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Some Health Effects of Coal

CoalWatch Comox Valley, April 20 2012

Demon Coal Parts 1 & 2

CBC Ideas, March 11 & 18, 2012

Coal is dirty, toxic, abundant and cheap. Mining it disfigures the earth. Using it for fuel or electricity generation is unsustainable. Burning it emits deadly pollutants and greenhouse gases, and is the major cause of global warming. Right? Max Allen talks with environmentalists and energy scientists about why much conventional.

Click here to play Demon Coal Part 1

Click here to play Demon Coal Part 2 


Coal Exports Surge To Highest Level Since 1991

NPR, Associated Press, April 10, 2012

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. coal exports reached their highest level in two decades last year as strong demand from Asia and Europe offered an outlet for a fuel that is falling from favor at home.

You don't have to live with it

Stacey Gaiga, Parksville Qualicum News, April 13, 2012

The fundamental flaw of Mr. Alf Randall’s stone-age philosophy is that his home is not located in Fanny Bay and he and his family do not rely on Cowie Creek water sources for clean drinking water.

Coal logic faulty

Mike Mesford, Parksville Qualicum News, April 13, 2012

In his letter (The News, April 10), Alf Randall makes the classic, tiresome argument that to oppose the Raven Coal Mine one must abandon all trappings of modern life: cars, houses and so on.

Do Asian Coal Plants Pollute North America?

Eric de Place, Sightline Institute, April 3, 2012

NOAA researchers document trans-continental air pollution.

The Facts about Kinder Morgan

Eric de Place, Sightline Institute, April 2012

Coal shipper has a track record of pollution, lawbreaking, and cover-ups

'Yes' to a greener future

Monica Hofer, Comox Valley Echo, April 03, 2012

Letter to Premier Christy Clark

Re: proposed coal mining on Vancouver Island

Writing this letter is an act of faith - you see, I have been feeling somewhat disillusioned lately with regards to the effects of taking up the pen and writing to those who "wield the power".

Coal definitely not good for water

John Snyder, Comox Valley Record, April 3, 2012

Dear editor,

I could scarcely believe my eyes when I read the comments from the writer in the recent “Have your Say” section which suggested the coal dust produced at Union Bay when the coal processing site was operating “probably helped filter the waters of Baynes Sound and made the production of oysters possible.” The writer also suggests the coal processing didn’t harm the pristine waters.

Coal Rush: documentary exposes America's "Other BP" Disaster

Jeff Biggers, Huffington Post, March 22, 2012

When theatre-goers view the premiere of the stunning film documentary Coal Rush at the Atlanta Film Fest next week, the judgment on one of the best kept secrets in our nation's energy policy will be "revealed as water, and justice as a mighty torrent."

Japan buys US$435m Xstrata’s stake in Canadian coal operations

Cecilia Jamasmie,, March 14, 2012

Japanese JX Nippon Oil & Energy acquired a 25% of diversified miner Xstrata Coal operations in Western Canada for US$435 million, creating a joint venture that will build the business and market coal in Japan, said the companies.

BOOM Goes the Reef

Greenpeace, March 2012

Australia’s coal export boom and the industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef

Australia is on the verge of an unprecedented coal boom. The epicentre of this expansion is the yet to be developed Galilee Basin in Central Queensland. Galilee is the proposed site for a series of mega mines that will cause Australia’s coal exports to more than double within a decade. The creation of mega mines in Central Queensland, the accompanying export infrastructure and increases in shipping traffic, as well as the burning of the coal they produce, place an incredible burden on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

The industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef is already causing alarm. Approvals for new gas processing plants on Curtis Island off Gladstone in 2011 prompted a stinging rebuke from United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) – the UN body charged with protecting World Heritage Areas. UNESCO is sending a team to Australia this March to assess the potential impact of all development projects on the World Heritage Area.

Click here to download the report. (Not small: 4mb file)

Just imagine Raven Coal’s huge pile of waste rock

John Snyder, TideChange, March 4, 2012

Dear Editor:

When looking at the discussions on the Raven Coal Mine Project over the past several years, it’s easy to get lost in all of the data and information, and it’s hard to paint an image in one’s mind of what this project will actually look like. I’d like to examine one aspect of the massive coal mine and see if you can paint your own image.

Coking coal piles up as prices simmer down

Sidney Morning Herald, March 5, 2012

HUNTER VALLEY miner Gloucester Coal is struggling to shift stockpiles worth almost $40 million as demand for its semi-hard coking coal softens.

Gloucester, which will this week release details of its proposed $8 billion merger with Chinese-owned firm Yancoal, disclosed in its half-year earnings presentation that stockpiles at its Gloucester Basin operations remained high at the end of last year due to difficulty in shifting its coking product.

Victory: Grassroots Pressure Leads to Closure of Two Highly Polluting Coal Plants in Chicago

Common Dreams, Feb 29 2012

"Today we are ending over 100 years of pollution for profits and showing the power of community."

Marking a grassroots victory, Midwest Generation, a subsidiary of Edison International, will retire two of the oldest and dirtiest coal-fired power plants in the nation. Activists have been working for the past ten years to close the two plants located in Chicago.

The Taste of Comox Valley Coal

Jennifer Taynen, Tide Change, Feb 28 2012

For anyone living in the Comox Valley, it can hardly be necessary to restate the threat that the proposed Raven Coal mine will pose to tourism, biodiversity, marine life, water quality, and quality of life in our community. Instead, I’d like to talk about the impact our coal will have on the communities an ocean away who will burn it.

Environment Canada presses for urgent crackdown on coal

By Mike De Souza, Postmedia News, February 22, 2012

OTTAWA — Canadians will see both health and economic benefits if the federal government follows through rapidly on draft regulations to crack down on pollution from coal-fired electricity plants, says newly released briefing notes from Environment Canada.

B.C. coal exports coming under scrutiny for contributing to greenhouse gases

By Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, February 20, 2012

VANCOUVER -- Coal is fast gaining notoriety as the dirtiest fossil fuel and a growing source of global greenhouse gas emissions, all of which is staining the B.C. government's green climate-action initiatives.

"It's a curious inconsistency of the old economy and the new economy at the same time," said Dan Kammen, a professor of energy at the University of California in Berkeley.

Hundreds Attend Solidarity Rally Opposed to Coal

News Release, Water Dragon Alliance, January 22, 2012

Solidarity - Not Compliance! rally at Buckley Bay

Over 400 people showed up in Buckley Bay on Saturday, in support of a festive outdoor anti-coal rally called, "Solidarity -Not Compliance!"

Water Dragon by Rena RogersAn entourage of almost 100 islanders accompanied a twenty foot-long Chinese New Year's dragon off the Denman ferry at 1:00 pm. Cheered on by folks attending from as far away as Vancouver, Victoria, Port Alberni and Campbell River, the dragon was greeted at the nearby rally site by musicians, and a giant raven bearing a placard that read, "Ravens opposed to Coal!"

History repeats itself too often

Jesse Gentes, Comox Valley Echo, January 06, 2012

I'd like to share a little analysis of mine of the Underground Mining Program recently announced by North Island College and created through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market initiative by the joint workings of the Federal Conservatives and the B.C Liberals. The resource extraction industry particularly Compliance Coal on a local level - stand to benefit from the training of entry level employees from such a program.

Can BC be a climate leader?

Voters Taking Action on Climate Change, November 15, 2011

Teck Investor Webcast - November 2011

Webcast, Teck, November 17, 2011

Global Metals, Mining and Materials Conference

Moving Teck Coal

Native community resists Clark’s coal-mine cajoling

Justine Hunter, Globe and Mail, Nov. 10, 2011

On Dec. 22, 1854, the Snuneymuxw people signed a treaty that provided them with 668 blankets. In exchange, British settlers got to mine the rich coal seam in their territory.

Coal mine a non-starter, B.C. first nation says

By Scott Simpson, Vancouver Sun, November 11, 2011

A northeast British Columbia first nation chief confirmed Thursday that it rejects an $860-million, China-financed coal mine that was championed this week by Premier Christy Clark during her trade mission to Asia.

Energy and Mines Minister Rich Coleman on Voice of BC

Rich Coleman and Vaughn Palmer, Voice of BC, Oct 27, 2011

Rich Coleman on Voice of BCMinister of Energy, Mines and Housing talks to Vaughn Palmer about an array of interesting topics about electricity, natural gas, shale gas, mining, smart meters, carbon neutrality, deferral accounts, BC's GHG.

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