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Draft AIR Released. Public Comment May 18-Jun 27

CEAA & BC EAO, May 10, 2011

Public Comment Period

The public has 40 days to submit comments on the draft AIR/EIS Guidelines document, from May 18, 2011 until June 27, 2011. All comments received during the comment period will be considered. Submissions sent by mail must be postmarked no later than June 27, 2011.

Public Meetings

Monday May 30, 2011 2 p.m. to 10 p.m
Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay

Thursday June 2, 2011 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Port Alberni Athletic Hall, Port Alberni

Friday June 3, 2011 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Union Bay Community Club, Union Bay

Essential Documents

Draft Application Information Requirements
Part A, Part B

Working Group Issues Tracking Table

Updated Project Description

Baynes Sound Shellfishery and the Raven Mine in the Legislature

Hansard, May 6, 2011

MLAs Claire Trevena and Scott Fraser question the new Minister of Agriculture, Don McRae, on the impacts of the proposed coal mine on the Baynes Sound shellfishery.

Click here to download the audio transcript.

Denman Opposes Coal - Letter to the BC EAO

Letter, Denman Opposes Coal (DOC), April 29, 2011

DOC writes to the EAO and CEAA about its concerns with the Public Consultation Approach Conceptual Plan for the upcoming public comment period.

EA regulators decision: 3 public meetings, public meeting process described, one new comment period introduced

CoalWatch News Update, April 29, 2011

On April 21, 2011, the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) released a document which describes the public comment period for the upcoming draft Application Information Requirements (AIR)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines.

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.

CEAA Participant Funding Decision for Raven Underground Coal Project

Raven Underground Coal Mine Project
Federal Funding Allocated to Participate in the Environmental Assessment 

Recommendation
The FRC (Funding Review Committee) recommends allocating a total of $84,160.30 to the eight applicants as follows:
* $900 to Mr. Michael Fisher
* $4,180 to the Sierra Club of BC Foundation (on behalf of Sierra Club Comox Valley);
* $28,600 to the British Columbia Shellfish Growers Association;
* $500 to Mr. Robert Christie;
* $20,504.70 to CoalWatch Comox Valley Society;
* $500 to Ms. Carolyn Shaffer;
* $28,375.60 to the Alberni Environmental Coalition; and
* $600 to Mr. Jack Cann.

OTTAWA – March 24, 2011 – The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) has allocated $84,160.30 to eight applicants to support their participation in the federal environmental assessment of the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine Project in British Columbia (BC).

It's only a matter of time

Lise Billingsley, Alberni Valley Times, March 18, 2011

Coal port in tsunami zone may be bad idea

Local activists are concerned about the environmental and health risks of a coal port situated on Port Alberni's waterfront. The port, which would serve the proposed Raven Coal Mine, would sit in the Alberni Inlet in an area designated "high risk" for a tsunami.

Coalition calls for full and open public consultation on controversial Raven Coal Mine

Press Release, March 17, 2011

(Victoria) Nearly 30 organizations released a joint letter today calling for a rigorous environmental assessment of the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine, complete with a broad-based public consultation process.

The letter was prompted by the expected mid-spring release of the Application Information Requirements (AIR) – a major part of Compliance Energy’s bid to establish coal mining operations on Vancouver Island.

Dismay caused by coal remarks

Campbell Connor, Comox Valley Record, January 06, 2011

Dear editor,

It was with surprise and dismay that I returned from my Christmas break to see a newspaper report regarding the visit of Mr. Abbott, a Liberal leadership hopeful.

Aboriginal groups get $432,000 in EA funds

Spencer Anderson, Comox Valley Echo, November 23, 2010

Twelve aboriginal groups have been given a total of $432,693 from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) to participate in the ongoing environmental assessment of the proposed Raven Coal Mine.

No review panel for coal project: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Scott Stanfield, Black Press, Alberni Valley News, November 18, 2010

The Canadian government will not be initiating a federal panel review of the proposed Raven Underground Coal Project in Baynes Sound, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency confirmed Wednesday.

Raven Underground Coal Mine Project Availability of $100,000 to Participate in the Environmental Assessment

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, November 16, 2010

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is making available $100,000 under its Participant Funding Program to assist individuals and groups to participate in the federal environmental assessment of the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine Project in British Columbia.

Synopsis of Comments Received During Initial Public Comment Period

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, 320-757 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6C 1A1, November 16, 2010

Environmental Assessment of the Proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine Project under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act

Special from CoalWatch regarding CEAA Participant Funding Notice

John Snyder, President, CoalWatch Comox Valley, November 8, 2010

"The bottom line for those that will be applying for the Participant Funding is that the 30 day clock is NOT ticking for the application deadline."

As many of you may know, there was a notice published in the Victoria Times Colonist on November 6th, regarding the Availability of Participant Funding Program. Included in this notice was the deadline date of December 6, 2010. This morning I have made several phone calls to Ottawa trying to find out why this notice wasn't posted on the CEAA Registry website and the MPMO Tracker website.

Council's coal update cancelled

Shayne Morrow, Alberni Valley Times, November 08, 2010

A special meeting of city council set for 9 a.m. Tuesday to hear from a representative of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has now been cancelled.

On Friday, city clerk Russell Dyson said CEAA was set to provide an update on the Raven Underground Coal Mine Project.

CEAA Posts Notice of Participant Funding - AND RESCINDS IT

UPDATE - NOVEMBER 8, 2010

According to CEAA:
  • The application period for Participant Funding HAS NOT STARTED.
  • The December 6 deadline for applications IS NOT CORRECT.
  • CEAA claims the Times Colonist should not have printed this advertisement.

 

CEAA, Times Colonist, November 5, 2010

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is making available $100,000 under its Participant Funding Program to assist individuals and groups to participate in the federal environmental assessment of the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine Project in British Columbia. Applications received by the Agency by December 6, 2010 will be considered.

B.C. slammed over handling of Prosperity project

By Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, November 5, 2010

Federal panel ruling highlights province's flawed environmental assessment process, legal critics charge

Tuesday’s federal government decision to deny Taseko Mines Ltd.’s application to build the Prosperity copper-gold mine southwest of Williams Lake will save Fish Lake, but cast a cloud over future mining investment in British Columbia, according to a mining organization.

Prosperity Mine denied authorization to proceed

News Release, Environment Canada, November 2, 2010

Government of Canada Announces Decisions on Mount Milligan and Prosperity Gold-Copper Mines

OTTAWA, Ont. -- November 2, 2010 -- The Government of Canada today announced decisions on two gold-copper mine project proposals in British Columbia. The proposal for the Mount Milligan mine, near Prince George, has been granted federal authorizations to proceed. However, the Prosperity mine project as proposed, near Williams Lake, cannot be granted federal authorizations to proceed due to concerns about the significant adverse environmental effects of the project.

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