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Coal helps fuel the B.C. economy

Karina Brino, Mining Assn of BC, Vancouver Sun, January 14, 2013

Opinion: Province produces the best steelmaking product in the world, proving a success story here and around the globe

Coal is a killer, just like asbestos

Author Unknown, Comox Valley Echo, December 28, 2012

RE: Raven Coal Mine

The pros and cons on the subject of opening a new coal mine in the Beaufort Range have been written about by many of your readers.

Some have discussed job creation which on balance seems to a net zero issue.

Is it time to put the brakes on runaway coal development?

Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, Dec. 23 2012

The coal industry is booming in British Columbia, with a dozen new mines proposed around the province and the port of Metro Vancouver making expansive plans to become the biggest coal-exporting facility in North America.

Westshore Terminals spends weekend cleaning up coal after ship crash

Emily Jackson, Metro Vancouver, December 9, 2012

Efforts to stop more coal from falling into the Georgia Strait are underway after a massive freighter crashed through a coal exporter’s conveyor belt at Roberts Bank in Delta early Friday.

Coal Communities at the Pivot of Dirty Industries and Clean Energy

Michelle Chen, In These Times, November 19 2012

To environmentalists, King Coal is headed for ruin, and the country’s old, dirty coal-powered plants symbolize the industry’s last dying gasps. But in an uncertain economy, coal is the only thing many working-class communities can cling to for stability.

Revised thermal-coal mine back on table in B.C.

Wendy Stueck, Globe and Mail, Nov. 06 2012VANCOUVER — A coal project shelved after B.C. introduced legislation that effectively nixed coal-fired electricity plants is back on the front burner, this time as a mine-only operation that does not include an electricity component.

Here are all the ways that coal is bad for your health

By Philip Bump, Grist, 29Oct2012

Well, this is very surprising.* From Australian Broadcasting Company:

The study of international evidence showed increased rates of cancer, heart, lung and kidney disease, as well as birth defects, in communities near coal mines and coal-fired power stations.

The researchers analysed 50 studies from 10 countries, including the US, the UK and China.

Tribes Add Potent Voice Against Plan for Northwest Coal Terminals

Kirk Johnson, New York Times, October 11, 2012

FERNDALE, Wash. — At age 94, Mary Helen Cagey, an elder of the Lummi Indian tribe, has seen a lot of yesterdays. Some are ripe for fond reminiscence, like the herring that used to run rich in the waters here in the nation’s upper-left margin, near the border with Canada. Others are best left in the past, she said, like coal.

“I used to travel into Bellingham and buy my sack of coal,” she said, standing in sensible shoes on a pebbled beach at a recent tribal news conference, talking about her girlhood of rural subsistence and occasional trips to the nearby market town. The idea that coal producers would make a comeback bid, with a huge export shipping terminal proposed at a site where she once fished, called Cherry Point, is simply wrong, she said. “It’s something that should not come about,” Ms. Cagey said.

BC Government Misleading Public About Mining Jobs

Media Release, United Steelworkers, October 11 2012

BURNABY, BC, Oct. 11, 2012 - Premier Christy Clark and Jobs Minister Pat Bell have misled British Columbians about local job creation in Chinese-owned coal mines, says the United Steelworkers (USW), which represents miners in B.C.

Steelworkers ask BC Government for Action on Chinese Operated Mines

Media Release, United Steelworkers, October 10 2012

BC Jobs Minister Pat Bell asserted on The Bill Good Show on CKNW today that the United Steelworkers "throws arrows, and fails to come to the table with constructive solutions." It's a false statement that doesn't stand up to the facts.

As the attached 3 letters demonstrate, the USW has been attempting to come to the table to meet with the BC Government to discuss concerns and find solutions for well over 10 months.

Deadly Safety Record Should Disqualify Chinese Coal Companies from B.C., say Steelworkers

Media Release, United Steelworkers, October 9 2012

BURNABY, BC - Highlighting the dismal and deadly health and safety record of the Chinese coal mine industry, the United Steelworkers (USW) is urging B.C.'s Jobs Minister to abandon plans for Chinese-operated coal mines in British Columbia.

Chinese nationals brought in to work B.C. coal mines

Peter O'Neil, Vancouver Sun, October 9, 2012

OTTAWA — The first of a group of 200 temporary Chinese workers approved by the federal government will start arriving in B.C. in coming weeks to work in the burgeoning northeast coal industry, a mine project spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

Coal Crossroads

The Impact, TVW October 2, 2012

Union Bay coal hills on priority contaminated site list in B.C.

Scott Stanfield, Comox Valley Record, August 30, 2012

The president of CoalWatch Comox Valley suggests most members of the public do not realize that coal hills in Union Bay are among 13 priority contaminated sites in B.C. that have been identified by the Province.

Anglo American sheds workers as coal prices plummet

Cecilia Jamasmie,, August 29, 2012

London-based Anglo American (LSE:AAL) has joined an expanding list of coal producers making staff cuts at specific Australian operations, after it announced it will cut at least 50 jobs when its Moranbah North mine reverts back to a single longwall operation.

Coal miners lost pay when Mitt Romney visited their mine to promote coal jobs

Sabrina Eaton, Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 28 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- When GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited an Ohio coal mine this month to promote jobs in the coal industry, workers who appeared with him at the rally lost pay because their mine was shut down.

$1.5B Hinton coal mine planned to fuel Asian power plants

Dave Cooper, Edmonton Journal, August 24, 2012

EDMONTON - A proposed coal mine on Hinton’s doorstep could cost $1.5 billion if fully developed and bring more than 500 new jobs to the town.

Montanans Prepare to Harness Direct Action in Coal Fight

Nick Englefried, Nation of Change, August 11 2012

A lynchpin in Montana governor Brian Schweitzer’s plan to shift the Big Sky State from an agricultural economy to energy extraction, coal exports center around energy companies’ bid to open vast new areas in Montana to mining.

Six killed in Mexico coal mine accident

Aljazeera, August 4 2012

Disaster at second coal mine in north Mexico claims six lives, raising death toll of miners to 13 in region in 10 days.

Six miners are killed in a coal mine collapse in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila , according to emergency rescue team.

Coal stocks sputter thanks to gas glut

Shirley Won, Globe and Mail, Jul. 16 2012

Some coal stocks won’t be firing up hot gains as competition grows from cheap natural gas.

Cline falls victim to weak coal market

Peter Koven, Financial Post, July 12 2012

These are tough times for coal miners.

A combination of cheap natural gas in the United States and slowing demand in Asia has devastated the industry in recent months, driving prices lower and crushing the equities.

Appalachia Turns on Itself

Jason Howard, New York Times, July 8 2012

ANYONE traveling on Interstate 77 just north of Charleston, W.Va., can’t miss the billboard perched high above the traffic, proclaiming “Obama’s No Jobs Zone,” a reference to increased regulations on the coal industry and mountaintop removal mining. Like countless other bits of pro-coal propaganda that have sprouted over the last few years across Appalachia, the sign is designed to inflame tensions — and by all counts, it’s working.

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