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Mining not worth the risk

Brian Lunn, Comox Valley Record, April 12, 2012

Dear editor,

For those of you with no memory (under 60) and those of you with short memories (over 60), this would have been a headline in the Comox Valley Free Press or the Argus in in the summer of 1955 for this photograph. Why does it seem so fantastic now?

Answer: A fly-by-night copper mine was allowed to poison the Tsolum River and as a result destroyed fishing in Comox Bay.

It's as simple as that! Risks associated with any mining is all about damage to the water!

B.C. toxic sites' cleanup costs rise

By Tara Carman, Vancouver Sun, April 12, 2012

Price tag is $73 million more than initial estimate

The estimated cost of identifying and cleaning up contaminated sites on Crown land in B.C. ballooned by $73 million between 2006 and 2012, government figures show.

'Yes' to a greener future

Monica Hofer, Comox Valley Echo, April 03, 2012

Letter to Premier Christy Clark

Re: proposed coal mining on Vancouver Island

Writing this letter is an act of faith - you see, I have been feeling somewhat disillusioned lately with regards to the effects of taking up the pen and writing to those who "wield the power".

Coal definitely not good for water

John Snyder, Comox Valley Record, April 3, 2012

Dear editor,

I could scarcely believe my eyes when I read the comments from the writer in the recent “Have your Say” section which suggested the coal dust produced at Union Bay when the coal processing site was operating “probably helped filter the waters of Baynes Sound and made the production of oysters possible.” The writer also suggests the coal processing didn’t harm the pristine waters.

Coal Rush: documentary exposes America's "Other BP" Disaster

Jeff Biggers, Huffington Post, March 22, 2012

When theatre-goers view the premiere of the stunning film documentary Coal Rush at the Atlanta Film Fest next week, the judgment on one of the best kept secrets in our nation's energy policy will be "revealed as water, and justice as a mighty torrent."

Coal mine opponents cite concerns for salmon streams

Cordova Times, March 16, 2012

A citizens group concerned that a large coal strip mine project could set a precedent for adverse affects on salmon spawning streams is asking Gov. Sean Parnell to say no to development of the mine in Upper Cook Inlet.

Just imagine Raven Coal’s huge pile of waste rock

John Snyder, TideChange, March 4, 2012

Dear Editor:

When looking at the discussions on the Raven Coal Mine Project over the past several years, it’s easy to get lost in all of the data and information, and it’s hard to paint an image in one’s mind of what this project will actually look like. I’d like to examine one aspect of the massive coal mine and see if you can paint your own image.

Quinsam and Raven Coal Mines on Vancouver Island

Graham Brazier, Watershed Sentinel, Jan-Feb 2012

Thirty years ago, when there had been no active coal mining on Vancouver Island for fifteen years, residents of Campbell River were asked to consider a proposal to open a new mine in the Quinsam River watershed. The mine, which by its daily operation would foul staggering amounts of water, was proposed for a site in a watershed containing salmon spawning grounds - the same grounds that developed and sustained the community's claim to be the "Salmon Capital of the World."

Princeton's population decreases

By Michaela Garstin, Similkameen Spotlight, February 14, 2012

Princeton’s population dropped two per cent from 2006 to 2011.

There were 2,724 people living in Princeton in 2011, compared to 2,780 in 2006, according to Statistics Canada information released last week.

This population decrease came as a surprise to many Princeton residents who thought the opening of Copper Mountain Mine would bring more people to town.

Will Chinese Labour Dig BC Coal?

By Ben Christopher, Feb 14, 2012,

Premier Clark touts mining as her jobs machine. But a lot of those hires may be foreign say eager firms and concerned unions.

Last July, a small mining company headquartered in downtown Vancouver made an announcement that meant more jobs could be coming to B.C.

Turning a deaf ear

John Snyder, Comox Valley Echo, February 07, 2012

RE: "Pull together to create more jobs, says Minister" ( CV Echo February 3, 2012)

Don't count on many jobs from mining

Neil Buchan, Comox Valley Echo, February 07, 2012

Jobs? You've got to be raven.

One of the great points in selling coal mines, asbestos and indeed any mining operation has been massive job creation. This is echoed ad nausea.

A headline in Monday's Feb.6th. Globe and Mail, page B3 shows this job cry to be an empty anachronism.

Hundreds Attend Solidarity Rally Opposed to Coal

News Release, Water Dragon Alliance, January 22, 2012

Solidarity - Not Compliance! rally at Buckley Bay

Over 400 people showed up in Buckley Bay on Saturday, in support of a festive outdoor anti-coal rally called, "Solidarity -Not Compliance!"

Water Dragon by Rena RogersAn entourage of almost 100 islanders accompanied a twenty foot-long Chinese New Year's dragon off the Denman ferry at 1:00 pm. Cheered on by folks attending from as far away as Vancouver, Victoria, Port Alberni and Campbell River, the dragon was greeted at the nearby rally site by musicians, and a giant raven bearing a placard that read, "Ravens opposed to Coal!"

Evidence clear about North Island College funding and coal project

Jesse Gentes, Comox Valley Record, January 12, 2012

Dear editor,

I respond to Susan Auchterlonie's (director, college and community relations at North Island College) recent attempt to "correct the assumption of a correlation between North Island College receiving funds to offer an underground mining program and the potential coal project at Fanny Bay."

Don't subsidize coal mining

Alice De Wolff, Comox Valley Echo, December 27, 2011

So it begins. The announcement that NIC (North Island College) will receive $323,028 for an underground mining program is the first indication that the provincial government is not only supporting, but is prepared to use my tax dollars to subsidize the proposed Raven Coal mine.

Native community resists Clark’s coal-mine cajoling

Justine Hunter, Globe and Mail, Nov. 10, 2011

On Dec. 22, 1854, the Snuneymuxw people signed a treaty that provided them with 668 blankets. In exchange, British settlers got to mine the rich coal seam in their territory.

Coal mine a non-starter, B.C. first nation says

By Scott Simpson, Vancouver Sun, November 11, 2011

A northeast British Columbia first nation chief confirmed Thursday that it rejects an $860-million, China-financed coal mine that was championed this week by Premier Christy Clark during her trade mission to Asia.

Energy and Mines Minister Rich Coleman on Voice of BC

Rich Coleman and Vaughn Palmer, Voice of BC, Oct 27, 2011

Rich Coleman on Voice of BCMinister of Energy, Mines and Housing talks to Vaughn Palmer about an array of interesting topics about electricity, natural gas, shale gas, mining, smart meters, carbon neutrality, deferral accounts, BC's GHG.

NDP critic urges McRae to defend shellfish jobs

News Release, BC NDP, October 24, 2011

NDP environment critic Rob Fleming Saturday urged MLA Don McRae to defend local shellfish jobs and finally speak out about the proposal for a massive underground coalmine in Comox Valley.

Marine conservation and planned coal mines

Lynne Wheeler, Times Colonist, October 24, 2011

I read with interest the article on protecting the southern Strait of Georgia as a marine conservation area. While I applaud this move, I believe governments should protect all of the strait.

The Coming Decline and Fall of Big Coal

By Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone, September 28, 2011

Mountaintop coal mine in West VirginiaAP ran a great story yesterday about the coming decline of the coal industry in Appalachia that I fear is not going to get nearly the attention it deserves. Because if you think about this story seriously for more than 30 seconds, you will come to see that it has huge implications not only for future U.S. energy policy but also for the coming presidential election.

No silver bullets, just wishful thinking

Brian Kieran, Monday Magazine, 09/28/2011

"Having observed the provincial government duck for cover in the face of lesser environmental opposition, I think it is a safe bet that the Raven mine will not be one of the eight [mines] approved by 2015 — if ever."

Quinsam 7-South Application Open House - Aug 11

Quinsam Coal Corp
Thursday, August 11
2-5 pm, 7-9 pm.

Thunderbird Hall, Campbell River

Quinsam Coal is applying to the provincial government for a permit to expand its mining operations into the "7-South" deposit. The mine plan, acid mine drainage,  waste handling, etc., is to be discussed at the open house.

For further information contact Leona Adams at


Itochu eyes Russia, Canada, Indonesia coal mines

Bloomberg, The Japan Times, July 17, 2011

Itochu Corp., the nation's largest trader of coal for power stations, is seeking to invest in mines in Russia, Canada and Indonesia to tap rising global demand as the Fukushima nuclear disaster fuels a search for energy alternatives.

Environmental scrutiny falling short in BC: Auditor General report

By Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, July 8, 2011

A public office entrusted with monitoring environmental compliance in multi-billion-dollar industrial projects around the province is not doing its job, a scathing report by the Auditor General of B.C. said Thursday.

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