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Raven re-submits application for coal mine near Buckley Bay

John Harding, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Feb 3, 2015

Compliance Energy has re-submitted its application for a coal mine less than 50 kilometres from downtown Qualicum Beach.

CoalWatch Prepares for Next Phase of Raven Coal Review

Media Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley, February 2, 2015

CoalWatch Comox Valley Society has learned the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) has received the latest Application for Environmental Certificate and Environmental Impact Statement (Application/EIS) from Compliance Coal Corporation for the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine Project near Fanny Bay, BC.

Compliance lets another deadline pass for coal mine application

Candace Wu, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Dec 30, 2014

Compliance Energy didn't get any coal for Christmas.

Stephen Ellis, Compliance's CEO, said the company will not make its latest self-imposed deadline of Dec. 31 to get an application submitted to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) to open a controversial coal mine less than 50 kilometres from downtown Qualicum Beach.

Asked when people can expect an application to be submitted, Ellis told The NEWS "early next year."

Raven Mine Application/EIS screening likely to commence within days

Information Notice, CoalWatch Comox Valley, October 27, 2014

The BC EAO has indicated Compliance Coal is now in the process of distributing it’s revised Application/EIS to the Working Group members. Once the Working Group members have received the revised Application/EIS, and the EAO has received the Application/EIS as well, the screening/evaluation commences to see if the Application/EIS contains all of the required information.

Gov't expecting to receive new application for Raven coal mine in the next few weeks

Candace Wu, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Oct 21, 2014

Stephen Ellis said he's "confident" his company will re-submit another application by the end of 2014 to open a coal mine.

Ellis is the CEO of Compliance Energy, a company looking to open Raven Coal mine near Buckley Bay, less than 50 kilometres from downtown Qualicum Beach.

Raven Mine Application nearly ready for regulators

Information Notice, CoalWatch Comox Valley, October 15 2014

On October 10, 2014, the BC Environmental Assessment Office ( BC EAO) sent out a memo to the Working Group on the Raven Coal Mine Project, that Compliance Coal Corp. intends to resubmit its Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate ( Application) for the proposed Raven Coal Mine Project in the next few weeks.

BC Conference of the United Church asks Port Metro Vancouver to reject US coal exports

News Release, BC Conference of the United Church of Canada, June 2 2014

British Columbia Conference of the United Church of Canada asks Port Metro Vancouver to reject US coal exports

--- province wide motion calls on Port Authority to reject application from Fraser Surrey Docks to export US thermal coal

Coal mine application rejection not vindication for environmental review

John Snyder, Comox Valley Record, June 10 2013

Dear editor,

Re: Comox Valley Record June 3 editorial “Road for coal mine project will be long and winding.”

I would like to take issue with the premise in the recent CV Record editorial, that the recent rejection of the Raven Coal Mine Application is a validation of the process that has been questioned or maligned by opponents of the proposed mine overlooking Baynes Sound.

Road for coal mine project will be long and winding

Editorial, Comox Valley Record, June 03, 2013

Rejection of the Raven Underground Coal Project by the provincial Environmental Assessment Office is not a knockout punch.

Nor is the B.C. government’s announcement that it opposes Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline a death knell for that project.

“Do-over”? Why was Compliance application deficient?

John Snyder, Tide-Change, May 30 2013

Now that the dust has settled from the recent Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) rejection of the Compliance Coal Corporation (Compliance) Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate (Application), a review of the major information gaps in the Application raises some interesting questions.

Raven will re-submit

John Harding, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, May 22, 2013

Stephen Ellis says Compliance Coal remains undeterred.

The vice-president of the company behind the proposed Raven Coal Mine near Buckley Bay says Compliance plans to re-submit its application after the provincial environmental assessment office (EAO) rejected the company's first attempt last week.

Raven underground coal mine application sent back to company

Scott Stanfield, Comox Valley Record, May 22, 2013

In an initial screening, the provincial Environmental Assessment Office has rejected the application from the proponents of the Raven underground coal mine proposal near Baynes Sound.

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.

CBC & K'omox First Nation: Waiting for answers

Melissa Quocksister of K'omox First Nation talks with
David Lennam of CBC's All Points West, May 22 2013

The Raven Coal Mine in the Comox Valley has been put on hold because of a lack of consultation plans with Aboriginal communities. We hear where the K'omox First Nation stands on the proposed mine.

Click here to listen to the podcast

CBC: Set back for King Coal on Vancouver Island

Stephen Ellis of Compliance Energy talks with
Gregor Craigie of CBC's On the Island, May 22 2013

Click here to listen to the podcast

CBC: Clipping the wings of the Raven Coal Mine

Torrance Coste of the Wilderness Committe talks with
David Lennam of CBC's All Points West, May 21 2013

BC's environmental assessment office has rejected an application from the controversial project in the Comox Valley. This program aired on May 21, and was recorded on May 17.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

Compliance Energy says it will resubmit the Raven Mine Application to the EAO

News Release, Compliance Energy Corp., May 21 2013

"The Company and its consultants ... plan to ... resubmit the Application for further review once the [EAO's] comments have been adequately addressed."

CoalWatch: EAO makes decision to reject Raven Coal Mine application

Press Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley, May 21, 2013

The provincial Environmental Assessment Office has decided not to accept the Raven Coal Mine Application for detailed review. In a May 16th letter to John Tapics, CEO of Compliance Coal Corporation, the EAO refers to “the major information requirements” the EAO considers not to have been adequately addressed in Compliance’s submission.

Province rejects 12,000-page application for massive Raven coal mine on Vancouver Island

Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist, May 17, 2013

Plans for a massive underground coal mine south of Courtenay, near Buckley Bay, suffered a major blow Friday with provincial rejection of Compliance Coal Corp.’s application for the Raven Underground Coal Project.

Raven coal mine proposal rejected

John Harding, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, May 17, 2013

The B.C. Environmental Assessment Office announced Thursday it rejected the application for Compliance Energy's proposed Raven Coal Mine near Buckley Bay.

Comox Valley coal mine application unsuitable for environmental assessment

Comox Valley Record, May 17 2013

The provincial Environment Assessment Office (EAO) has decided not to accept a Raven coal mine application for detailed review.

Vancouver Island coal mine application rejected

CBC News, May 17, 2013

B.C. Environmental Assessment office highlights [hundreds of*] deficiencies in report

A controversial application to open a coal mine in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island has been rejected as inadequate by the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office.

BC Environmental Assessment Office sends Raven Mine application back for revisions

Tracy James, BC Environmental Assessment Office, May 16 2013
  Letter to John Tapics, Compliance Coal Corp.
  Regarding the Application for the Raven Underground Coal Project

"EAO has decided that the Application does not contain the required information and has decided not to accept the Application for detailed review."

"EAO has prepared a summary document that identifies the major information requirements that EAO considers not to have been adequately addressed as per the approved AIR (Attachment A). Should Compliance wish to revise and resubmit its Application to EAO for evaluation, we request that Compliance first incorporate into the Application the information identified in Attachment A."

Click here for this letter from Tracy James to John Tapics concerning the requirements which have not been adequately addressed.

Click here for Appendix A to the letter, detailing the requirements which have not been adequately addressed.

Click here for the letter from Tracy James to John Tapics concerning the adequacy of the public consultations.

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