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Coal miners lost pay when Mitt Romney visited their mine to promote coal jobs

Sabrina Eaton, Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 28 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- When GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited an Ohio coal mine this month to promote jobs in the coal industry, workers who appeared with him at the rally lost pay because their mine was shut down.

$1.5B Hinton coal mine planned to fuel Asian power plants

Dave Cooper, Edmonton Journal, August 24, 2012

EDMONTON - A proposed coal mine on Hinton’s doorstep could cost $1.5 billion if fully developed and bring more than 500 new jobs to the town.

Layoffs looming in struggling mining sector

Derek Sankey, Vancouver Sun, August 14 2012

Boom-bust cycle cited as cause

Twenty per cent of mining companies in Canada have already begun laying off employees this summer in a sector that has taken a recent beating in the markets.

Montanans Prepare to Harness Direct Action in Coal Fight

Nick Englefried, Nation of Change, August 11 2012

A lynchpin in Montana governor Brian Schweitzer’s plan to shift the Big Sky State from an agricultural economy to energy extraction, coal exports center around energy companies’ bid to open vast new areas in Montana to mining.

Six killed in Mexico coal mine accident

Aljazeera, August 4 2012

Disaster at second coal mine in north Mexico claims six lives, raising death toll of miners to 13 in region in 10 days.

Six miners are killed in a coal mine collapse in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila , according to emergency rescue team.

Cline falls victim to weak coal market

Peter Koven, Financial Post, July 12 2012

These are tough times for coal miners.

A combination of cheap natural gas in the United States and slowing demand in Asia has devastated the industry in recent months, driving prices lower and crushing the equities.

Appalachia Turns on Itself

Jason Howard, New York Times, July 8 2012

ANYONE traveling on Interstate 77 just north of Charleston, W.Va., can’t miss the billboard perched high above the traffic, proclaiming “Obama’s No Jobs Zone,” a reference to increased regulations on the coal industry and mountaintop removal mining. Like countless other bits of pro-coal propaganda that have sprouted over the last few years across Appalachia, the sign is designed to inflame tensions — and by all counts, it’s working.

Dust reforms stymied by years of inaction

By Ken Ward Jr., iWatch News, July 8, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For more than a quarter-century, government efforts to end deadly black lung disease have hit various brick walls, built by opposition from one side or the other.

Black lung surges back in coal country

By Chris Hamby, iWatchNews,  July 8, 2012

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. — Ray Marcum bears the marks of a bygone era of coal mining. At 83, his voice is raspy, his eastern Kentucky accent thick and his forearms leathery. A black pouch of Stoker’s 24C chewing tobacco pokes out of the back pocket of his jeans. “I started chewing in the mines to keep the coal dust out of my mouth,” he says.

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.

Carbon Creek Metallurgical Coal Project submitted for environmental assessment

CoalWatch News, May 19, 2012

Cardero Resource Corp. has submitted a project description for its Carbon Creek Project, a proposed open pit coal mine located in the Peace River Coalfield in northeastern BC.

Canada’s New Environmental Assessment Regime: What Miners Need to Know

David Hunter, Nalin Sahni & George McKibbon (McKibbon Wakefield Inc.)., Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, May 18 2012

As part of the federal budget, the government has proposed a complete overhaul of federal environmental assessment in Canada. The repeal and re-enactment of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (“CEAA”) and amendments to other federal environmental legislation amount to the most significant change in federal environmental assessment (“EA”) since the legislation was first created decades ago. These changes are vast and their full impact on the mining industry, particularly in Ontario, will not be known for years to come.

Suska coal project studied by JX Nippon Oil & Energy and Xstrata Coal partnership

The Canadian Press, Vancouver Sun, May 15, 2012

TOKYO — A partnership formed by JX Nippon Oil & Energy and Xstrata Coal will invest $35 million on a preliminary study of the Suska coal project in eastern British Columbia.

Vigil marks 20 years since Westray mine explosion

The Canadian Press, CTV, May. 9 2012

Westray memorialNEW GLASGOW, N.S. — Twenty years after losing his brother in the Westray mine disaster, Allen Martin recalled treasured moments from his own life that his brother Glenn missed.

"My daughter growing up, the fishing trip, our grandchild," he said as he stood before a granite memorial that includes Glenn's name and those of 25 others who died in methane and coal dust explosion on May 9, 1992.

Worst mining disaster in B.C. history took place 125 years ago today in Nanaimo

Darrell Bellaart, Nanaimo Daily News, May 03, 2012

It was a tragedy on such a scale, today it's difficult to imagine.

Sooner or later, someone always has to pay for mines' aftermath

Marc Gaudreau, Comox Valley Record, May 1, 2012

Dear editor,

I applaud our papers for continuing to print both sides of the debate regarding the Raven coal project.

No magic bullet to make mining safe

Alice de Wolff, Comox Valley Record, April 27, 2012

Dear editor,

Several readers have written recently that they are concerned about the future of jobs on Vancouver Island, suggested that a regulated underground mine is somewhere they would be comfortable having their children work, and suggested that opposition to the Raven coal mine is misinformed.

Chinese villagers riot over coal mine fears, killing 1 police officer, injuring 15 others

By Associated Press, Washington Post, April 21 2012

BEIJING — A Chinese city government says villagers with sickles and clubs protesting against mining activities in the southwest attacked police, killing one officer and injuring 15 others.

Mitigating Community Impacts of Mining Operations

By Ethan Krindle with Alix Tolliday
Supervised by Deborah Curran
and Calvin Sandborn, Lawyers

April 20, 2012

Options for Local Governments

Many citizens feel troubled when they hear that a new mining operation or similar development may start up near their community. On the one hand, a new development suggests the prospect of new jobs and economic prosperity. On the other hand, citizens worry about the impacts that mining and industrial developments might have on their community.

This paper discusses some of the options for local government to address the impacts of mining on residents and the natural environment. The purpose is to make communities and local governments aware of the tools at their disposal, generate discussion as to what steps a community might want to take, and provide examples of how bylaw powers have been creatively used in other BC communities.

The good news is that local governments are not powerless.

Click here to download the report

Coal mine is not the future of our valleys

John Snyder, Alberni Valley Times, 18 Apr 2012

Re: "Changes must be made to keep jobs on the Island," (Alberni Valley Times, April 16)

In Ms. McComb's recent letter "Changes must be made to keep jobs on the Island," she seems to be making the case that the proposed Raven Coal Mine project is the key to future growth and prosperity in our communities and the beacon of hope for young workers and their families.

Demon Coal Parts 1 & 2

CBC Ideas, March 11 & 18, 2012

Coal is dirty, toxic, abundant and cheap. Mining it disfigures the earth. Using it for fuel or electricity generation is unsustainable. Burning it emits deadly pollutants and greenhouse gases, and is the major cause of global warming. Right? Max Allen talks with environmentalists and energy scientists about why much conventional.

Click here to play Demon Coal Part 1

Click here to play Demon Coal Part 2 

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Coal Exports Surge To Highest Level Since 1991

NPR, Associated Press, April 10, 2012

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. coal exports reached their highest level in two decades last year as strong demand from Asia and Europe offered an outlet for a fuel that is falling from favor at home.

You don't have to live with it

Stacey Gaiga, Parksville Qualicum News, April 13, 2012

The fundamental flaw of Mr. Alf Randall’s stone-age philosophy is that his home is not located in Fanny Bay and he and his family do not rely on Cowie Creek water sources for clean drinking water.

Coal logic faulty

Mike Mesford, Parksville Qualicum News, April 13, 2012

In his letter (The News, April 10), Alf Randall makes the classic, tiresome argument that to oppose the Raven Coal Mine one must abandon all trappings of modern life: cars, houses and so on.

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