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Moving coal with conveyors

John Harding, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, January 31, 2013

There's a way to move coal from the proposed Raven mine to Port Alberni that does not involve one single truck, says a local engineer.

Comox Valley coal mine would be a step back

Torrance Coste , Times Colonist, December 13, 2012

Slag heaps and tailings ponds, massive trucks full of coal thundering down our highways, heavy infrastructure, and serious risks to the environment, human health and safety. This is a turn-of-the-century industrial scenario, right?

Wrong. This could be the future on Vancouver Island.

United Church joins opposition to coal mine

Comox Valley Echo, December 7, 2012

The Comox-Nanaimo Presbytery of the United Church of Canada has added its opposition to the proposed Raven underground coal mine near Fanny Bay.

Comox-Nanaimo Presbytery of the United Church resolution opposes the Raven project

Press Release, Comox-Nanaimo Presbytery of the United Church of Canada, November 30, 2012

At its October 27, 2012 meeting in Port Alberni, the Comox-Nanaimo Presbytery of the United Church of Canada discussed concerns about the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine above Fanny Bay. 

Judith Sayers includes Raven in a short list of projects to which First Nations are opposed

Judith Sayers, Voice of BC, November 29, 2012

Vaughn Palmer says this may be the biggest issue BC governments have to deal with. Ms. Sayers' includes the Raven mine in a short list of mines and pipeline projects to which First Nations are vehemently opposed.

Click here to listen to the audio segment.

BC Must Get Serious About Its Water Supply

By Ben Parfitt & Jesse Baltutis,, November 20, 2012

Four steps to take right away to protect our province's life giving resource.

Council of Canadians AGM opposes the Raven Mine

Council of Canadians, Nanaimo, October 27, 2012

Proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine Project

Be it resolved that the Council of Canadians oppose the development of the Raven Underground Coal Mine Project

Submitted by Comox Valley Chapter, BC

Are 100 English words and dead miners really what we want?

Lynne Wheeler, Comox Valley Record, October 26, 2012

Dear editor,

The truth is starting to come out about Compliance Energy and, as we have said all along, this is not about jobs for local people as John Tapics, president of Compliance Energy, would have us believe.

Coal Crossroads

The Impact, TVW October 2, 2012

Croquet Not Coal - Denman Island - Sept 2 2012

Click on any image to visit the Croquet Not Coal photo set on Flickr.

September 2nd brought together over 70 people to Denman Island for the Croquet not Coal fundraising event for the Denman Opposes Coal group.

Iron ore freefall catches miners

Cecilia Jamasmie,, August 29, 2012

Iron ore prices hit their lowest level since November 2009 on Tuesday as the commodity crashed 4.6% closing at $94.80. The dive proved a drag for producers of the commodity, particularly companies investing heavily to expand their production capacity.

BC Shellfish Growers - August Update

BC Shellfish Growers Association, August 21 2012

Dear friends,

We thought we would take this opportunity to give an update about the proposed Raven Coal Mine project currently under assessment. The support we’ve been shown so far for the future of our industry has greatly exceeded our expectations and we at the BC Shellfish Growers Association (BCSGA) have a responsibility to ensure that correct and timely information is disseminated and shared to allow people to make informed decisions.

Oppose Raven project, leave coal in the ground

Sharon Small, Alberni Valley Times, July 16, 2012

"Our stockholders are best served by leaving high quality coal in the ground until global demand strengthens," writes Patriot Mines regarding laying off up to 200 coal mine workers last May.

Diesel exhaust will increase with mine

John Snyder, Oceanside Star, July 12, 2012

I attended the Port Alberni Chamber of Commerce luncheon recently and listened to John Tapics, the CEO of Compliance Energy Corporation, give an update on the proposed Raven Coal Mine Project.

Screening of Dirty Business, Port Alberni, July 18

Dirty Business, a film about the coal industry.

7:00 pm Wednesday, July 18

Char's Landing, 4815 Argyle Street, Port Alberni

Sponsored by Alberni Valley Transition Town in Port Alberni. There is no admission charge, but any donations to help defray the cost of the venue and the DVD would be most gratefully accepted.

Patriot Coal files for Bankruptcy Protection

By Tiffany Kary and Dawn McCarty, Bloomberg, Jul 9, 2012

Patriot Coal Corp. (PCX) filed for bankruptcy after milder winters and a shift to natural gas sent coal demand to a 24-year low.

Much more at risk than we will gain with coal

Lynne Wheeler, Alberni Valley Times, June 19, 2012

There are so many reasons to oppose the Raven Coal Mine.

Black Out Speak Out

CoalWatch News, 04 Jun 2012

On June 4, CoalWatch Comox Valley Society joined with environmental and other organizations across the country in Black Out Speak Out. Our website went dark*, to protest the attempted silencing of voices who seek to defend nature. Our land, water and climate are all threatened by the latest federal budget. Proposed changes in the Budget Bill will weaken environmental laws and silence the voices of those who seek to defend them.

In solidarity,
John Snyder, President
CoalWatch Comox Valley Society

Process has failed us

Keith Porteous, Comox Valley Echo, May 29, 2012

I am writing to respond to the letter published May 11, 2012 in the Echo from mining industry professional Joe Paquet supporting the Raven Coal Mine near Fanny Bay.

Raven coal mine opponents a diverse group

Sharon Small, Comox Valley Record, May 29 2012

Dear editor,

Re: Joe Paquet’s why I support Raven letter.

This is written to correct his perception that those who oppose Raven Coal Mine are “rich retirees” and that strict environmental laws exist or will be created to protect the environment from coal mine acid drainage and poisonous emissions.

No Compliance! No Coal! No Way!

Vancouver Media Co-op, May 26, 2012

Mining Conference Effectively Shut Down!

On May 24, 2012 the Vancouver Branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum hosted a luncheon meeting at the Four Season's Hotel in Vancouver focusing on Compliance Energy Corp's proposed Raven Coal Mine. The site for this proposed mine is in unceded Pentlach Territory on Vancouver Island, also known as the Comox Valley.

Liquid feces tossed by protesters evacuates Vancouver’s Four Seasons hotel

By Jeff Green, The Province, May 25, 2012

Protesters of a mining conference in downtown Vancouver were throwing more than just rocks.

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