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Lawsuit of the week: Raven coal mine project unlawfully sacrificed on the altar of B.C. government’s natural gas pipe dream, coal company claims

Business in Vancouver, March 28, 2017

Compliance Coal Corp. is suing the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEEA) and the federal and provincial governments, claiming the approval process for a coal mining ...

Paperwork finalized on Raven coal mine termination

Comox Valley Record, April 12, 2016

In a letter dated April 4, 2016 the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) informed Compliance Coal Corporation (Compliance) that the Environmental Assessment (EA) review for the Raven Coal Mine Project had been terminated.

'Final nail in coffin' for Raven coal mine

John Harding, Parksville - Qualicum Beach News, April 12, 2016

Any suggestions the Raven coal mine project near Buckley Bay could still happen were quashed last week when the the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) terminated its review of the Raven project.

Raven Coal demise should spark a better direction

Torrance Coste, Times Colonist, April 10 2016

Late on Wednesday, B.C’s Environmental Assessment Office pulled the plug on its review of the Raven Coal project. The decision to terminate the review is the final nail in the coffin for Raven Coal and a victory for the communities that fought this proposal for more than six years.

For Raven coal mine opponents, relief as project is terminated

Lindsay Kines, Times Colonist, April 8 2016

Opponents of the proposed Raven coal mine near Courtenay are celebrating after the B.C. government pulled the plug on the controversial project.

The province terminated the mine’s environmental assessment this week after Compliance Energy Corp. failed to submit the information required by government officials.

BC Finally Terminates Environmental Assessment for Raven Coal Mine

News Release, Wilderness Committee, April 7, 2016

Baynes Sound - Downstream from terminated Raven Coal MineVICTORIA – The Wilderness Committee is celebrating an announcement by the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) late yesterday afternoon, which terminated the assessment for the proposed Raven Coal Mine in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.
The Wilderness Committee has stood in opposition to the proposed mine for six years because of the risks to local water quality, ecosystems, public safety, more sustainable industries and our shared climate.

BC EAO Terminates Environmental Assessment of Raven Underground Coal Project

CoalWatch News, April 6, 2016

On April 4, 2016, Kevin Jardine, Executive Director of the BC Environmental Assessment Office sent a letter to James O'Rourke, Chairman of Compliance Energy Corp., in which he states that he has decided to terminate the environmental assessment for the Raven Underground Coal Project.

EAO to Compliance ex-Chairman O'Rourke: advise if you intend to proceed with the environmental assessment of Raven project

Shelley Murphy, BC Environmental Assessment Office, February 26 2016

James (Jim) O’Rourke, Chairman
Compliance Coal Corporation
Suite 550 - 800 West Pender Street
Vancouver BC V6C 2V6

Dear Mr. O’Rourke:

I am writing to you in follow up to the letter dated August 25, 2015, from Mr. Steve Ellis, then President and Chief Operating Officer of Compliance Coal Corporation (Compliance).

Environment Minister Polack says Raven Project decision by end of March

CoalWatch News, March 2 2016

During debate on the Ministry of Environment Budget Estimates on March 1, the MLA for Alberni-Qualicum, Scott Fraser, asked Environment Minister Mary Polack:

"When will this environmental assessment [for the Raven Underground Mine Project] be brought to a close?"

Minister Polack replied:

"The member outlined the timeline on this project. The environmental assessment office can, as a result of this time delay, decide to update the information requirements, or they can choose to terminate the environmental assessment. That's allowable to them under the Environmental Assessment Act. They intend, I am advised, to make those decisions by the end of March - so, the end of this month."

Courtenay coal mine executives, resign, company deemed insolvent

Lindsay Kines, Times Colonist, March 2 2016

The directors of the company behind the proposed Raven coal mine near Courtenay have resigned in what opponents hope is the “final nail in the coffin” for the project.

Compliance resignations the last nail in the Raven Coal Project coffin

Press Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley Society, February 29 2016

In light of the February 26, 2016 press release by Compliance Energy Corporation (Compliance) that the board members and company officers have resigned, it appears the final chapter of the Raven Coal Mine Project saga is about to be written.

John Snyder talks with Pamela McCall on CFAX

Pamela McCall, CFAX1070, Sep 8 2015

The segment with John Snyder begins at 6:30.

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CoalWatch to EAO - restates request to terminate the Raven EA

Letter to EAO, CoalWatch Comox Valley Society, September 7 2015

CoalWatch Comox Valley Society
PO Box 157
Union Bay, BC V0R 3B0

Attn: Shelley Murphy
Executive Project Director
Environmental Assessment Office
Victoria, BC V8W 9V1

September 7, 2015

RE: Restatement of CoalWatch’s request to terminate the Environmental Assessment of the proposed Raven Coal Mine Project

Opponents call for termination of Raven Coal Mine application

Scott Stanfield, Comox Valley Record, Sep 2 2015

The Vancouver Island Wilderness Committee feels it’s time for the BC Environment Assessment Office to terminate the application process for the Raven Coal Mine.

B.C. accused of bias on Raven coal mine plan near Courtenay

Lindsay Kines, Times Colonist, Sep 2 2015

A Vancouver company behind the proposed Raven coal mine south of Courtenay has accused B.C.’s environmental assessment office of bias.

Junior coal miner slams BC Environmental Assessment Office

Nelson Bennett, Business In Vancouver, Sept 1 2015

A junior coal mining company that wants to build an underground coal mine on Vancouver Island is accusing the BC Environmental Assessment Office of being biased against the project and driving away investors.

CoalWatch: Compliance Coal letter to the EAO “Sour Grapes”

News Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley, September 5 2015

In a letter responding to the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) request for Compliance Coal Corporation’s (Compliance) plans regarding the proposed Raven Coal Mine Project, Compliance COO Stephen Ellis stated, “I see little merit in sitting down with the EAO to review Environmental Assessment (EA) options for the Raven Project.”

Raven Coal Mine proponent accuses BC review agency of bias

News Release, Wilderness Committee, August 31, 2015

Compliance fails to meet deadline to provide more information on project

VICTORIA – Today in an unexpected development, Compliance Energy Corporation accused the BC Environment Assessment Office (EAO) of bias. This accusation came after the company missed an important deadline to provide the office with critical information regarding its Raven Coal Mine proposal on Vancouver Island.

Compliance Coal: EAO not treating fairly the Raven EA review.

Letter to the BC EAO, Compliance Coal Corp., August 25, 2015

550 – 800 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2V6
Tel: 604-689-0489 Fax: 604-681-5910

August 25, 2015

Ms. Shelley Murphy
Executive Project Director
BC Environment Assessment Office
PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9V1

CoalWatch to Raven coal proponents: 'Time to fish or cut bait'

Candace Wu, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Aug 13, 2015

Compliance Coal Corporation has less than three weeks to save its bid to build a coal mine near Buckley Bay, less than 50 kilometres from Qualicum Beach.

The Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) is giving Compliance until August 28 to submit more information about its proposed Raven coal mine operation.

Coalwatch applauds EAO action requesting Raven Coal Mine project plans

Press Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley, August 11 2015

On June 4, 2015 CoalWatch Comox Valley Society submitted a written request to the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) asking that the environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed Raven Coal Mine Project be terminated by the EAO.

"... the EAO has notified CoalWatch that ... the EAO requested Compliance Coal provide information on Compliance’s project plans and ... the continuation of the EA. The EAO requires this information by August 28, 2015."

CoalWatch Requests EAO to Terminate Raven Project Assessment

Letter, CoalWatch Comox Valley, June 4 2015

CoalWatch Comox Valley Society
PO Box 157
Union Bay, BC V0R 3B0

Attn: Shelley Murphy, Executive Project Director
Environmental Assessment Office
Victoria, BC V8W 9V1

June 4, 2015

Tseshaht demands termination of Raven Coal Project

Shane Morrow, Ha-Shilth-Sa, June 1 2015

Tseshaht First Nation has called on the provincial Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) to officially terminate the proposed Raven Underground Coal Project based on its failure to meet the statutory requirement to have a project application approved by June 7, 2015.

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