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The Coal Rush Razzle-Dazzle

Mike Bell, Comox Valley Echo, June 25, 2013

According to Mineral Titles B.C., in 2007 Compliance Energy applied for a license to explore the coal deposits in the Anderson Lake Area. Their request finally made its way to the top of the queue. Some months ago the department checked with Compliance to confirm that it still wanted the license. It said it did.

Mine puts candidates on the spot

Philip Round, Comox Valley Echo, May 10 2013

There's no question the proposed Raven coal mine is proving to be a hot-button election issue in the Comox Valley riding.

Plenty of people from all shades of the political spectrum have been raising concerns with candidates about the project - and not just electors near the proposed site above Fanny Bay.

One order of steel; hold the greenhouse gases

David L. Chandler, MIT News Office, May 8 2013

Steelmaking, a major emitter of climate-altering gases, could be transformed by a new process developed at MIT.

Four Comox Valley candidates spar in forum

Erin Haluschak, Comox Valley Record, May 01, 2013

Hoping to become the Comox Valley's next MLA, the four provincial candidates in the riding squared off Tuesday evening in front of a full crowd at the Filberg Centre.

Open letter to the NDP about protecting watersheds

Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition, April 30 2013


I am writing on behalf of the Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition (VIWWC), a group comprised of Community Coalitions from Victoria to Courtenay and including Port Alberni. Please refer to our website at to view the groups involved.

The goal of VIWWC is to inform citizens of the dangers of privatizing water and the watersheds that sustain our Island communities and to monitor development within our communities, plus challenge the misconceptions around the quantity and quality of water on our Island. VIWWC believes that a well-informed public has the capacity to make the right choices for themselves, the communities they live in and the generations who will follow. Fresh water is a finite and declining resource, water equates to life, and without it our planet will perish.

Click here to download the complete letter.

Christy and McRae tone deaf

John Snyder, Comox Valley Echo, April 30 2013

During provincial Liberal leader Christy Clark's recent campaign stop in the Comox Valley, she made some reported comments on the Raven Coal Mine that I thought were quite interesting. While Ms. Clark and MLA Don McRae continue to defend the current environmental assessment as thorough and adequate, they seem to be tone deaf to the recent requests for a more rigorous review process including a review panel with public hearings made in the motions by the CVRD, Courtenay, Comox, and Cumberland Councils.

Troubled Water by Paul Manly

Paul Manly has released his latest documentary to the public thru various sites on the official Earth Day, April 22, 2013

Indian coal power plants kill 120,000 people a year, says Greenpeace

John Vidal, The Guardian, 10 March 2013

Environmental group's report on pollution in the country warns emissions may cause 20m new asthma cases a year

India's breakneck pace of industrialisation is causing a public health crisis with 80-120,000 premature deaths and 20m new asthma cases a year due to air pollution from coal power plants, a Greenpeace report warns.

Scott Fraser and Darren Deluca "On the Island"

On The Island, April 24 2013

NDP candidate Scott Fraser and BC Liberal candidate Darren Deluca discuss the issues in the Alberni-Pacific Rim riding.

Candidates weigh in on Raven coal mine proposal

John Harding, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, March 19, 2013

NDP candidate Barry Avis says the provincial government is giving "non-answers" about the proposed Raven coal mine and he says that is not giving the people of Parksville Qualicum Beach confidence in the approval process.

Sharp exchange over mine process in legislature

Comox Valley Echo, March 15, 2013

The Raven coal mine assessment process was the subject of a sharp exchange in the provincial legislature on Wednesday.

Alberni-Pacific Rim NDP MLA Scott Fraser suggested said it highlighted "serious holes in this government's gutted environmental assessment process."

Kassandra Dycke - NDP Candidate for Comox Valley - on the Raven Coal Mine

News Release, Kassandra Dycke, March 14 2013


Wilderness Committee congratulates Comox Valley municipal governments for motions on Raven Coal Mine

News Release, Wilderness Committee, February 27, 2013

VICTORIA – The Village of Cumberland has unanimously passed a motion to oppose further processing of the application for the Raven Underground Coal Mine until an independent provincial baseline study and federal joint review panel are undertaken, and comprehensive aquifer mapping is completed.

Coal mining company addresses water supply concerns in Comox Valley

Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist, Feb 22 2013

Concerns about possible contamination of drinking water supplies in the Comox Valley will be addressed in the application for an environmental assessment of the proposed Raven underground coal mine, says Compliance Coal Corp. president John Tapics.

Denman Island Petitions Oppose the Raven Coal Mine

News Release, Denman Opposes Coal, February 20, 2013

On February 16, Denman Opposes Coal (DOC) delivered a thick stack of petitions to bolster others for submission to the BC Legislature by Water Watch Comox Valley. DOC collected 2635 signatures on Denman Island in opposition to the proposed Raven Coal Mine at Fanny Bay. Signatories included both visitors to the island and 75% of Denman residents. “When we started, we thought it was too ambitious to consider a goal of even 1000 signatures, but people were eager to register their opposition to the mine. We spoke to lots of tourists who were shocked to learn of the mine proposal, saying that it would have a real effect on the pristine nature of the Baynes Sound area as a tourist destination,” commented Patti Willis for DOC. “They also worried about the effect on the shellfish industry.” Denman Island is the largest population centre in proximity to the proposed mine.

No Bounty from Coal

Sharon Small, Alberni Valley News, Feb 20 2013

Case studies of mining towns warn that if Raven and possibly two additional coal mines go into operation in the Comox Valley, rather than creating economic bounty, they could have a profound and irreversible negative economic impact.

Courtenay wants halt on proposed coal mine project application

By Michael Briones, Comox Valley Echo, February 8, 2013

The City of Courtenay joined the growing list of groups and municipalities calling for the Raven underground coal mine application process be halted unless key conditions are met.

Courtenay joins calls for more study into effects of coal mine

Renee Andor, Comox Valley Record, February 07, 2013

Courtenay council joined the Comox Valley Regional District and the Town of Comox in calling for independent studies regarding the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine near Buckley Bay.

Implications are dire

John Snyder, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, February 5, 2013

RE: The NEWS article January 31, 2013“Moving coal by conveyors”

Implications are dire

RE: The NEWS article January 31, 2013 “Moving coal by conveyors”

The recent rticle by editor John Harding “Moving coal by conveyors” was interesting to say the least.

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