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Companies lining up with more coal mine proposals in Comox Valley region

Scott Stanfield, Comox Valley Record, June 12, 2013

The proponents of the Raven underground coal mine proposal in Baynes Sound have applied to the Province for another coal licence in the Comox Valley, while a second company is hoping to stake a claim in the Woodhus Creek/Oyster River area.

The Comox Valley Regional District committee of the whole approved Tuesday letters to the chief inspector of mines to inform terms and conditions of requested coal licences submitted by Compliance Coal Corporation and Hillsborough Resources Ltd.

Hillsborough interested in mining Oyster River area

Glacier News Services, June 12, 2013

The Comox Valley Regional District has been asked to weigh in on a Vancouver company's application for permission to explore coal mining possibilities in the Oyster River area.

Global: Coal Train, a multipart series on coal in BC

Video shows coal dust spewing from train in B.C.

A resident of Rosedale, B.C. is concerned about the “ludacris” amount of dust coming off coal trains recently, and has caught the pollution on video. Continue reading?

Global Coal Train 1 of 4: Coal Demand in BC

Jas Johal, Global News, June 10 2013

In part one of a four part series on coal, reporter Jas Johal looks at the demand for coal in BC, which is booming but not everyone wants to see the industry expand.

BNSF Railways, Coal Shippers Sued in Federal Court for Water Contamination Violations

Press Release, Sierra Club, June 5 2013

SEATTLE-- Today, the Sierra Club and its partners filed suit against Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) and several coal companies for violations of the federal Clean Water Act. The Sierra Club, Puget Soundkeeper, Columbia Riverkeeper, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, and Friends of the Columbia Gorge sent a 60 day notice in April after collecting evidence demonstrating the companies’ responsibility for emitting coal into waterways in several locations across Washington. Spokane Riverkeeper and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recently sent a notice letter for these violations as well.

Ridley Terminals in Prince Rupert accused of dumping coal in the ocean

Martina Perry, The Northern View, May 29, 2013

While Ridley Terminals undertakes a multi-million dollar expansion to double its coal-handling capacity, new evidence shows current operations may be damaging the marine environment of Hecate Strait.

Australia coal firms dig in for years of mine closings, job cuts

Rebekah Kebede, Reuters, Globe and Mail, May 23 2013

PERTH — Australian coal miners are steeling themselves for years of production cuts, job reductions and asset sales as swelling shipments from international rivals lower hopes of a recovery in prices for coal.

China’s Sichuan Province Halts All Coal Mines After Explosion

Bloomberg News, May 13 2013

China has ordered production suspended at all coal mines in the southwestern province of Sichuan after a blast on May 11 killed 28 workers.

Another Northwest coal export project falls by the wayside; Kinder Morgan drops Oregon terminal plan

Scott Learn, The Oregonian, May 8 2013

Terminal developer Kinder Morgan on Wednesday dropped its proposal to export coal to Asia from a Columbia River port near Clatskanie.

The company's decision means three of the six coal export terminals originally proposed in Oregon and Washington have gone by the wayside. It also significantly reduces the potential for coal train traffic through Portland.

Indian coal power plants kill 120,000 people a year, says Greenpeace

John Vidal, The Guardian, 10 March 2013

Environmental group's report on pollution in the country warns emissions may cause 20m new asthma cases a year

India's breakneck pace of industrialisation is causing a public health crisis with 80-120,000 premature deaths and 20m new asthma cases a year due to air pollution from coal power plants, a Greenpeace report warns.

B.C. orders Teck Coal to submit selenium plan

Mark Hume, The Globe and Mail, Apr. 15 2013

Bingay Coal suspended

News release, Centremount Coal Ltd., April 9 2013

Coal Exports: Two Weeks of Good News

, Sightline Institute, April 3, 2013

Bad news for coal exports, good news for everyone else.

This post is part of the research project: Northwest Coal Exports

It’s been a busy—and from my standpoint, mostly heartening—few weeks on the coal export front. When you string together all the new developments, there are more and more signs that coal export proposals are on the ropes.

Here’s a quick summary of the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Fortnight for would-be Pacific Northwest coal exporters:

250 people to lose their jobs at Willow Creek mine, Fort. St. John, March 27 2013

Walter Energy has provided more details about a production curtailment at the Willow Creek Mine near Chetwynd. In a statement released Wednesday, CEO Walter J. Scheller III said the company would curtail production at the mine with 250 of the 350 losing their jobs.

The curtailment will start in April.

The Reality of Coal Jobs, Canadian Edition

, Sightline Institute, March 28, 2013

Fossil fuel spending produces little employment.

This post is part of the research project: Northwest Coal Exports

While reading up on Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline, I came across a table so compelling that I had to share the results. As I’ve pointed out before, coal sector investments are a lousy way to create jobs. It’s true in the US, and particularly in the West.

NDP chides government for inaction on Elk River pollution

Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, Mar. 25 2013

VANCOUVER — When Environment Canada investigators served a search warrant on Teck Coal Ltd. last spring, they zeroed in on waters in southeast British Columbia where researchers have catalogued some environmental horror stories.

NW governors ask White House to exam coal exports

Phuong Le, Associated Press, Seattle PI, March 25, 2013

SEATTLE (AP) — The governors of Washington and Oregon are urging the White House to evaluate the effects of greenhouse gasses that would be emitted elsewhere if the nation's coal is exported.

‘Elk River is being poisoned’ by coal mining, study finds

Mark Hume, The Globe and Mail, Mar. 21 2013

VANCOUVER — As it flows through the Rocky Mountains, near Fernie in southeastern British Columbia, the Elk River seems the picture of environmental health, with its crystal-clear waters supporting a world-famous sports fishery.

B.C.'s coal industry expansion plans face opposition

CBC News, March 12, 2013

Port Metro Vancouver has approved the expansion of a coal facility in North Vancouver and is looking for a new facility to be built in Surrey, but the plans are generating opposition from regional mayors, environmentalists and residents.

Nine reasons China won’t need enough coal to justify coal ports in the Pacific Northwest

U.S. coal companies claim that exporting low-grade coal from the Powder River Basin through ports in the Pacific Northwest to Asia is big business, a sure thing, easily worth the pollution and disruption the new coal infrastructure would cause. Their case to investors, local communities, and state regulators is based on a simple premise: China’s demand for coal is steady and rising. And that does seem to be the conventional wisdom.

B.C. has blind spot for King Coal

Chris Rose, Winnipeg Free Press, February 9 2013

VANCOUVER -- Environmentalists here are wondering why proposed and expanded oil pipelines, in addition to liquefied natural gas projects in the province, are at the forefront of heated public protests while plans to ramp up exports of the world's dirtiest fossil fuel receive comparatively little attention.

Coal miners’ resumes show HD Mining rejected qualified Canadians

BC Federationist, Feb 4 2013

Vancouver – BC’s Building Trades’ unions say the actions of HD Mining in rejecting many highly qualified, very experienced Canadian miners from even being considered for jobs at the Chinese-owned company’s BC coal mine development projects are “outrageous and offensive”.

Exporting carbon: Canada's new asbestos?

Briony Penn, Focus, February 2013

Climate policy experts are speaking out against various schemes to export more carbon from BC’s coastal ports.

Truck driver John Snyder retired to bucolic Fanny Bay to live the life, only to wake up one morning three years ago to find a notice on his doorstep—an invitation to an information session on the Raven Coal Mine, proposed five kilometres upstream of his home.

Health advocates continue fight for more study of expanded coal port

Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, January 30, 2013

Critics want to know effects of increased diesel exhaust and coal dust from trains

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