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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.

Compliance Coal issued coal license in the Tsolum River watershed

Media Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley, May 8, 2014

The CoalWatch Comox Valley Society has uncovered information that indicates the BC Government has issued a coal license to Compliance Coal Corporation for a coal tenure in the Anderson Lake area, with part of the tenure in the sensitive Tsolum River watershed.

25 more laid off from Quinsam Coal in Campbell River

Sian Thomson, Campbell River Courier Islander, May 2, 2014

On the heels of a Feb.13 layoff of 36 workers at Quinsam Coal, another 25 workers were laid off today from the underground coal mine.

Teck Resources Ltd to cut 600 jobs and defer Quintette coal restart as profit drops 68%

Peter Koven, Financial Post, April 22, 2014

Teck Resources Ltd. announced it will cut its workforce by roughly 600 people as it continues to reduce costs and adapt to a lower metal price environment.

695 B.C. coal miners laid off but HD Mining wants workers from China

Greg Klein,, April 17 2014

B.C. minister issues statement on imported labour

Announced April 15, Walter Energy’s (TSX:WLT) decision to suspend its British Columbia operations kills 695 coal mining jobs in a region where HD Mining International wants to import up to 480 Chinese workers for its proposed Murray River coal mine. HD Mining’s rationale, which was supported by both the federal and provincial governments, is that only Mandarin-speaking Chinese understand the company’s system of longwall mining.

700 workers temporarily laid off at two B.C. coal mines

Peter Meiszner, Global News, April 15 2014

VANCOUVER – Walter Energy Inc. says it will temporarily lay off about 700 workers at two coal mines in British Columbia due to difficult market conditions and lower prices.

"Given the current met coal pricing environment, our best course
of action at this time is to idle these operations."

Walter J. Scheller III, CEO, Walter Energy

Compliance Coal: put up or shut up

John Snyder, Parksville - Qualicum Beach News, April 10 2014

Re: ‘Coal Mine Application for operation near Buckley Bay still on hold’ (The NEWS, April 1).

China to shut down 2,000 coal mines this year

Cecilia Jamasmie,, April 4, 2014

China will shut down roughly 2,000 small coal mines this year, with a total capacity of 117.48 million tonnes, as part of the Beijing’s ongoing plan to reduce the alarming rates of air pollution and reduce the nation’s dependency on the fossil fuel.

According to the National Energy Administration (NEA), the first small-scale mines to go will be those old and depleting ones, in the east of the country. The government will also consolidate production from operations located in remote parts, including the vast northwestern regions of Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang, Reuters reports.

NIC hosts coal debate

Comox Valley Record, Apr 2, 2014

Students of North Island College Business School are hosting a public debate on the proposed Raven Coal Mine project April 8, with the winner to be decided your votes.

Tuesday, April 8,  8:45 a.m., Room 204 - NIC's Tyee Building.

Province never inspected berm that burst at Obed mine tailings pond

Sheila Pratt, Edmonton Journal, Feb 27 2014

EDMONTON - The berm around the Obed mine coal tailings pond that failed last fall had not been inspected by the province because it was not classified as a dam, a public forum at the University of Alberta was told Thursday.

Dragons to the rescue of shellfish?

John Harding, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Feb 27, 2014

A local man who will face the Dragons may have the answer to a beast of a problem facing local shellfish producers.

Shellfish support

John Harding, Editor, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Feb 27, 2014

If Roberta Stevenson sounds defensive, it may be appropriate to cut her some slack.

Taseko New Prosperity Mine at Fish Lake rejected again

CBC News, Feb 26, 2014

Ministry concludes project likely to cause significant environmental damage, Taseko will reapply

It's back to the drawing board for round three for Taseko Mines, Ltd.

36 laid off at Quinsam mine

Paul Rudan, Campbell River Mirror, Feb 13, 2014

Quinsam Coal has permanently laid off 36 workers due to weaker demand and lower prices for thermal coal.

“It’s certainly a very difficult decision and a very difficult time,” said Gary Gould, vice-president of Hillsborough Resources.

Coal Mine Getting Deeper

New Coalmont Courier, January 4 2014

A published list of 341 creditors owed a total of $73,935,635.64 shows that the coal mine is running a little behind in their bill payments.

Click here to access all the creditor protection documents.

Ten companies are owed over a million dollars, most noteworthy being HSBC Bank Canada with a $37 million claim. There are no locals on the list, but 14 companies in Princeton are owed a total of $344,651.30. In the greater picture that may look like loosing your change down the back of the sofa, but it is money the local economy can ill afford to lose.

B.C. announces coal rights deferral deal in Sacred Headwaters area

Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press, Vancouver Sun, December 16, 2013

VICTORIA - A remote area of northwest British Columbia considered sacred by aboriginals and resource rich by mining companies has received a reprieve from potential coal-mining activities with a government order that puts new coal tenures on hold for one year.

Trees uprooted in 20-metre-wide swath on either side of creek, Obed mine spill forum told

Sheila Pratt, Edmonton Journal, December 2, 2013

"This is once again a cautionary tale for those concerned about the Raven Coal Mine issue. Imagine a similar scenario along Cowie Creek which would then flow into Baynes Sound." CoalWatch President John Snyder

EDMONTON - On the last evening of October, a wall of water and sludge poured out of the Obed coal mine containment pond, uprooting trees and cutting down vegetation in a swath 20 metres wide on either side of the Apetowun trout stream.

The coal slurry rose over the creek banks, spreading contaminated sediment into the forest as far as 10 kilometres downstream on the creek, which eventually joins the Athabasca River. A layer of sediment about 50 centimetres thick lies under the snow in some places.

Coal Fever - Vancouver Island

Comox Valley Echo, November 29, 2013

Back in 1983 at the public hearings for the Quinsam Coal mine in Campbell River, there was a lot of opposition: even the mayor and council were opposed. The provincial government gave the mine the green light anyway.

Update Dec 5 2013:
Ed Homer has posted the full video to his channel on YouTube.
Please click here to watch the 34 minute film.

Companies hit with protection order to clean up Alberta coal slurry spill

Keith Gerein, Edmonton Journal, November 19, 2013

EDMONTON - Nearly three weeks after the Athabasca River system was hit with what is believed to be Canada’s largest ever coal slurry spill, the Alberta government has slapped the two companies involved with an environmental protection order.

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