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Coffee with ... John Snyder

Scott Stanfield, Comox Valley Record, January 20 2016

As the winner of the Wilderness Committee’s 2015 Eugene Rogers Environmental Award, John Snyder is sharing a place with the likes of local conservationist Ruth Masters and biologist Alexandra Morton.

He is also $1,000 richer, but the money didn’t land in his bank account. Instead, Snyder is putting it into the account of the CoalWatch Comox Valley Society, which he has served as president for several years.

Goodwin's Way

Goodwin's Way Trailer

The upcoming film Goodwin’s Way documents a BC town's resistance to a coal-powered future 100 years after the killing of controversial local labour activist Ginger Goodwin.

Posted by Goodwin's Way on Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Coal applications cover vast area of Comox Valley

Scott Stanfield, Comox Valley Record, February 23 2015

Coal licence applications and existing coal tenures in the Valley comprise about a third of the regional district's total land area, according to research conducted by CoalWatch Comox Valley.

In B.C.’s 19th century coal mining epicentre, residents push hard against plans for a new coal mine

Tristin Hopper, National  Post, February 13, 2015

Cumberland, B.C., was built on coal — literally.

Built in the 1890s atop one of the richest coalfields in coastal British Columbia, the ground below the village’s downtown is criss-crossed with hundreds of now-flooded mining tunnels.

Coalwatch Research Exposes Large Area of Coal Interest in the Comox Valley

News Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley, February 12 2015

Recent research done by the CoalWatch Comox Valley Society has revealed that current coal license applications and existing coal tenures in the Comox Valley equal a staggering 33.6% of the total land area in the Comox Valley Regional District.

The consequences of coal run as deep as the mines themselves

Sharon Small, Comox Valley Record, February 11 2015

Dear editor,

A staggering 33.6 per cent of the Comox Valley is currently covered by coal licence applications and existing coal tenures. Owners, like Compliance Energy, are poised to profit from Premier Clark’s coal mine and coal port expansion program that is pitched to create jobs and economic enhancement.

EDITORIAL: Will Raven get off the ground?

John Harding, Editor, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Oct 21, 2014

We did not think it was going to happen. And it still may not.

Comox Valley activist Gwyn Frayne passes away

Council of Canadians, October 17, 2014

The Council of Canadians is mourning the passing of Comox Valley chapter activist Gwyn Frayne.

CFAX 1070: John Snyder discusses the newest coal applications

John Snyder, CFAX 1070 with host Ian Jessop, August 18 2014

John Snyder, President of the CoalWatch Comox Valley Society discusses the newest applications for coal tenures by Skyland Resources Group Inc., in both the Comox Valley and the Nanaimo area.

John's segment begins at 33:15 and runs to 42:10.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

Richmond company goes after 10 local coal licences

Drew A. Penner, Comox Valley Echo, August 14, 2014

A brand new company from Richmond is trying to stake its claim on 10 different sections of mineral-rich Comox Valley land, but some observers say the company will face an uphill battle if they want to bring coal to market. Not long after incorporating in April, Skyland Resources Group submitted 17 coal licence applications for Vancouver Island mineral rights June 25 and 26, including two in the Anderson Lake area and eight between Union Bay and Deep Bay.

Coalwatch sounds alarm over new player in Vancouver Island coal rush

News Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley Society, Aug 11 2014

In the past week, CoalWatch Comox Valley Society has uncovered 17 new coal license applications that have been filed for tenures in the Comox Valley area and Nanaimo area. These coal license applications were filed with the Ministry of Energy and Mines, on June 25, 2014 and June 26, 2014 by Skyland Resources Group Inc. of Richmond, BC.

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).

CVRD asks provincial government to rescind coal licences and permit no exploration work in Woodhus Creek/Oyster river area

Edwin Grieve, Chair, Comox Valley Regional District, June 26 2014

In a letter to Ed Taje, Senior Inspector of Mines, Permitting and Health and Safety, with the Ministry of Energy and Mines,the CVRD through Mr. Grieve requested that "no coal license be issued (rescinded) and that no notice of work for exploratory drilling be issued."

Coal drilling proposal makes residents nervous

Paul Rudan, Campbell River Mirror, June 14 2014

Hillsborough Resources wants to look for more coal and that’s causing concern for some residents living along the Oyster River watershed.

Concerns grow over test drilling for coal at Oyster River

Philip Round, Comox Valley Echo, June 13 2014

Exploratory drilling to assess the prospects for a coal mine in the Oyster River/Woodhus Creek watershed is expected to start shortly.

Hillsborough Resources applies for drilling permits on the Oyster River

CoalWatch News, June 10, 2014

In January of 2014, the Ministry of Energy and Mines awarded coal tenure to Hillsborough Resources for 2287 hectares in two claims on Woodhus Creek and the Oyster River. This was despite a request from the Comox Valley Regional District that the tenures not be approved. The claims are immediately to the southeast of Hillsborough's Quinsam Mine.

What now, Compliance?

John Snyder, Tide Change Comox Valley, May 18 2014

Now that the issuance of the coal license in the Anderson Lake area to Compliance Coal has come to light, including the fact that part of the tenure is in the sensitive Tsolum River watershed, the comments from Compliance are most interesting.

Regional District monitors pair of coal company acquisitions

Drew A. Penner, Comox Valley Echo, May 16 2014

Comox Valley Regional District staff are monitoring a couple of recent property deals by coal companies in the area, as protesters maintain a vocal opposition to turning Eastern Vancouver Island into a fuelling station for Asian development.

Alana Mullaly, manager of planning services for the Comox Valley Regional District and Kent Leontowich, rural planner, said while mining operations aren't exactly around the corner, there are a lot of unknowns that make local officials uneasy, during the committee of the whole meeting May 13.

No plans for Compliance to act on granted licence

Scott Stanfield, Comox Valley Record, May 15 2014

The provincial gov-ernment has granted a licence to Compliance Energy Corp. for a tenure near Anderson Lake, but the company says it has no intention of exploring the 1,448 hectares north of Comox Lake.

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.

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