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Raven coal application lacks information: EAO

Eric Plummer, Alberni Valley Times, March 17, 2015

A proposed coal mine that would ship its product from Port Alberni has brought up a long list of questions with B.C.'s Environmental Assessment Office.

EAO Evaluation of Raven Coal Mine Application Reveals Missing Information

Press Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley, March 16 2015

On March 11, 2015 the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) released to the public, the draft Application Evaluation Comments tracking table for Compliance Coal Corporation’s (Compliance) Environmental Assessment Certificate Application (Application) for the proposed Raven Coal Mine Project submitted on January 30, 2015.

Compliance pulls Raven Coal project application citing 'misinformation'

Drew A. Penner, Comox Valley Echo, March 6, 2015

Opponents claim victory, at least for now

Compliance Coal Corp. has voluntarily pulled the additional documentation it submitted to the BC Environmental Assessment Office for the Raven Underground Coal Mine in January, but is vowing to make good on the $20 million invested in the project so far.

Application for Raven coal mine withdrawn

John Harding, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Mar 5, 2015

The plan for a coal mine less than 50 kilometres from downtown Qualicum Beach is dead.

Maybe.

Raven Coal application was about to be booted, says Tseshaht

Shane Morrow, Ha-Shilth-Sa, March 5 2015

Port Alberni — A Tseshaht representative on the Raven Coal Working Group believes parent company Compliance Energy Corporation withdrew its application for an environmental assessment because it was almost certain to be rejected by the province. On March 2, in a letter to the associate deputy minister of the Environment, Compliance CEO Stephen Ellis advised that he was withdrawing the application on the basis of “misinformation that is circulating in some communities.”

Raven Coal mine project in Comox Valley stalls

Nelson Bennett, Times Colonist, March 4 2015

Low prices seen as a factor as Compliance Energy Corp. withdraws application

A Vancouver-based junior coal mining company that wants to build an underground coal mine in the Comox Valley has withdrawn at the last minute from an environmental screening, just as the Environmental Assessment Office was set to make a ruling.

Raven Coal Mine application withdrawn

Scott Stanfield, Comox Valley Record, March 4 2015

For the time being, Compliance Coal Corporation has withdrawn its Raven Coal Mine application from a provincial screening process while it attempts to clear up some misconceptions about the project.

But the company still plans to forge ahead with its contentious proposal near Baynes Sound.

WIN! Compliance withdraws its application for the Raven coal mine

Brent Patterson, Council of Canadians, March 4 2015

The Council of Canadians Comox Valley chapter has been opposing the Raven coal mine for almost five years.

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.]

Coal company withdraws proposal for contentious mine on Vancouver Island

Mark Hume, The Globe and Mail, March 3 2015

VANCOUVER — A controversial proposal to mine more than 16 million tons of coal in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island has been withdrawn in the face of growing criticism about the negative impacts it could have on rich shellfish and salmon grounds.

Raven Coal mine proponent pulls application at the last minute

Nelson Bennett, Business in Vancouver, March 3 2015

A Vancouver junior coal mining company that wants to build an underground coal mine in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island has withdrawn at the last minute from an environmental screening, just as the Environmental Assessment Office was set to make a ruling.

Raven coal mine: Compliance Energy withdraws application

On The Island, CBC News, Mar 03, 2015

Company behind the Raven coal mine says 'misinformation' is circulating about the controversial project

John Snyder on CBC's On the Island: Compliance withdraws application

On the Island, CBC, March 3 2015

Host Gregor Craigie talks with CoalWatch President John Snyder about Compliance Coal Corp. withdrawing its application from the environmental assessment screening process.

Click here to listen to the discussion.

Click here to visit On the Island's website.

Raven Coal Mine proposal withdrawn ahead of Environmental Assessment Office decision

News Release, Wilderness Committee, March 3 2015

Wilderness Committee calls on company to leave Vancouver Island for good

VICTORIA – Compliance Energy, the proponent of the controversial Raven Coal Mine proposal, has withdrawn its revised application just hours before the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) was set to announce whether or not the application would advance to final environmental review.

Compliance Coal Withdraws Its Raven Coal Application

Press Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley, March 3, 2015

A notice posted March 2, 2015 on the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) website indicates that Compliance Coal Corporation (Compliance) has withdrawn its Raven Coal Mine Project from the EAO screening/evaluation process.

Compliance Coal Corp. pulls its Application

Stephen Ellis, Compliance Coal Corp., March 2 2015

Mr. Doug Caul
Associate Deputy Minister
Ministryof Environment
PO Box 9426, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC  V9W 9V1

Dear Mr. Caul,

We received some misinformation that is circulating in some communities regarding the Raven Project and believe it is appropriate that we withdraw the project from the screening process at this time. We provide this letter as our notice to withdraw our three volume Addendum resubmission from the Environmental Application office forth with.

Don't hurry Raven approval

Editorial, Times Colonist, February 11 2015

The proposed Raven Coal Mine near Fanny Bay faces an uphill battle. That’s the way it should be. The developers must prove that economic benefits outweigh environmental risks, and the provincial government must put the protection of B.C. and its people ahead of short-term profits.

Compliance submits revised application for proposed Raven coal mine

Michael Briones, Comox Valley Echo, February 6, 2015

Despite growing opposition, Compliance Coal Corporation continues to pursue its Raven Underground Coal Mine Project near Fanny Bay.

Raven mine application submitted for assessment by environmental office

Eric Plummer, Alberni Valley Times, February 4, 2015

A provincial regulator's assessment of a mine that could bring three truckloads of coal to Port Alberni each hour is underway.

Public input on the Raven Underground Coal Project is expected to begin in March if the application proceeds.

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.

Company renews effort to open Raven Coal Mine on Island

Lindsay Kines, Times Colonist, Feb 4 2015

A Vancouver company is once again seeking government approval for a coal mine near Buckley Bay, much to the dismay of environmental groups and shellfish growers in Baynes Sound.

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