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Provincial EA

Raven will respond to public comment period

Keri Sculland, Alberni Valley Times, July 5, 2011

The public comment period for the Raven Underground Coal Project has come to an end, and Compliance Energy president and CEO John Tapics is pleased with the results.

Overwhelming Public Response To Coal Mine Proposal Shows The Risks Are Too Great, Says Coalwatch

News Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley, July 4, 2011

Public concern about the proposal for a massive underground coal mine in the Comox Valley is so overwhelming that it's time to put the brakes on this process, says CoalWatch Comox Valley.

Baynes Sound coal mine opposition called 'unprecedented'

By Staff Writer, Comox Valley Record, June 30, 2011

Nearly 2,000 people submitted comments about the proposed Raven underground coal mine in Baynes Sound during the 30-day public comment period that ended Monday — an unprecedented number in a provincial environmental assessment process, says the Wilderness Committee.

NDP wants more study into proposed mine's impact

Philip Round, Comox Valley Echo, June 28, 2011

The provincial NDP has formally weighed in on the Raven Coal Mine environmental assessment process - and it doesn't like way the issue is being handled.

Massive public opposition to mine proposal: 1,500 people attend three public meetings

Island Tides, June 16-29, 2011

Courtenay public meeting by Fireweed

Concerned citizens pack the house at a Raven Coal Mine Proposal hearing in
Courtenay on May 30. Photo by Fireweed

Raven Draft AIR - Selected Submissions

CoalWatch Comox Valley | Alberni Environmental Coalition
Groups & Organizations | Businesses | First Nations
Local Government & Representatives | Technical Submissions


CoalWatch Comox Valley

CoalWatch & AEC, Joan Kuyek, Socio-Economics, 03Jun2011

CoalWatch, Devlin Gailus, 24Jun2011

CoalWatch, Technical Experts Group, 27Jun2011

CoalWatch & 27 Other Organizations, 27Jun2011


Alberni Environmental Coalition

Alberni Environmental Coalition, Additional Items, 27Jun2011

Alberni Environmental Coalilition, Comments, 23Jun2011

Alberni Environmental Coalition, Air Quality, 21Jun2011

Alberni Environmental Coalition, Sustainability, 17Jun2011

CoalWatch & AEC, Joan Kuyek, Socio-Economics, 03Jun2011

CoalWatch & 27 Other Organizations, 27Jun2011


Groups and Organizations

Beachcombers Education Society, 26Jun2011

BC Shellfish Growers Assn, 25Jun2011

Citizens Stewardship Coalition, Port Alberni, Maggie Paquet, 25Jun2011

CoalWatch & AEC, Joan Kuyek, Socio-Economics, 03Jun2011

CoalWatch & 27 Other Organizations, 27Jun2011

Comox Town Residents Association, 15Jun2011

Comox Town Residents Association, 30May2011

Comox Valley Conservation Strategy, 02Jun2011

Comox Valley Environmental Council, 27Jun2011

Comox Valley Water Watch Coalition, 27Jun2011 - Attachments 1, 2

Council of Canadians, Campbell River, 26Jun2011

Council of Canadians, Comox Valley, 14Jun2011

Council of Canadians, Comox Valley, 26May2011

Council of Canadians, Victoria, 2011

Denman Island Residents Assn, 14Jun2011

Fanny Bay Salmonid Enhancement Society, 27Jun2011

Friends of Clayoquot Sound, 27Jun2011

Georgia Strait Alliance, 27Jun2011

Green Party, Comox Valley, 27Jun2011

Green Party, Nanaimo, 26Jun2011

Gulf Islands Alliance, 27Jun2011

Interfaith Statement from Hope Lutheran Church, Nanaimo, 12May2011

Heron Rocks Friendship Centre Society, 27Jun2011

Hornby Island Conservancy, 20Jun2011

Hornby Island Conservancy, 15Jun2011

Hornby Water Stewardship Project & Heron Rocks Friendship Centre Society, 27Jun2011

Kairos Nanaimo, 31May2011

Mid-Island Sustainability & Stewardship Initiative, 27Jun2011 - Attachment

Mt. Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve, 27Jun2011

Nile Creek Enhancement Society, 15Jun2011

OPIRG, Peterborough, 23Jun2011

Project Watershed, 2011

Project Watershed, Estuary Working Group, 25Jun2011

Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers, 27Jun2011

Salt Spring Island Climate Action Council, 09Jun2011

Sierra Club of BC, 27Jun2011

Sierra Club Comox Valley, 23Jun2011

Ships Point Improvement District, 21Jun2011

Tofino - Long Beach Chambero of Commerce, 27Jun2011

Tsolum River Restoration Society, 2011

Unitarian Church, Victoria, 2011.pdf

Unitarian Fellowship, Comox Valley, 24Jun2011

University of Victoria Student Society, 16Jun2011

University of Victoria Sustainability Project, 27Jun2011

Wilderness Committee, 27Jun2011

Women's Food and Water Initiative, Port Alberni, 08Jun2011

World Community Development Education Society, 27Jun2011



BC Shellfish Growers Assn, 25Jun2011

Ecotourism Operators, Tofino, 27Jun2011


First Nations

Te'mexw Treaty Association, 27Jun2011


Local Government & Elected Representatives

City of Port Alberni, Ken McRae, 26May2011

Islands Trust Council, Sheila Malcolmson, 27Jun2011

Rob Fleming, NDP Environment Critic, 27Jun2011

Scott Fraser, MLA, Alberni - Pacific Rim, 23Jun2011


Technical Submissions

Sheila Clarson, Public Health, 25Jun2011

Andrew Fyson, 26Jun2011 - Submission 1 2 3 4

David Hughes, 26Jun2011

Joan Kuyek, Socio-Economics, 03Jun2011

Art Martell, Birds, 08Jun2011

Robert McDonald, Jun2011

Mike Morrell, 26Jun2011

Jack Morris, 27Jun2011

Maya Stano, 27Jun2011

Herbert Sullivan, 20Jun2011

Gilles Wendling, Groundwater, May2011

Wayne White, ARD & Effluent, June2011


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.

Raven Coal public meetings were a 'sham'

Heather McLean, Comox Valley Record, June 16, 2011

Dear Rachel Shaw,

I recently attended two of the three public meetings concerning the Raven Underground Coal Mine. The purpose of these meetings was purportedly to point out deficiencies in Compliance Energy’s draft Application Information Requirements/Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines. At least 1,500 people attended these meetings and an overwhelming majority (all but a few) were opposed to the mine.

Union Bay Hall Jammed with Opponents

Tamara Cunningham, Comox Valley Echo, June 07, 2011

Frustration and fear over the proposed Raven Coal Mine boiled over at a public meeting, Friday.

Over 400 people attended the final public meeting at Union Bay Community Hall last week to voice concerns about the controversial coalmine.

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 Union Bay meeting by Carolyn Walton










From the Union Bay Public Meeting, June 3 2011. All photos by Carolyn Walton, Journalist/Photographer, Words by Walton, 778-424-6249,,

Images from the Union Bay meeting by Maggie Paquet

From the Union Bay Public Meeting, June 3 2011. Photos by Maggie Paquet.

Images from the Port Alberni meeting by Maggie Paquet


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

Union Bay: Lipstick on a Pig

CoalWatch News, June 4, 2011

"We don't want the mine," says someone from the floor.

"We are hearing that, " says Rachel Shaw from the EAO.

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.

Rachel Shaw on CBC's On The Island

The BC Environmental Assessment Office's Rachel Shaw talks with host Gregor Craigie on CBC's On the Island, June 1, 2011

Click here to stream or download the interview

Images from the Courtenay meeting by Maggie Paquet


From the Courtenay Public Meeting, May 30 2011.
Photos by Maggie Paquet.


EcoNews, June 2011


So - the proposal to start coal mining in the Comox has finally advanced to its environmental assessment - and we are being formally invited to say what we think. How can you refuse such an offer?

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.

Questions, opposition persists to coal mine overlooking Baynes Sound

By Scott Stanfield, Comox Valley Record, May 31, 2011

A large crowd turned out Monday at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay to express concern about a proposed coal mine above Baynes Sound. (Scott Stanfield)

Campbell Connor drew a round of applause by requesting a full expert panel review, along with aquifer mapping and modelling, as the environmental assessment phase of the proposed Raven underground coal mine progresses.

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