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Ocean of Plenty III a huge success

John Snyder, CoalWatch Comox Valley, April 14 2013

On behalf of the officers and directors of CoalWatch Comox Valley Society, I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone involved in making our sold out fundraising dinner a huge success. The support from the community as a whole was really heart warming.

An event like this couldn’t take place without the generous efforts of many people and businesses. I’d like to recognize the following for their contributions: Fan Seafood, Fanny Bay Oysters, Hollie Wood Oysters, Mac’s Oysters, Pentlatch Seafood, Stellar Bay Shellfish, and T’souke First Nations. I’d like to give a special thank you to the Fanny Bay Community Association, who was a generous sponsor.

Ocean of Plenty III - Shellfish Gala Dinner - April 13

Featuring locally grown shellfish

Saturday, April 13, Doors open at 6:30 pm
Fanny Bay Community Hall,7793 Old Island Hwy

A fundraiser for the
Coalwatch Comox Valley Society

Cash Bar + Oyster Bar
Silent Auction + Live Auction
50/50 Draw

Cumberland Joins Other Local Governments In Passing Raven Mine Motion

Media Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley, February 26, 2013

CUMBERLAND COUNCIL JOINS OTHER LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
IN PASSING RAVEN MINE MOTION

The Village of Cumberland Council unanimously passed a motion at their meeting on February 25, 2013 to oppose the further processing of the application on the proposed Raven Coal Mine Project until the Province of British Columbia conducts comprehensive mapping of the aquifers in the areas that could be affected by the Raven Underground Coal Mine Project. The motion also calls for an independent baseline study of the Baynes Sound intertidal and subtidal benthic infauna community, as well as the request that the Federal Minister of Environment refer the environmental assessment of the Raven Coal Mine Project to an independent review panel with public hearings.

Does proposed coal mine present a drinking water hazard?

John Harding, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Feb 21, 2013

Opponents of the Raven Coal Mine proposal are backing a move this week asking the Vancouver Island Health Authority to issue a Hazard Prevention Order to address any potential risk to drinking water.

CoalWatch pleased to have UVic group on their side

Michael Briones, Comox Valley Echo, Feb 22 2013

CoalWatch Comox Valley Society, the group that has been fighting against the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine Project, gained another powerful ally - the University of Victoria Environmental Law Clinic.

UVic law clinic moves to halt Raven Coal Mine project

Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist, February 19, 2013

The water supply in the Comox Valley will be threatened if the proposed Raven Coal Mine goes ahead, says the University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Clinic, which wants the Vancouver Island Health Authority to step in and halt the project until vital questions are resolved.

Coalwatch applauds Courtenay Council

Press Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley, February 6, 2013

COURTENAY COUNCIL PASSES MOTION ON RAVEN COAL MINE

The Courtenay City Council passed a motion at their meeting on February 4, 2013 to oppose the further processing of the application on the proposed Raven Coal Mine until the Province of British Columbia conducts comprehensive mapping of the aquifers in the areas that could be affected by the Raven Underground Coal Mine Project. The motion also calls for an independent baseline study of the Baynes Sound intertidal and subtidal benthic infauna community, as well as the request that the Federal Minister of Environment refer the environmental assessment of the Raven Coal Mine Project to an independent review panel with public hearings.

CoalWatch praises Comox council for stance on proposed mine

CoalWatch, Comox Valley Record, January 25, 2013

Comox Town council recently passed a motion to oppose the further processing of the application on the proposed Raven Coal Mine until the provincial government conducts comprehensive mapping of the aquifers in potentially affected areas.

Coalwatch applauds local government motions on raven coal mine

Media Release, CoalWatch, January 21 2013

The Comox Town Council has recently passed a motion to oppose the further processing of the application on the proposed Raven Coal Mine until the Province of British Columbia conducts comprehensive mapping of the aquifers in the areas that could be affected by the Raven Coal Mine Project. The motion also calls for an independent baseline study of Baynes Sound intertidal and subtidal benthic infauna community, as well as the request that the Federal Minister of Environment refer the environmental assessment of the Raven Coal Mine Project to an independent review panel with public hearings.

CoalWatch Year End Update

John Snyder, CoalWatch, December 27, 2012

Greetings:

As the year 2012 comes to an end, I wanted to take the opportunity to give you a brief update on where we're at on the environmental assessment (EA) of the Raven Coal Mine Project, and what to expect in this coming year.

The next "shoe to drop" during the EA will be when the proponent (Compliance) submits their Application/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for screening by the BCEAO and the CEAA. In my most recent phone conversation with the CEAA, they indicated their "educated guess" is Compliance will submit the Application/EIS sometime around the middle of January 2013. If that's the case, given the 30 day timeline for the BCEAO/CEAA to screen the Application/EIS once it's submitted, the earliest the 50 day public comment period might commence is around mid-February 2013.

2013 will be a very exciting and challenging year. Not only will the EA of the Raven Coal Mine Project be moving towards a provincial and federal ministerial decision sometime in late 2013, but there will be a BC provincial election in May as well. Whoever the voters of BC elect as the next sitting government, that government will be the final decision maker on the Raven Coal Mine Project at the provincial level.

Looking back on 2012, I'm proud of the collective efforts of those who are involved in opposing this insane Raven Coal Mine Project. A representative of Compliance was recently quoted as saying they had "deep pockets and weren't going away." I'll take our determination, solidarity and dedication over "deep pockets" any day !!!!

On behalf of CoalWatch, I'd like to wish to you and yours, a Healthy and Happy New Year.

John Snyder
President, CoalWatch Comox Valley Society

CoalWatch report takes a closer look at Raven Coal Mine job projections

Media Release, CoalWatch, November 5 2012

CoalWatch Comox Valley released today a report entitled “Raven Underground Mine Job Projections - A Closer Look.” The report was prepared by Comox Valley’s Alice de Wolff and Associates. The purpose of the report is to contribute to the assessment of the economic impact on the Comox Valley of Compliance Energy Corporations (CEC) proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine Project.

CoalWatch at the Lighthouse Fall Fair - Sept 1 2012

NDP MLA Scott Fraser and NDP candidate Barry Avis (back to the camera) stopped by the CoalWatch booth to discuss the proposed Raven Coal Mine project. There was a lot of CoalWatch support this year from the people attending the fair. We gathered over 70 signatures on the Comox Valley WaterWatch Coalition petition against the mine, and handed out lots of information leaflets.

NDP MLA Scott Fraser chats with one of the many people who stopped by the CoalWatch booth at the Lighthouse Fall Fair.

Click on photos for larger images. Photos by John Snyder.

Raven Coal Mine Quiz

QUIZ ON THE PROPOSED RAVEN UNDERGROUND COAL MINE PROJECT

1. The mine site is _______ kilometres uphill from Baynes Sound.
a. 2 km b. 5 km c. 7 km d. 10 km

2. The mine would be in operation for _______ years.
a. 6 years b. 16 years c. 26 years d. 36 years

Benefits of proposed coal mine questioned in report

Comox Valley Echo, April 27, 2012

CoalWatch Comox Valley released a short report Wednesday questioning the economic and social costs of the proposed Raven mine project near Buckley Bay.

"Another Radical Canadian" supporting CoalWatch

According to Joe Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, "environmental and other radical groups ... threaten to hijack our regulatory system." It hasn't escaped our notice that it's actually Oliver and Stephen Harper who are doing the hijacking.

Get your "Another Radical Canadian" T shirt. Different sizes available. Cost: $20- $22.50 For more information contact Cam Connor (250) 941-6665 or Lynne Wheeler (250) 335-2181.

Get radical: wear a T-shirt.

CoalWatch at Earth Day 2012

CoalWatch board members Cam Connor and Lynne Wheeler provide information on the Raven Coal Mine project, at the CoalWatch tent at Earth Day in Courtenay, April 21, 2012. (Photo courtesy John Snyder)

Fund-raiser focused on appreciating shellfish

Pamela Suzanne Smyth, Oceanside Star, February 16, 2012

People feasted on locally grown shellfish Saturday as Coal Watch held its second-annual 'Plenty of Fish' extravaganza in cosy candlelit Fanny Bay Hall.

Over $7,500 was raised for their campaign to stop development of the Raven coal mine, which they say threatens marine harvesting zones in Baynes Sound.

The event, largely bereft of speeches, focused on appreciating a shellfish industry that employs 600 people and is expected to triple in the next decade, providing area waters remain free of mine tailings.

"This is an environmental haven for marine life, birds, animals and people," said Parksville-Qualicum NDP candidate Barry Avis. "Due to concerns, this event took no time to sell out. We hope the existing government doesn't sell out all that this region supports for the sake of short-term gain. "

Ocean of Plenty II a huge success

Fanny Bay, February12, 2012

Ocean of Plenty II a huge success

On behalf of the officers and directors of CoalWatch Comox Valley Society, I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone involved in making last night’s sold out fundraising dinner a huge success. The support from the community as a whole was really heart warming.

Ocean of Plenty in Fanny Bay

Comox Valley Record, February 07, 2012

Dawn McRae of Custom Catering

As Valentine’s Day approaches and the inevitable head-scratching intensifies, the perfect gift opportunity comes like sunset on a sandy beach.

Ocean of Plenty II Shellfish Gala Dinner - Feb 11, 2012


Poster

ALL TICKETS
SOLD! -
THANKS FRIENDS

Ocean of Plenty II
Shellfish Gala Dinner

featuring locally grown shellfish -
Celebrating what we grow!

A fundraiser for the
Coalwatch Comox Valley Society


Menu

Date & Time: Saturday, February 11, 2012, Doors open at 6:30 pm

Location: Fanny Bay Community Hall, 7793 Old Island Highway, Fanny Bay, BC

Cash Bar + Oyster Bar + Dress Smart/Up! + Auction + 50/50 Draw

Tickets: $50 each,  Available at:

  Courtenay: Laughing Oyster Books, 250-334-2511
                    The Freakin' Coffee Shop (Tin Town), 250-338-0229
  Comox: Blue Heron Books, 250-339-6111
  Buckley Bay: Fanny Bay Oyster's Seafood Shop, 250-335-1198
  Bowser: Salish Sea Market, 778-424-2012
  Denman Island: Abraxas Books and Gifts, 250-335-2731
  Qualicum Beach: Heaven on Earth Natural Foods, 250-752-3132

Please note: if you have any items that you would like to donate for our silent auction, please contact John Snyder at 250-335-2246 or via info@coalwatch.ca.

Coalwatch slams new public comment period on raven coal project

Press Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley, November 14, 2011

CoalWatch Comox Valley has slammed the recently announced public comment period on the proposed Raven Coal Mine Project, calling Compliance Coal Corporation’s responses in the latest version of the tracking table, vague, evasive, and anything but transparent.

Coalwatch urges people to speak out as mine assessment gets underway

Media Release, CoalWatch, May 12, 2011

The countdown is on for people and organizations who wish to comment on the proposal for a massive coal mine in the heart of the Baynes Sound watershed.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency announced Tuesday that a 40-day public comment period into the proposed mine will start May 18, and the watchdog group CoalWatch Comox Valley is urging people to speak out.

CoalWatch gets $20,500 for assessment process

Spencer Anderson, Comox Valley Echo, March 29, 2011

CoalWatch Comox Valley has been given $20,500 to participate in the environmental assessment of the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) announced the funding last Thursday.

An open letter from CoalWatch

An open letter from CoalWatch Comox Valley Society, February 25, 2011

Over the last 14 months, during which CoalWatch has been identifying and researching issues regarding the proposed Raven Coal Mine Project, it has become abundantly clear that there is a potential for significant widespread environmental effects from the project and that there is widespread public concern about the project.

The concerns about water and the aquifers in the area impacted by the proposed mine have been one of the key issues identified by Coalwatch during our research. The fact that the aquifers in the region surrounding the Raven Coal Mine Project have not been adequately mapped and have been classified in a study by VIU as “vulnerable” is very troubling. CoalWatch has been consistent in our request that the mapping and modeling of the aquifers in the entire region affected by the Raven Project be completed at the beginning of the environmental assessment process rather than at the end of the process. It’s just common sense to have all the aquifer mapping and modeling data completed at the beginning of the decision making process.

The other numerous issues and concerns regarding the Raven Coal Mine Project should also be addressed in the most rigorous environmental assessment available, a joint federal/provincial independent expert Review Panel with Public Hearings. The current “comprehensive review” is in our opinion, inadequate. An independent expert Review Panel would include Public Hearings rather than Public Meetings, and afford the opportunity of cross examination of outside witnesses. The Review Panel would also be at arm’s length from the government, it’s more transparent, and more likely to result in findings of environmental impacts.

CoalWatch has repeatedly asked both the Federal and Provincial governments to support our position on the aquifer mapping and modeling; and that the environmental assessment of the proposed Raven Coal Mine Project be referred to a joint federal/provincial independent expert review panel with public hearings. Given the magnitude of this project, it is both regrettable and amazing that in all cases these requests for support have been denied.

The full impact of this proposed coal mine cannot be adequately known without an environmental assessment by an independent review panel; and comprehensive aquifer mapping and modeling of the entire area impacted by this mine. Numerous citizens, environmental groups, and relevant local governments are also on record as supporting our requests. The residents of the Comox Valley, Port Alberni Valley, and all the residents of Vancouver Island deserve nothing less than the most rigorous environmental assessment available.

Given that both the CEAA and BCEAO, in our opinion, are refusing to exercise due diligence regarding the environmental assessment of the Raven Coal Mine Project, the Officers and Directors of CoalWatch Comox Valley Society have voted unanimously to oppose the Raven Coal Mine Project, and that our public messaging regarding the project shall reflect this opposition.

Notwithstanding the above, CoalWatch will continue to identify and research the issues surrounding the Raven Project and to advocate for a robust public participation during the entire environmental assessment process; and CoalWatch will also continue to be an active participant in that environmental assessment process.

On behalf of the Officers and Directors of CoalWatch Comox Valley Society,

John Snyder
President, CoalWatch Comox Valley Society

Click here to download the open letter


Minutes of the Special Meeting of the
CoalWatch Comox Valley Society Officers and Directors
February 23, 2011

GIVEN that CoalWatch believes that there is a potential for significant widespread environmental effects from the Raven Coal Mine Project and that there is widespread public concern over thisproject and…

GIVEN that the full impact of this coal mine project cannot be adequately known without:

1. an environmental assessment by a joint federal/provincial independent expert review panel with public hearings.

2. complete aquifer mapping and modeling of the entire region effected by the Raven Project being completed BEFORE the environmental assessment goes any further and …

GIVEN that CoalWatch has repeatedly asked both the Federal and Provincial governments for these studies and that these requests have been denied and …

GIVEN that numerous citizens, environmental groups, relevant local governments, and newly formed groups opposed to the Raven Project have requested these measures and …

GIVEN that both the CEAA and BCEAO, in our opinion, are refusing to exercise due diligence regarding the environmental assessment of this Raven Coal Mine Project …

I hereby make a motion that the CoalWatch Comox Valley Society officially oppose the Raven Coal Mine Project, and that our public messaging regarding the project reflect this opposition.

After no discussion, the vote to approve the motion was unanimous and the motion was carried.

Click here to download the minutes of the special resolution.

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