jacobs, Vancouver Sun, April 15, 2014

Ship it today, breathe it tomorrow

700 workers temporarily laid off at two B.C. coal mines

Peter Meiszner, Global News, April 15 2014

VANCOUVER – Walter Energy Inc. says it will temporarily lay off about 700 workers at two coal mines in British Columbia due to difficult market conditions and lower prices.

"Given the current met coal pricing environment, our best course
of action at this time is to idle these operations."

Walter J. Scheller III, CEO, Walter Energy

Compliance Coal: put up or shut up

John Snyder, Parksville - Qualicum Beach News, April 10 2014

Re: ‘Coal Mine Application for operation near Buckley Bay still on hold’ (The NEWS, April 1).

NIC hosts coal debate

Comox Valley Record, Apr 2, 2014

Students of North Island College Business School are hosting a public debate on the proposed Raven Coal Mine project April 8, with the winner to be decided your votes.

Tuesday, April 8,  8:45 a.m., Room 204 - NIC's Tyee Building.

Coal blow as major European bank cuts funding

Nilima Choudhury

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.

Coal spill feared to be a risk to aquatic life in Burnaby's Silver Creek

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.

Coal train derailment a real concern says Corrigan

Mario Bartel, Burnaby NewsLeader, Jan 11, 2014

The derailment of seven rail cars carrying coal on the Canadian National railway line just west of Cariboo Road Saturday morning could have been a lot worse.

"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."

Freedom Industries cited for Elk chemical spill

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.

Wall Street Giant Backs Away From Washington Coal Export Project

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.

Washington coal export project dumped by Goldman Sachs

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.”

Coal Mine Getting Deeper

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.

Click here to access all the creditor protection documents.

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.

B.C. announces coal rights deferral deal in Sacred Headwaters area

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.

Trees uprooted in 20-metre-wide swath on either side of creek, Obed mine spill forum told

Sheila Pratt, Edmonton Journal, December 2, 2013

"This is once again a cautionary tale for those concerned about the Raven Coal Mine issue. Imagine a similar scenario along Cowie Creek which would then flow into Baynes Sound." CoalWatch President John Snyder

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.

Coal Fever - Vancouver Island

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.

Companies hit with protection order to clean up Alberta coal slurry spill

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.

Opposition politicians raise questions about government’s handling of coal waste water spill that released dangerous chemicals

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.

Time for Alberta to come clean about environmental accidents

Paula Simons, Edmonton Journal November 14, 2013

EDMONTON - Mercury levels nine times higher than normal.

Levels of cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons four times the allowed standard for Canadian drinking water.

Those are the kinds of disturbing test results Dr. James Talbot, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, is seeing as he monitors a huge plume of coal mine waste water currently oozing down the Athabasca River.

Massive coal mine leak damaged fisheries, habitat

Marty Kinkenberg & Sheila Pratt, Edmonton Journal, November 9, 2013

Alberta Environment admits sediment poses risk to some species

EDMONTON - Likely the largest spill of its kind in Canadian history, the massive leak of coal slurry into the Athabasca River near Hinton has caused damage to habitat and poses a risk to certain fish species.

‘Major failure’ of coal mine pit releases waste water into Athabasca River

Caley Ramsey, Global News, 02Nov2013

EDMONTON – The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is responding to what it calls a “major failure” of a pit at a coal mine near Hinton.

A pit containing coal process and surface water failed at the Obed Mountain Coal Mine on Thursday evening, releasing a large quantity of the process water into the Athabasca River.

Teck's adjusted profit slides 41% as coal prices fall

Allison Martell & Varun Aggarwal, Reuters, Business News Network, October 24, 2013

Teck Resources Ltd (TCK.B-T 29.04 -0.5 -1.69%), Canada's largest diversified miner, reported a 41 percent drop in quarterly adjusted profit as higher coal sales volumes failed to offset weaker prices.

"The current price for steelmaking coal remains below what we believe is required to sustain adequate production in the industry in the long term," Teck CEO Don Lindsay

Mining company steps back from Sacred Headwaters standoff

Damien Gillis,, Sep 23 2013

Fortune Minerals announced Monday it will voluntarily stand down from an escalating conflict with the local Tahltan First Nation. The Common Sense Canadian has been reporting on the standoff over a proposed mine in northwest BC’s Sacred Headwaters region since it began in August, when First Nations elders issued the company an eviction notice, demanding it cease exploratory drilling.

Coal mining protest in B.C. set to erupt

Margo Harper, The Globe and Mail, Sep. 20 2013

An increasingly tense standoff between a B.C. First Nation and a London, Ont.-based coal company in a remote mountain valley known as Sacred Headwaters is set to erupt as protesters flaunt their month-long presence on a drilling site and taunt the RCMP to arrest them.

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