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First of three coal meetings last night

Spencer Anderson, Comox Valley Echo, May 31, 2011

The first of three public meetings on the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine project was held in Courtenay at the Filberg Centre last night.

City council joins call for coal port review

Jane Armstrong, Alberni Valley Times, May 31, 2011

The Port Alberni City Council is to be congratulated for adding its name to many neighbouring municipalities plus dozens of organizations and individuals calling for an Independent Review Panel for the Raven coal project. The communities affected by the coal project deserve nothing less than the best the law provides.

Public coal meeting offers single chance to be heard

Shayne Morrow, Alberni Valley Times, May 31, 2011

The Alberni Environmental Coalition is calling for Alberni Valley residents from every corner of the community to make their voices heard at the official public meeting for the Raven Underground Coal Project.

Images from the Courtenay meeting by Carolyn Walton

Cameron Grey of the Wilderness Committee

Denman Opposes Coal (DOC) table table

Fiona Mackey of Fanny Bay

Jim Burgess with photos of runoff today from the Tsable River Mine which closed in 1966

From the Courtenay Public Meeting, May 30 2011. All photos by Carolyn Walton, Journalist/Photographer, Words by Walton, 778-424-6249,,

“No More Coal”: Over 500 people send clear message at Raven Coal public meeting

News Release, CoalWatch and Wilderness Committee, May 30, 2011

Courtenay B.C. - Chants of 'No More Coal” filled a packed Courtenay room for the first of three public comment meetings scheduled for the Raven Coal Mine environmental assessment. Over five hundred people crammed into the Filberg Centre for the six hour meeting, to ask questions and express their concerns with the proposed mine.

Hundreds of people turn out in Courtenay to condemn the Raven coal mine

CoalWatch News, May 31, 2011

500 or more people came to the Frances Filberg Centre in Courtenay last night to let government know that the proposed Raven coal mine is not wanted in the Comox Valley. Of the dozens of people who lined up to state their positions, ask their questions, and hear the answers, not one spoke in support of the mine.

ACTION: Submit Draft AIR/EIS Comments by June 27

L A S T  C H A N C E
If postmarked by June 30

Choose 1A or 1B (or both)

1A. Select important points from Information for commenting on the Raven Draft AIR compiled by technical advisors to CoalWatch and AEC

1B. Read these documents:
    Updated Project Description
    Draft AIR Part A
    Draft AIR Part B
    Working Group Tracking Table


Postmarked by June 30

Rachel Shaw, BC EAO,
    PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt,
    Victoria BC V8W 9V1.



Alberni city council calls for independent coal panel

By Wawmeesh G. Hamilton, Alberni Valley News, May 26, 2011

Port Alberni has added its name to the list of municipalities calling for the Raven Coal Mine project to be examined by an independent review panel.

Port Alberni Council supports an Expert Panel Review

CoalWatch News, May 25, 2011

At its meeting on May 24, Port Alberni City Council voted to send a letter to the appropriate governments requesting an Expert Panel Review for the Raven Underground Coal Project. The vote followed a presentation by the Alberni Environmental Coalition which outlined the differences between the comprehensive review and the expert panel review.

Minutes of the meeting are not available this soon following the meeting, but will be posted on the City's website.

Talking about energy

Sarah Miles, Island Tides, May 18, 2011

Several opportunities are approaching to publicly discuss the Raven Underground Coal Mine, proposed for an area south of Courtenay on Vancouver Island.

Coalwatch urges people to speak out as mine assessment gets underway

Media Release, CoalWatch, May 12, 2011

The countdown is on for people and organizations who wish to comment on the proposal for a massive coal mine in the heart of the Baynes Sound watershed.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency announced Tuesday that a 40-day public comment period into the proposed mine will start May 18, and the watchdog group CoalWatch Comox Valley is urging people to speak out.

Coal port plans are moving ahead

Keri Sculland, Alberni Valley Times, May 11, 2011

The proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine Project in Fanny Bay is in the early stages of the co-operative environmental assessment process, which will require public input.

Draft AIR Released. Public Comment May 18-Jun 27

CEAA & BC EAO, May 10, 2011

Public Comment Period

The public has 40 days to submit comments on the draft AIR/EIS Guidelines document, from May 18, 2011 until June 27, 2011. All comments received during the comment period will be considered. Submissions sent by mail must be postmarked no later than June 27, 2011.

Public Meetings

Monday May 30, 2011 2 p.m. to 10 p.m
Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay

Thursday June 2, 2011 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Port Alberni Athletic Hall, Port Alberni

Friday June 3, 2011 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Union Bay Community Club, Union Bay

Essential Documents

Draft Application Information Requirements
Part A, Part B

Working Group Issues Tracking Table

Updated Project Description

Baynes Sound Shellfishery and the Raven Mine in the Legislature

Hansard, May 6, 2011

MLAs Claire Trevena and Scott Fraser question the new Minister of Agriculture, Don McRae, on the impacts of the proposed coal mine on the Baynes Sound shellfishery.

Click here to download the audio transcript.

Denman Opposes Coal - Letter to the BC EAO

Letter, Denman Opposes Coal (DOC), April 29, 2011

DOC writes to the EAO and CEAA about its concerns with the Public Consultation Approach Conceptual Plan for the upcoming public comment period.

EA regulators decision: 3 public meetings, public meeting process described, one new comment period introduced

CoalWatch News Update, April 29, 2011

On April 21, 2011, the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) released a document which describes the public comment period for the upcoming draft Application Information Requirements (AIR)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines.

CoalWatch gets $20,500 for assessment process

Spencer Anderson, Comox Valley Echo, March 29, 2011

CoalWatch Comox Valley has been given $20,500 to participate in the environmental assessment of the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) announced the funding last Thursday.

CORRECTION: Draft AIR has NOT been released

The Comox Valley Record reported today (March 23, 2011) on "the release of the Application Information Requirements (AIR) — a major part of Compliance Energy’s bid to establish coal mining operations on Vancouver Island."

CoalWatch Comox Valley advises that this statement is incorrect - the DRAFT AIR HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED. It is not expected to be released until mid to late spring.

The article is here: Opponents keep applying heat to coal


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.

Coalition calls for full and open public consultation on controversial Raven Coal Mine

Press Release, March 17, 2011

(Victoria) Nearly 30 organizations released a joint letter today calling for a rigorous environmental assessment of the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine, complete with a broad-based public consultation process.

The letter was prompted by the expected mid-spring release of the Application Information Requirements (AIR) – a major part of Compliance Energy’s bid to establish coal mining operations on Vancouver Island.

Coell Stops Real Assessment

Terry Avery, Comox Valley Echo, March 01, 2011

In refusing to comply with a request from Coal Watch, for comprehensive Aquifer mapping and modeling for the proposed Raven Coal Project in the Comox Valley, the Minister of Environment, Murray Coell has effectively shutdown any kind of meaningful environmental assessment.

Environmental Assessment Act needs to be revamped

By Mark Haddock and Chris Tollefson, Vancouver Sun, November 16, 2010

Environmental Assessment in British ColumbiaOttawa's rejection of the Prosperity Mine did more than just stop an ill-conceived plan to destroy Fish Lake. The decision also vividly demonstrates the problems with British Columbia's environmental assessment law.

B.C. slammed over handling of Prosperity project

By Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, November 5, 2010

Federal panel ruling highlights province's flawed environmental assessment process, legal critics charge

Tuesday’s federal government decision to deny Taseko Mines Ltd.’s application to build the Prosperity copper-gold mine southwest of Williams Lake will save Fish Lake, but cast a cloud over future mining investment in British Columbia, according to a mining organization.

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