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Chinese group makes billion-dollar bet on B.C. coal

DAVID EBNER, Globe and Mail, Mar. 30, 2011

A Chinese group is making a $1-billion bet on coal in British Columbia to secure a key raw material for its steel making industry, the latest in a series of moves this year by international companies to stake a claim on Canadian resources.

Thousands of jobs forecasted for Chinese northern B.C. mining plan

Gordon Hoekstra, Prince George Citizen, March 29, 2011

Two Chinese coal companies and a steel maker are working with a Chinese company based in Vancouver to develop hundreds of millions of dollars worth of unique underground mines in northern B.C. that will provide thousands of jobs.

CoalWatch signs stolen Saturday in Fanny Bay

Comox Valley Echo, March 29, 2011

CoalWatch Comox Valley president John Snyder is disappointed after 60 of his organization's signs were taken from private property Saturday night.

Snyder said the signs were attached to fences, trees, and gates at homes in the Fanny Bay and Ships Point area. He said a few residents have reported the matter to Comox Valley RCMP.

Politico's must say no to coal

Robin Mumblo, Alberni Valley News, March 10, 2011

To the Editor,

Politicians must take the time this year to examine the consensus on the overwhelming amount of data about coal and climate change.

They must listen to their hearts, their heads and their constituents and stop the hypocrisy in our beautiful province.

Millennium internal e-mail reveals goal of 80 million tons in annual coal exports

Erik Olson, Daily News (Longview), February 24, 2011

Millennium Bulk Terminals hopes to export 80 million tons of coal through its proposed west of Longview terminal, nearly 15 times more than the company originally stated in its application for county permit, according to internal company e-mail disclosed Thursday.

There is evidence of major coal plans

By Calvin Sandborn, Times Colonist, February 22, 2011

Re: "No other coal mines planned for Island," Feb. 18.

The letter from the CEO of the Raven coal project raises the central issue about the proposed Raven mine: Will this be the first of a number of mines in the vast coal reserve that stretches from Fanny Bay to near Campbell River?

The Folly of Coal Mines on Van Isle

Sarah Cox, Sierra Club of BC,  Feb 17, 2011

There are many compelling financial reasons to say no to the Raven coal mine. These include the potential loss of tourism, the increased cost to taxpayers of maintaining public roads, the health impacts of coal dust and associated costs, the possible loss of the thriving Baynes Sound shellfish industry which employs more than 500 people, and the impacts on salmon and habitat from the Raven mine and port activities. And then there is one more worrisome reason.

Harvard: Coal impacts cost public up to a half trillion dollars annually

Media release, Greenpeace, February 16, 2011

Harvard Medical School researcher estimates that the impacts of coal cost the public a third to over half a trillion dollars annually.

Coal Mining in BC - Victoria, Feb 9

Coal In BC at UVic, Feb 9

Selected Presentations

Raven Underground Coal Mine Backgrounder
Arthur Caldicott, Victoria, February 2011

Undermining the Value of Clean Land and Water
Maya Stano, February 2011

Meeting allows coal-mining opponents to give views

Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist, February 09, 2011

Opponents to new coal mines on central Vancouver Island will hold their own version of a public hearing at the University of Victoria tonight.

"This is the first major meeting in Victoria on this issue," said Calvin Sandborn, Environmental Law Centre legal director.

Locals join coal dust-up with Victoria

Cowichan News Leader, January 26, 2011

Peter Nix poured a bag of coal onto a blanket at the B.C. legislature Tuesday to send a message about coal exports from B.C.

Big coal exports push Prince Rupert to record

Brian Morton, Victoria Times Colonist, Postmedia News, January 25, 2011

The Port of Prince Rupert recorded its strongest cargo volumes ever in 2010, following up on a 12-year high in volumes the previous year.

Protest to target B.C. coal industry

By JUDITH LAVOIE, Times-Colonist, January 24, 2011

B.C. coal is helping to cook the planet and anyone concerned about a potential climate catastrophe should take direct action, says Kevin Washbrook, organizer of a demonstration planned for Tuesday.

The aim is to get a commitment from government to keep B.C. coal in the ground, he said.

Groups want Long Lake declared contaminated

Dan MacLennan, Campbell River Courier-Islander, January 21, 2011

Groups opposed to a Quinsam Coal Mine expansion proposal have enlisted some prominent environmental legal help, and expanded media coverage of the issue at the same time.

Environmental groups raise alarm over arsenic levels

By Gerry Belet, Vancouver Sun, January 20, 2011

Province asked to determine whether Long Lake is contaminated site

Four environmental groups want the provincial government to determine if Long Lake -- 30 kilometres west of Campbell River -- should be declared a contaminated site based on high levels of arsenic found in the sediment.

Long Lake a potential contaminated site

News Release, Ecojustice, Jan 19, 2011

Recent studies point to arsenic contamination from nearby Quinsam coal mine

VANCOUVER — Four groups have written to BC Government officials seeking a determination of whether Long Lake, 30km west of Campbell River on Vancouver Island, is a contaminated site due to elevated arsenic levels in the lake sediments.

Coal derailment not environmental concern

Keri Sculland, Alberni Valley Times, January 05, 2011

A CN coal train derailed on Sunday night south of McBride, closing the rail line to Prince George.

While coal isn't yet being shipped to Port Alberni, if it does come by train, No Rail? No Coal! petitioner Chris Alemany said coal wouldn't be the largest concern if a train derailed.

Alaska coal creates demand, opposition

By ELIZABETH BLUEMINK, Alaska Daily News, December 25th, 2010

One of Alaska's major exports -- coal -- has been racking up record shipments over the past couple of years.

Nations That Debate Coal Use Export It to Feed China’s Need

By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL, New York Times, November 21, 2010

Even as developed countries close or limit the construction of coal-fired power plants out of concern over pollution and climate-warming emissions, coal has found a rapidly expanding market elsewhere: Asia, particularly China.

Coal industry seeks to export through Wash. state

By MATTHEW BROWN and PHUONG LE, TriCity Herald, November 16, 2010


SEATTLE The coal industry is maneuvering to sharply ramp up its U.S. exports to Asia out of the West Coast, with the first of several potential port expansions along the Columbia River now before officials in Washington state.

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