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Raven coal finally dead

Editorial, Alberni Valley News, March 8 2016

If there was anything attractive about the Raven coal mine proposal, it was jobs.

Then again, jobs at what price?

Stop wasting our time over Raven coal mine

Stacey Gaiga, Alberni Valley Times, March 17, 2015

Port Alberni - Congratulations is in order to the City's appointed Raven Coal committee!

They've been vindicated, considering what this paper wrote about the two local residents on the committee and the four experts in various fields who live elsewhere.

Coal mine application withdrawn

Eric Plummer, Alberni Valley Times, March 4, 2015

A coal mine that would have sent product to Port Alberni for shipment oversees has withdrawn its application after provincial regulators identified concerns with the proposed project. After a month of review, British Columbia's Environmental Assessment Office informed Compliance Energy Corporation on Monday that its latest submission for the Raven Underground Coal Project was insufficient to proceed through the regulatory process. [Correction: The applicant, Compliance Coal Corp., advised the BC EAO that it was withdrawing its application. The EAO had not yet written to the applicant.]

Local committee critical of Raven coal mine application

Eric Plummer, Alberni Valley Times, February 19, 2015

A committee assembled to evaluate the Raven coal mine's current application to provincial regulators gave a scathing report on the proposed project to city council on Tuesday.

Raven Coal figures ‘inflated’: Armstrong

Katya Slepian, Alberni Valley News, Feb 19, 2015

Compliance Coal’s Raven Underground Coal Mine application presents neither a solid business case nor does it properly portray environmental risks posed to the Alberni Valley, said Jane Armstrong, member of the city’s select committee set up to provide input on the latest Raven Coal environmental review process.

Mike Ruttan worries about Raven Coal Mine's impact on Port Alberni

CBC On The Island, February 4 2015

The Compliance Coal Corporation put in a new application for the Raven Coal Mine in the Comox Valley. Mike Ruttan is the mayor of Port Alberni, one of the communities that will be affected by the mine.

On The Island host Gregor Craigie talks with Mayor Ruttan about the impacts that the proposed mine will have on Port Alberni, its roads, harbour, air and residents.

Mayor Ruttan on the purported economic benefits to Port Alberni: "The ship ... would only come in once every two weeks. ... In terms of economic impact on balance it potentially would cost us more ... than we would ever make." 4:30

Early take: "There doesn't seem to be much to recommend the project to city residents." 6:30

Click here to listen to the discussion.

Raven mine review committee members

Alberni Valley Times, February 4, 2015

Note: In November 2014, Port Alberni residents, Maggie Paquet and Jane Armstrong argued that the Port Alberni council should establish an ad hoc committee to be made up of volunteer experts to advise city council and city manager Ken Watson during the 30-day screening of the application for an environmental assessment of the proposed Raven Underground Coal Project.

Council agreed, and this news item lists the members of that ad hoc committee.

City needs to step up over coal port: delegation

Katya Slepian, Alberni Valley News, Nov 13, 2014

The City of Port Alberni has taken a proactive step with regard to the re-application by Compliance Coal’s Raven coal project.

Coal mine prepares for regulator

Eric Plummer,  Alberni Valley Times, October 17, 2014

A proposed Comox Valley coal mine is preparing another application to provincial regulators - a development that, if approved, would truck one million tonnes of coal to Port Alberni each year for shipment overseas.

Company looks to upgrade railway

Eric Plummer, Alberni Valley Times, February 7, 2014

Southern Railway hopes to bring trains back the Alberni Valley if the Raven coal mine gets approval

Trucking only option for mine

Eric Plummer, Alberni Valley Time, Jan 22 2014

Company behind the Raven coal mine estimates railway transport to Valley would cost $300 million

The proposed Raven coal mine would increase traffic through Cathedral Grove by three loaded trucks an hour, but bring 70 jobs to the Alberni Valley, says the mining company's vice-president.

Raven Coal Project fails the test on First Nations consultation

Shayne Morrow, Ha-Shilth-Sa, May 22, 2013

The proponents of the Raven Underground Coal Project have failed to address the issue of aboriginal rights and title, according to Tseshaht First Nation.

On May 16, the provincial Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) informed Compliance Coal Corporation CEO John Tapics that his application for an environmental assessment certificate failed to meet the requirements to move to the detailed review stage.

City councillor and MLA agree with B.C.'s Raven Coal decision

Julie Bertrand, Alberni Valley Times, May 22, 2013

Fraser said public scrutiny makes government stricter

Many people in the Alberni Valley applaud Victoria's decision to reject Compliance Coal's application for the Raven Underground Coal Mine Project, even those who are in favour of it.

Shellfish group asks for support against Raven

The Alberni Valley Times, March 28, 2013

The B.C. Shellfish Growers' Association executive director Roberta Stevenson asked city council for support against the Raven Underground Coal Mine Project on Monday.

Raven Coal Project did not include rail benefit

Stacey Gaiga, Alberni Valley Times, March 13, 2015

Port Alberni - This letter was mistakenly published in the March 10 Alberni Valley Times with additional material not written by Stacey Gaiga. The Times regrets the error. Here is the original letter in its entirety. [March 10 version]

Compliance Energy dangled the rail option like a carrot to our community since Raven coal's inception because certain officials in Port Alberni are train aficionados whose sole focus and desire is to revive rail; everything else is irrelevant.

Coal’s not usual business

David Stern, Alberni Valley Times, Feb 28 2013

There was an interesting moment at Monday’s council meeting regarding the proposed Raven Coal mine. Councillor Jack McLeman brought a motion to have discussions with the Port Authority, Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations, the ACRD and last but surely not least the public about the implications of Raven Coal using Port Alberni’s port to dump, store and ship about a million tonnes of coal per year.

Snowfall takes Valley by surprise

Julie Bertrand, Alberni Valley Times, January 09, 2013

Dangerous winter driving conditions cause three motor vehicle accidents and Highway 4 closure

Snow came back to the Alberni Valley yesterday afternoon with a vengeance.

CoalWatch presentation at Citizens for a Local Economy forum in Port Alberni

Coalwatch President John Snyder's presentation at Citizens for a Local Economy event in Port Alberni, November 8, 2012

Residents need to realize coal is not good for city

Ellen Chambers, Alberni Valley Times, November 14, 2012

Last Thursday evening, passions ran high at a gathering sponsored by the Citizens for a Local Economy.

Representatives from numerous community organizations came out to hear speeches delivered by Kelly Drybrough and John Snyder.

More attention should be focussed on coal project

John Snyder, Alberni Valley Times, August 14, 2012

I took the opportunity to attend the recent Port Alberni Port Authority (PAPA) AGM to listen to any comments they might have on the proposed coal port designated for Port Alberni. Much to my surprise, not one word was mentioned about the proposed coal port during their presentation.

Property taxes shouldn't be hiked for rail

Editorial, Alberni Valley Times, August 01, 2012

It's definitely worth investing some public funds into the E&N Railway to ensure the struggling line doesn't disappear. But there are limits.

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