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2015 on the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) website indicates that Compliance Coal Corporation (Compliance) has withdrawn its Raven Coal Mine Project from the EAO screening/evaluation process.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

Raven Coal Mine Jobs: Myths and Realities

CoalWatch Comox Valley, February 2015

Myth 1: Investment in coal mining is an investment in jobs

Reality: Coal mining ranks lower than many other industries for numbers of jobs created.

It creates fewer jobs than, for instance, sustainable forestry, agriculture, infrastructure construction, and solar & wind energy production. “State of the art” coal mining technologies lead to even fewer jobs and are no guarantee of environmental or workplace safety.

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.

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.

City needs to step up over coal port: delegation

Katya Slepian, Alberni Valley News, Nov 13, 2014

The City of Port Alberni has taken a proactive step with regard to the re-application by Compliance Coal’s Raven coal project.

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.

Coal mine prepares for regulator

Eric Plummer,  Alberni Valley Times, October 17, 2014

A proposed Comox Valley coal mine is preparing another application to provincial regulators - a development that, if approved, would truck one million tonnes of coal to Port Alberni each year for shipment overseas.

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.

Coal mine still in the works

Candace Wu, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Jul 22, 2014

Compliance Energy CEO Steve Ellis vowed to re-submit an application for a coal mining operation 50 km north of Qualicum Beach.

Compliance Energy CEO Steve Ellis vowed to re-submit an application for a coal mining operation 50 km north of Qualicum Beach by the end of this year — but some critics take his word with a grain of salt.

“We hope to get it (the application) in before the end of the year,” Ellis told The NEWS Friday.

Compliance Coal: put up or shut up

John Snyder, Parksville - Qualicum Beach News, April 10 2014

Re: ‘Coal Mine Application for operation near Buckley Bay still on hold’ (The NEWS, April 1).

Coal mine application for operation near Buckley Bay still on hold

John Harding, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Apr 1, 2014

Another self-imposed deadline has passed for Compliance Energy as it considers re-submitting an application for a coal mining operation less than 50 km from downtown Qualicum Beach.

Dragons to the rescue of shellfish?

John Harding, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Feb 27, 2014

A local man who will face the Dragons may have the answer to a beast of a problem facing local shellfish producers.

Shellfish support

John Harding, Editor, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Feb 27, 2014

If Roberta Stevenson sounds defensive, it may be appropriate to cut her some slack.

Baynes Sound coal mine proponent readying another application

Scott Stanfield, Comox Valley Record, Jan 30, 2014

The proponent of a proposed underground coal mine near Baynes Sound hopes to reapply for an environmental certificate by about the end of March.

Raven to re-submit coal mine application by end of March

John Harding, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Jan 9, 2014

The president of Compliance Energy says the company will re-submit its application for the Raven coal mine project by the end of March.

CBC On the Island: John Snyder on Itochu withdrawal from Comox Joint Venture

Host Gregor Craigie talks with John Snyder, CBC On the Island, August 28 2013.

They discuss the announced withdrawal of Itochu from the Comox Valley Joint Venture. The Comox Joint Venture is the proponent for the proposed Raven Underground Coal Project near Fanny Bay on Vancouver Island. In the original agreement, I-Comox Coal, a subsidiary of Itochu Corporation, held 20%, LG held 20%, and Compliance Coal Corp. held 60%.

Click here to listen to the discussion.

Partner's withdrawal would not 'have an overall effect' on Comox Valley coal mine

Scott Stanfield, Comox Valley Record, August 28, 2013

The proponent of a proposed coal mine near Baynes Sound downplays the significance of a minority partner's possible withdrawal from the project.

Raven proponent cites support

John Harding, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, August 27, 2013

Compliance Coal continues to work through the application process for a proposed mine near Buckley Bay and the company's CEO says the project has support from local residents.

CoalWatch's John Snyder told The NEWS recently the Raven project "doesn't have any social licence, never has, never will."

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