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Coalition enlists mine consultant

Lise Billingsley, Alberni Valley Times, April 06, 2011

Environmental group hires coal expert to assess environmental, social, health effects

The Alberni Environmental Coalition is preparing a study that will assess the soci-economic impact and health effects of the proposed Raven Coal Mine on the Alberni and Comox valleys.

It's only a matter of time

Lise Billingsley, Alberni Valley Times, March 18, 2011

Coal port in tsunami zone may be bad idea

Local activists are concerned about the environmental and health risks of a coal port situated on Port Alberni's waterfront. The port, which would serve the proposed Raven Coal Mine, would sit in the Alberni Inlet in an area designated "high risk" for a tsunami.

Coal in a tsunami zone does not make sense

Stacey Gaiga, Alberni Valley Times, March 11, 2011

The Port Alberni Port Authority is a regulating authority for the Raven Underground Coal Environmental Assessment Review Process currently underway, that proposes to put an 80,000 tonne coal storage facility on the wharf, above the ocean at the Port Alberni Port Authority.

Concerns valid over shipping coal from Port

David Stern, Alberni Valley Times, March 07, 2011

In 1999, the Port Alberni Port Authority was gazetted by the Government of Canada as the successor corporation of the Port Alberni Harbour Commission.

Negatives of coal not worth it for 21 jobs

Jane Armstrong, Alberni Valley Times, March 03, 2011

Re: "Coal mining is around," (Alberni Valley Times, Feb 28)

Yes, coal was processed in the late 1800s at Union Bay and remediation is still underway today. A paper presented at the 2005 Remediation Technologies Symposium on the problems posed by the 13 hectares of coal waste on the shore of Union Bay laid out the chemicals leaching out of the coal waste that exceeded guidelines or standards.

Coal-free Alberni's website is up

Lise Billingsley, Alberni Valley Times, February 28, 2011

Stacey Gaiga, a vocal opponent of the proposed Raven Underground Coal Project, now has a virtual place to call home.

Last week she launched her website, coalfreealberni.ca.

Stacey Gaiga on Port Alberni as a coal port

Stacey Gaiga, Commonsense Canadian, February 19, 2011

Stacey Gaiga

Rafe Mair stands up and speaks out

Heather Thomson, Alberni Valley Times, February 21, 2011

More than 300 people gathered at the high school to hear from outspoken radio personality Rafe Mair, and he didn't disappoint.

Community needs more support, less coal plans

Stacey Gaiga, Alberni Valley Times, February 16, 2011

It is so great to see people like the Gentleman family and Will Pulford and his fiancé Chelsey, along with Pat Deakin, Blake Johnson and Lee Blais pushing for success, by taking advantage of the natural beautiful of our Valley and promoting Port Alberni's assets and features.

In Northwest, a Clash Over a Coal Operation

By WILLIAM YARDLEY, New York Times, February 14, 2011

SEATTLE — A plan to build the United States’ first West Coast facility for exporting coal to Asia has come under increased scrutiny after the disclosure of documents suggesting that the company proposing the project did not convey the full scope of its plans to state regulators here in Washington.

Westshore provides glimpse of Longview's potential future with coal

By Erik Olson, The Daily News, Longview WA, February 12, 2011

TSAWWASSEN, British Columbia — Mounted with a 200-foot arm, the giant reclaimer stacker at Roberts Bank looks like huge saw blade as it cuts into a two-story tall mound of coal.

Council is missing point on whole coal debate

Stacey Gaiga, Alberni Valley Times, January 25, 2011

I'd like to reiterate your news coverage of the general consensus of those who attended the recent public meeting held by the city. The reason no one showed up to listen to them pontificate their budget is because, any opinions or concerns addressed by residents, who are subjected to their asinine decisions, falls on deaf ears.

Groups gear up for talks on coal

Keri Sculland, Alberni Valley Times, January 20, 2011

A number of coal lobbyists, for and against the possible export, have come together to voice their concerns and ensure an environmental assessment will be complete.

Groups get together to assess coal

Keri Sculland, Alberni Valley Times, January 17, 2011

Whether they support coal by rail, truck or not at all, people gathered on Friday night to support one common interest: environmental assessment.

The fundraiser and potluck dinner, hosted by Trinity Church, drew a fair crowd to enjoy good music, good food and conversation.

First Nations join in coal dialogue

Shayne Morrow, Alberni Valley Times, January 14, 2011

Tseshaht and Hupacasath added to list of stakeholders who will provide input during environmental review process

The Raven Underground Coal Project environmental assessment process has expanded to include two First Nations whose traditional territories could be affected by the development of a coal port on the Port Alberni waterfront.

AEC invites expert to come talk

Keri Sculland, Alberni Valley Times, January 14, 2011

The Alberni Environmental Coalition will be engaging in a socio-economic impact analysis of the Raven Underground Coal Project proposal slated to export coal out of Port Alberni.

Joan Kuyek, who conducted similar studies on the B.C. Prosperity Mine proposal, will lead the study and write the final analysis.

Port falls outside of Raven zones

Shayne Morrow, Alberni Valley Times, January 13, 2011

The Alberni Environmental Coalition has expressed concerns that the provincial environmental assessment for the Raven Underground Coal Project does not include the Alberni Valley.

AEC calls on expert to look into coal

Keri Sculland, Alberni Valley Times, December 30, 2010

The Alberni Environmental Coalition will be engaging in a socio-economic impact analysis of the Raven Underground Goal Mine Project proposal slated to export coal out of Port Alberni.

Coalition looks into positive and negative coal outcomes

Keri Sculland, Alberni Valley Times, December 08, 2010

Citizens have begun to self-educate and set goals for applications to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency for participatory funding.

Coal Free Alberni is gaining momentum

Keri Sculland, Alberni Valley Times, November 30, 2010

What started out as an educational forum for the people of Port Alberni has developed into an organization against the export of coal through the deep sea port.

Coal Free Alberni, as the organization is called, is fighting the proposed Raven Underground Coal Project.

Labour Opposes Mine

Comox Valley Echo, November 26, 2010

Another group has voiced their opposition to the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine project.

The Port Alberni and District Labour Council voted unanimously to oppose the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine at a regular meeting last week.

Labour council rejects Raven Coal Project

Shayne Morrow, Alberni Valley Times, November 26, 2010

The Port Alberni and District Labour Council has unanimously rejected the Raven Underground Coal Project, despite the company's promise of high-paying jobs in the Alberni Valley.

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