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Coal will discourage people from moving here

Jane Martin, Alberni Valley Times, July 21, 2011

I am dead set against bringing a legacy energy substance like coal in to tarnish Port Alberni's slowly improving reputation.

The use of coal-fired ovens near the harbour created a very dirty town for decades, and now is the time for moving forward.

Council needs to reject coal now, not wait for enviro assessment

Stacey Gaiga, Alberni Valley Times, July 18, 2011

City council may think they've finally taken a step in the right direction after several delegations asked them to submit a letter to the Canadian Environmental Assessment agency, requesting the current comprehensive environmental review process for Raven Coal be referred to an independent review panel with public hearings, however this same request had already been submitted by thousands of people over the past year and it has already been denied by the Environmental Assessment Office.

No sale on coal port even with offer of jobs

Stacey Gaiga, Alberni Valley Times, June 22, 2011

Re: "Exports will create jobs," (Alberni Valley Times, June 21)

How much more clear do we have to be, to get Mr. Tapics to comprehend that his coal project is not welcomed here?

ACRD gains seat at coal table

By Wawmeesh G. Hamilton, Alberni Valley News, June 16, 2011

The Alberni Clayoquot Regional District has a chip in the high stakes coal shipping game in Port Alberni.

The ACRD board appointed its chief administrative officer Russell Dyson as their representative to the projects joint working group.

Mine will make road only worse

Rosemary Baxter, Comox Valley Echo, June 14, 2011

We've had to make six trips over the twisting road to Port Alberni over the last month and the traffic has been constantly heavy and challenging.

Coal mine jobs not worth the cost to the Valley

Marusha Taylor, Alberni Valley Times, June 10, 2011

At the public meeting held here, the president and CEO of Compliance Coal seemed uncertain of the number of jobs which would be generated by his project. Asked several times about this, his estimates ranged from "two full-time equivalents" to several hundreds in spinoff jobs. The preliminary report, which many of us saw, put the estimate at about 20, a paltry number for a project which will last 16 years.

We should put coal port to a referendum

Bill Randles, Alberni Valley Times, June 09, 2011

There has been much debate in our community over a proposed coal storage and shipping facility on our waterfront. There have been a number of meetings and presentations and many groups and individuals have researched and shared information regarding the project.

Opposition to coal port has drowned out supporters, for now

Keri Sculland, Alberni Valley Times, June 9, 2011

After three public meetings, I'd say the citizens of Courtenay, Port Alberni and Union Bay spoke their opinions loud and clear on the environmental aspect of coal.

Massive Mine Proposal Meets Massive Public Opposition

Media Release, CoalWatch and Wilderness Committee, June 6, 2011

About 1,500 people attended last week’s public meetings.

The proposal for a massive underground coal mine in the Comox Valley met
overwhelming opposition at all three environmental assessment public meetings that took place last week in Courtenay, Port Alberni, and Union Bay.

“It’s obvious the public has deep concerns about the proposed coal mine and the approval process,” said CoalWatch Comox Valley president John Snyder after the final public meeting concluded in Union Bay Friday night.

Public opposition obvious at coal meeting

Keri Sculland, Alberni Valley Times, June 06, 2011

The public coal environmental assessment meeting held Thursday evening at the Alberni Athletic Hall sent a clear message that coal is not welcome in the Alberni Valley.

Images from the Port Alberni meeting by Maggie Paquet


From the Port Alberni Public Meeting, June 2 2011. Photos by Maggie Paquet.

Images from the Port Alberni meeting by Carolyn Walton







From the Port Alberni Public Meeting, June 2 2011. All photos by Carolyn Walton, Journalist/Photographer, Words by Walton, 778-424-6249,,

Alberni plays host to coal debate

Keri Sculland, Alberni Valley Times, June 02, 2011

Residents fill Alberni Athletic Hall Thursday afternoon to learn more about proposed coal project and voice concerns

EA meeting Port Alberni - Alberni Valley TimesFrom the moment the Alberni Athletic Hall opened its doors to the public, the high number of people streaming in was a clear reflection of just how important the coal meeting is to the residents of the Alberni Valley.

Walking through the front doors, representatives from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency were prepared to greet people and hand off a number of printed documents for them to read. A box, situated near the entrance to the gym, let people sign up to ask their questions to a panel of experts from the provincial and federal governments, along with representatives from the Raven Underground Coal Project.

Port Alberni says NO to the Raven mine!

CoalWatch News, June 3, 2011

EA Public Meeting for the Raven Mine in Port Alberni

Hundreds came to the public meeting to tell the environmental assessment agencies and Compliance Coal Corp that the don't want the Raven coal mine and they don't want their harbour and streets used as a shipping port for the coal.

Lively coal meeting expected Thursday

Shayne Morrow, Alberni Valley Times, June 01, 2011

If the public meeting held Monday night in Courtenay-Comox is any indication, Thursday evening's event to discuss the Raven Underground Coal Project should be a spirited affair.

City council joins call for coal port review

Jane Armstrong, Alberni Valley Times, May 31, 2011

The Port Alberni City Council is to be congratulated for adding its name to many neighbouring municipalities plus dozens of organizations and individuals calling for an Independent Review Panel for the Raven coal project. The communities affected by the coal project deserve nothing less than the best the law provides.

Coal is a killer and we should not allow it here

Maggie Paquet, Alberni Valley Times, Monday, May 30, 2011

Geez, maybe we should all quit wasting our time with this whole issue. Coal is obviously an inert, beneficial mineral that we should all embrace with open arms.

Alberni city council calls for independent coal panel

By Wawmeesh G. Hamilton, Alberni Valley News, May 26, 2011

Port Alberni has added its name to the list of municipalities calling for the Raven Coal Mine project to be examined by an independent review panel.

Activist slams coal port in song

Keri Sculland, Alberni Valley Times, May 27, 2011

"Pristine waters, Ultimate Fishing Town, that's my kind of place," twangy country musician Barry Bruyere starts off his anti-coal song, How About NO!

Hump survey tracks trucks

Shayne Morrow, Alberni Valley Times, May 26, 2011

Heavy vehicle count attempts to predict total B-train flow if coal moves by highway

Coal activist Chris Alemany has released the results of a truck traffic survey he conducted during the months of February and May.

Port Alberni Council supports an Expert Panel Review

CoalWatch News, May 25, 2011

At its meeting on May 24, Port Alberni City Council voted to send a letter to the appropriate governments requesting an Expert Panel Review for the Raven Underground Coal Project. The vote followed a presentation by the Alberni Environmental Coalition which outlined the differences between the comprehensive review and the expert panel review.

Minutes of the meeting are not available this soon following the meeting, but will be posted on the City's website.

Labour council shares concerns over coal

Nancy Czigany, Alberni Valley Times, May 17, 2011

On Thursday, May 12, Cindy Solda, a Port Alberni city councillor was interviewed by CBC Radio's "On the Island" about the Raven Underground Coal Mine Project.

Raven shares mine project plans with city council

Heather Thomson, Alberni Valley Times, April 28, 2011

Members of Port Alberni's city council had an opportunity to get a taste of what the Raven Coal project will be like last week.

"They showed us their plans, and answered a lot of our questions," Mayor Ken McRae said.

Tsunami risk and coal is a serious matter

Stacey Gaiga, Alberni Valley Times, April 26, 2011

An investment firm peddling Raven Coal shares quoted president John Tapics about the proposed 80,000 tonne coal storage facility for location at the Port Alberni Port Authority, "recent concerns voiced in light of the Japanese earthquake with respect to the risk of a coal stock pile washing into the ocean are nonsensical. While no one is arguing that a tsunami risk exists at Port Alberni, [Tapics] says that a small pile of washed coal would be the least of the town's concerns when houses and human lives are at stake."

Council on the fence on coal port

Heather Thomson, Alberni Valley Times, April 14, 2011

Port Alberni city council is not ready to choose sides on a growing debate over coal.

After a detailed presentation from Norine Messer, the participant co-ordinator with the Alberni Environmental Coalition, council was noncommittal on how they stand on the issue.

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