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Raven Mine Application/EIS screening likely to commence within days

Information Notice, CoalWatch Comox Valley, October 27, 2014

The BC EAO has indicated Compliance Coal is now in the process of distributing it’s revised Application/EIS to the Working Group members. Once the Working Group members have received the revised Application/EIS, and the EAO has received the Application/EIS as well, the screening/evaluation commences to see if the Application/EIS contains all of the required information.

Raven Mine Application nearly ready for regulators

Information Notice, CoalWatch Comox Valley, October 15 2014

On October 10, 2014, the BC Environmental Assessment Office ( BC EAO) sent out a memo to the Working Group on the Raven Coal Mine Project, that Compliance Coal Corp. intends to resubmit its Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate ( Application) for the proposed Raven Coal Mine Project in the next few weeks.

CoalWatch at Fanny Bay Days, July 2014

Maggie Paquet and Jim Burgess of CoalWatch answer questions at the CoalWatch information booth at the Fanny Bay Days event in Fanny Bay, BC on July 20, 2014. The event took place at the Fanny Bay Community Hall in Fanny Bay.  (Photo courtesy John Snyder)

CVRD votes against Oyster River coal licenses

John Snyder, Tide Change Comox Valley, June 29 2014

Not long after Hillsborough Resources was issued several new coal licenses in the Woodhus Creek/Oyster River area, they’ve recently submitted a notice of exploration work in the area, to the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM).

CoalWatch stunned as new licence granted to Compliance

Michael Briones, Comox Valley Echo, May 13, 2014

News that Compliance Coal Corporation was granted a license for a coal tenure in the Anderson Lake area on Mount Washington was a bit of a shocker for a local watchdog, which has been opposing any coal mine development in the region.

CoalWatch Comox Valley Society president John Snyder stumbled upon the news by accident while doing some research on the internet.

Compliance Coal issued coal license in the Tsolum River watershed

Media Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley, May 8, 2014

The CoalWatch Comox Valley Society has uncovered information that indicates the BC Government has issued a coal license to Compliance Coal Corporation for a coal tenure in the Anderson Lake area, with part of the tenure in the sensitive Tsolum River watershed.

CoalWatch 2013 Year End Recap, by John Snyder

John Snyder, President, CoalWatch Comox Valley Society, December 10 2013

With the end of 2013 fast approaching, I think it’s important to recognize events this past year which were significant to CoalWatch and others opposing the proposed Raven Coal Mine Project.

Ed Homer: Union Bay Coal Piles

Edward Homer, Comox Valley Arts & Life, 2013

Check out more of Ed's work at his YouTube Channel.

CoalWatch: Survey rejects Baynes Sound coal mine development

Press Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley, October 15 2013

Findings from the recently released “Baynes Sound Opinion Survey on Shellfish Aquaculture” conducted by the Vancouver Island University, Institute for Coastal Research, indicate survey respondents overwhelmingly rejected coal mine development in the Baynes Sound area.

CoalWatch: Survey rejects Baynes Sound coal mine development

Press Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley, October 15 2013

Findings from the recently released “Baynes Sound Opinion Survey on Shellfish Aquaculture” conducted by the Vancouver Island University, Institute for Coastal Research, indicate survey respondents overwhelmingly rejected coal mine development in the Baynes Sound area.

CBC On the Island: John Snyder on Itochu withdrawal from Comox Joint Venture

Host Gregor Craigie talks with John Snyder, CBC On the Island, August 28 2013.

They discuss the announced withdrawal of Itochu from the Comox Valley Joint Venture. The Comox Joint Venture is the proponent for the proposed Raven Underground Coal Project near Fanny Bay on Vancouver Island. In the original agreement, I-Comox Coal, a subsidiary of Itochu Corporation, held 20%, LG held 20%, and Compliance Coal Corp. held 60%.

Click here to listen to the discussion.

Raven proponent cites support

John Harding, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, August 27, 2013

Compliance Coal continues to work through the application process for a proposed mine near Buckley Bay and the company's CEO says the project has support from local residents.

CoalWatch's John Snyder told The NEWS recently the Raven project "doesn't have any social licence, never has, never will."

Raven Coal partner withdraws from Project

News Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley, August 26 2013

Recent documents from Compliance Energy Corporation (CEC) made public on August 23, 2013, have revealed that I-Comox Coal Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Corporation has issued notice that it would be withdrawing from the Comox Joint Venture.

CoalWatch discovers vast number of new coal licence applications in Comox Valley

Press Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley, July 22 2013

In the past week CoalWatch Comox Valley has uncovered 18 new coal license applications that have been filed for tenures in the Comox Valley area. These coal license applications were filed with the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas, between May 10, 2013 and May 24, 2013, by Feisa Resources Canada and Golden River Resource Inc.

Golden River Resource Inc. has filed 8 coal license applications, with 4 applications in the Anderson Lake area, just north of Comox Lake, and 4 applications in the Oyster River area. The total area covered in the Golden River applications is 9,075 hectares.

STORY REPORTED IN OTHER MEDIA ...
Coal mine watchdog 'stunned' by 18 new applications in and around Comox Valley
  Renee Andor, Comox Valley Record, July 24 2013
CBC On The Island
  Khalil Akhtar talks with John Snyder, July 24 2013
Appalachia-North? 18 new coal mine proposals for Comox Valley
  Damien Gillis, TheCanadian.org, July 23 2013
New coal applications in Comox Valley, CoalWatch claims
  Comox Valley Record, July 23 2013
Two companies join Valley coal rush
  Michael Briones, Comox Valley Echo, July 23 2013
And while we were all busy watching the 2013 BC Election.. 18 new Coal mine proposals popped up on Vancouver island
  Laila Yuile, LailaYuile.com, July 23 2013
Indian steel industry looks to BC for coal
  Colleen Kimmett, The Tyee, July 23 2013
Coal Applications
  The Eagle FM 97.3
Coalwatch Comox Valley Sounds the Alarm
  Jet FM & HQComoxValley.com, July 22 2013
 

Coal mine watchdog 'stunned' by 18 new applications in and around Comox Valley

Renee Andor, Comox Valley Record, July 24, 2013

Two more companies have applied for 18 coal licences in the Comox Valley area, covering up to over 22,000 hectares.

Two companies join Valley coal rush

Michael Briones, Comox Valley Echo, July 23 2013

Back to the drawing board for the Raven Coal Mine

Andrew Gage, West Coast Environmental Law, 17 June, 2013

Congratulations to the people of the east coast of Vancouver Island who have been fighting the controversial Raven Coal Project, proposed by Compliance

Compliance Newest Coal License Application Is A Wake Up Call For The Comox Valley

Press Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley Society, June 17, 2013

On June 11, 2013 the Comox Valley Regional District ( CVRD) Committee of the Whole considered an Application for a provincial coal license filed by Compliance Coal Corporation (Compliance). The proposed license covers 1,672 hectares located in the Anderson Lake area in the Browns River watershed north of Comox Lake, and crossed through by the Strathcona Parkway to Mt. Washington.

CoalWatch: EAO makes decision to reject Raven Coal Mine application

Press Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley, May 21, 2013

The provincial Environmental Assessment Office has decided not to accept the Raven Coal Mine Application for detailed review. In a May 16th letter to John Tapics, CEO of Compliance Coal Corporation, the EAO refers to “the major information requirements” the EAO considers not to have been adequately addressed in Compliance’s submission.

CoalWatch: Consider candidate positions when marking your ballot

Media Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley, May 8 2013

CONSIDER CANDIDATE POSITIONS WHEN MARKING YOUR BALLOT

This upcoming provincial election will be a pivotal one on the very important Raven Coal Mine issue. Recently all of your local governments in the Comox Valley passed motions requesting:

  1. The Province of BC conduct comprehensive aquifer mapping of the aquifers that could be affected by the Raven Coal Mine Project.
  2. The Province of BC conduct an independent baseline study of Baynes Sound adjacent to the proposed Raven Coal Mine Project.
  3. The environmental assessment of the Raven Coal Mine Project be referred to an independent review panel with public hearings.

Make no mistake, the party that forms the next BC Government will be the final decision maker on the Raven Coal Mine. Having an MLA who will support and advocate for the motions passed by our local governments is crucial.

CoalWatch Comox Valley Society fully supports our local government motions and their requests. Please consider each candidates position on these requests when marking your ballot. Our precious drinking water and world renowned shellfish industry are at stake.

Authorized by CoalWatch Comox Valley Society, registered sponsor
under the Election Act 250-335-2246

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