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Images from the Union Bay meeting by Maggie Paquet

From the Union Bay Public Meeting, June 3 2011. Photos by Maggie Paquet.

Images from the Port Alberni meeting by Maggie Paquet

   

From the Port Alberni Public Meeting, June 2 2011. Photos by Maggie Paquet.

Union Bay: Lipstick on a Pig

CoalWatch News, June 4, 2011

"We don't want the mine," says someone from the floor.

"We are hearing that, " says Rachel Shaw from the EAO.

Images from the Port Alberni meeting by Carolyn Walton


ARTHUR SPEAKS


DEAD CANARY


SOME OF THE CROWD


BLACK LUNG


SIGNS OF THE TIMES

 

From the Port Alberni Public Meeting, June 2 2011. All photos by Carolyn Walton, Journalist/Photographer, Words by Walton, 778-424-6249, www.footloosebyseaandshore.blogspot.com, www.vanislandparadise.blogspot.com

Alberni plays host to coal debate

Keri Sculland, Alberni Valley Times, June 02, 2011

Residents fill Alberni Athletic Hall Thursday afternoon to learn more about proposed coal project and voice concerns

EA meeting Port Alberni - Alberni Valley TimesFrom the moment the Alberni Athletic Hall opened its doors to the public, the high number of people streaming in was a clear reflection of just how important the coal meeting is to the residents of the Alberni Valley.

Walking through the front doors, representatives from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency were prepared to greet people and hand off a number of printed documents for them to read. A box, situated near the entrance to the gym, let people sign up to ask their questions to a panel of experts from the provincial and federal governments, along with representatives from the Raven Underground Coal Project.

Port Alberni says NO to the Raven mine!

CoalWatch News, June 3, 2011

EA Public Meeting for the Raven Mine in Port Alberni

Hundreds came to the public meeting to tell the environmental assessment agencies and Compliance Coal Corp that the don't want the Raven coal mine and they don't want their harbour and streets used as a shipping port for the coal.

Rachel Shaw on CBC's On The Island

The BC Environmental Assessment Office's Rachel Shaw talks with host Gregor Craigie on CBC's On the Island, June 1, 2011

Click here to stream or download the interview

Images from the Courtenay meeting by Maggie Paquet

 

From the Courtenay Public Meeting, May 30 2011.
Photos by Maggie Paquet.

EcoNews: ACTION OF THE MONTH

EcoNews, June 2011

RAVEN COAL, COMOX VALLEY

So - the proposal to start coal mining in the Comox has finally advanced to its environmental assessment - and we are being formally invited to say what we think. How can you refuse such an offer?

Lively coal meeting expected Thursday

Shayne Morrow, Alberni Valley Times, June 01, 2011

If the public meeting held Monday night in Courtenay-Comox is any indication, Thursday evening's event to discuss the Raven Underground Coal Project should be a spirited affair.

Questions, opposition persists to coal mine overlooking Baynes Sound

By Scott Stanfield, Comox Valley Record, May 31, 2011


A large crowd turned out Monday at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay to express concern about a proposed coal mine above Baynes Sound. (Scott Stanfield)
 

Campbell Connor drew a round of applause by requesting a full expert panel review, along with aquifer mapping and modelling, as the environmental assessment phase of the proposed Raven underground coal mine progresses.

First of three coal meetings last night

Spencer Anderson, Comox Valley Echo, May 31, 2011

The first of three public meetings on the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine project was held in Courtenay at the Filberg Centre last night.

City council joins call for coal port review

Jane Armstrong, Alberni Valley Times, May 31, 2011

The Port Alberni City Council is to be congratulated for adding its name to many neighbouring municipalities plus dozens of organizations and individuals calling for an Independent Review Panel for the Raven coal project. The communities affected by the coal project deserve nothing less than the best the law provides.

Public coal meeting offers single chance to be heard

Shayne Morrow, Alberni Valley Times, May 31, 2011

The Alberni Environmental Coalition is calling for Alberni Valley residents from every corner of the community to make their voices heard at the official public meeting for the Raven Underground Coal Project.

Images from the Courtenay meeting by Carolyn Walton


Cameron Grey of the Wilderness Committee


Denman Opposes Coal (DOC) table


nocoalmine.net table


Fiona Mackey of Fanny Bay


Jim Burgess with photos of runoff today from the Tsable River Mine which closed in 1966

From the Courtenay Public Meeting, May 30 2011. All photos by Carolyn Walton, Journalist/Photographer, Words by Walton, 778-424-6249, www.footloosebyseaandshore.blogspot.com, www.vanislandparadise.blogspot.com

“No More Coal”: Over 500 people send clear message at Raven Coal public meeting

News Release, CoalWatch and Wilderness Committee, May 30, 2011

Courtenay B.C. - Chants of 'No More Coal” filled a packed Courtenay room for the first of three public comment meetings scheduled for the Raven Coal Mine environmental assessment. Over five hundred people crammed into the Filberg Centre for the six hour meeting, to ask questions and express their concerns with the proposed mine.

Hundreds of people turn out in Courtenay to condemn the Raven coal mine

CoalWatch News, May 31, 2011

500 or more people came to the Frances Filberg Centre in Courtenay last night to let government know that the proposed Raven coal mine is not wanted in the Comox Valley. Of the dozens of people who lined up to state their positions, ask their questions, and hear the answers, not one spoke in support of the mine.

ACTION: Submit Draft AIR/EIS Comments by June 27

L A S T  C H A N C E
MAIL ONLY
If postmarked by June 30

WRITE YOUR COMMENT
Choose 1A or 1B (or both)

1A. Select important points from Information for commenting on the Raven Draft AIR compiled by technical advisors to CoalWatch and AEC

1B. Read these documents:
    Updated Project Description
    Draft AIR Part A
    Draft AIR Part B
    Working Group Tracking Table

SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT

MAIL ONLY
Postmarked by June 30

Rachel Shaw, BC EAO,
    PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt,
    Victoria BC V8W 9V1.

READ POSTED COMMENTS

SELECTED SUBMISSIONS

Alberni city council calls for independent coal panel

By Wawmeesh G. Hamilton, Alberni Valley News, May 26, 2011

Port Alberni has added its name to the list of municipalities calling for the Raven Coal Mine project to be examined by an independent review panel.

Port Alberni Council supports an Expert Panel Review

CoalWatch News, May 25, 2011

At its meeting on May 24, Port Alberni City Council voted to send a letter to the appropriate governments requesting an Expert Panel Review for the Raven Underground Coal Project. The vote followed a presentation by the Alberni Environmental Coalition which outlined the differences between the comprehensive review and the expert panel review.

Minutes of the meeting are not available this soon following the meeting, but will be posted on the City's website.

Talking about energy

Sarah Miles, Island Tides, May 18, 2011

Several opportunities are approaching to publicly discuss the Raven Underground Coal Mine, proposed for an area south of Courtenay on Vancouver Island.

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.

Coal port plans are moving ahead

Keri Sculland, Alberni Valley Times, May 11, 2011

The proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine Project in Fanny Bay is in the early stages of the co-operative environmental assessment process, which will require public input.

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