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When will Comox Valley MLA stand against mines?

Lynne Wheeler, Comox Valley Echo, August 1 2012

Dear editor,

It is good that Mr. McRae, (unlike the disdainful Mr. Duncan), is at least paying attention, but he is not listening. Not to us, anyway.

Waiting to hear all sides on coal

Don McRae, Comox Valley Echo, July 27, 2012

RE: MLA should do the right thing (July 10, 2012)

Raven offers no new info at update

Julie Bertrand, Alberni Valley Times, July 11, 2012

Residents for and against project attend council meeting to have their voices heard and get informed

Council chambers were packed on Monday night as Compliance Energy Corp. president and CEO John Tapics came back to city hall to give an update on the Raven Underground Coal Project to City of Port Alberni council.

During his presentation, Tapics said nothing has changed and the company is waiting to receive environmental impact assessments from the federal and provincial governments.

CoalWatch slams latest coal mine document

News Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley Society, June 12 2012


The environmental assessment process for the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine Project has just taken another step. It's a step in the wrong direction, in the view of the CoalWatch Comox Valley Society.

The BC Environmental Assessment Office recently released its 239 page Application Information Requirements/Environmental Impact Statement (AIR/EIS) Guidelines document on the proposed Raven coal mine.

CoalWatch sent the document to its technical advisory group for review, and the initial feedback is that the AIR/EIS is deficient and inadequate.

"It gets a failing grade from our experts," said John Snyder, President of CoalWatch.

Raven will bring millions: Company

Alyson McAndrews, Alberni Valley Times, May 07, 2012

About $136 million. That is the number Compliance Coal Corporation estimates the economic benefit of the Raven project would be for Port Alberni. The figure includes dollars spent on labour and goods and services during construction and over the 15 and half year life of the project, Information released by Compliance as part of the project's federal and provincial environmental assessment process also states that it would create 21 jobs in Port Alberni. Those would comprise two longshore workers, six maintenance tradespersons, four truck facility operators, eight heavy equipment operators and one manager.

Get rid of coal in Fanny Bay

Douglas Carrick, Alberni Valley News, April 26, 2012

To the Editor,

Christy Clark states, “We need to be listening to British Columbians.”

For a starter, she should announce that the Raven Coal mine planned for the Courtenay region be cancelled.

This is how 90 per cent of the people feel about it.

Does the Comox Valley Need the Raven Underground Coal Mine?

Joan Kuyek, DSW, for CoalWatch, April 2012

Does the Comox Valley Need the Raven Underground Coal Mine?
A socio-economic review of the costs and benefits to communities in
the Comox Valley of the proposed Raven Underground Coal Project

Media Release, CoalWatch, April 25 2012

April 25, 2012

CoalWatch ComoxValley is releasing today a report entitled “Does the Comox Valley need the Raven Underground Coal Mine?” The report prepared by Dr. Joan Kuyek, is a socio-economic review of the costs and benefits to the communities in the Comox Valley of the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine Project.

Not misinformation

John Snyder, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, April 10, 2012

Mr. Tapics’ (Raven Coal Mine CEO) letter (The News, April 6) continues the proponents pattern of labeling criticism or concern over the proposed Raven coal mine project as misinformation.

Quinsam and Raven Coal Mines on Vancouver Island

Graham Brazier, Watershed Sentinel, Jan-Feb 2012

Thirty years ago, when there had been no active coal mining on Vancouver Island for fifteen years, residents of Campbell River were asked to consider a proposal to open a new mine in the Quinsam River watershed. The mine, which by its daily operation would foul staggering amounts of water, was proposed for a site in a watershed containing salmon spawning grounds - the same grounds that developed and sustained the community's claim to be the "Salmon Capital of the World."

'Waking nightmare' looming for Comox Valley

Lynne Wheeler, Comox Valley Record, February 23 2012

Dear editor,

James Powsey's letter to the editor on Feb. 17 was the best letter I have read so far regarding the proposed Raven Coal mine.

Mr. Powsey's letter was eloquent and entirely from the heart.

Coal mine wrong on so many levels

James Powsey, Comox Valley Record, February 16, 2012

Dear editor,

I took my son to Buckley Bay to protest against coal mining in our backyard.

My son, eight years old, made a sign that said No Coal and had a picture of a skull surrounded in thick black smoke. He tells me he's worried all the time, worried about pollution and how the world's going to be when he grows up.

Hundreds Attend Solidarity Rally Opposed to Coal

News Release, Water Dragon Alliance, January 22, 2012

Solidarity - Not Compliance! rally at Buckley Bay

Over 400 people showed up in Buckley Bay on Saturday, in support of a festive outdoor anti-coal rally called, "Solidarity -Not Compliance!"

Water Dragon by Rena RogersAn entourage of almost 100 islanders accompanied a twenty foot-long Chinese New Year's dragon off the Denman ferry at 1:00 pm. Cheered on by folks attending from as far away as Vancouver, Victoria, Port Alberni and Campbell River, the dragon was greeted at the nearby rally site by musicians, and a giant raven bearing a placard that read, "Ravens opposed to Coal!"

Choice is no-brainer: leave coal in the ground

Tony Law, Comox Valley Record, January 24, 2012

Dear editor,

As an elected official, I believe that decision-makers should consider not only the views of today's citizens but also the interests of future generations who must live with the consequences of our decisions.

Comox Valley Ready for Civil Disobedience as "Insane" Raven Coal Mine Review Pushed Forward

John Snyder, The, 13 December 2011


A little over two years ago we held a town hall meeting in Fanny Bay, where a standing room only crowd discussed the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine Project. It was at this meeting that concerned citizens formed CoalWatch Comox Valley. The events over the past two years have revealed many interesting details.

Baynes Sound coal mine project lacks 'social licence'

John Snyder, Comox Valley Record & Alberni Valley Times, December 08, 2011

Dear editor,

With the environmental assessment of the Raven Coal Mine Project about to enter the application stage, it’s important to note that the residents of the Comox Valley and Port Alberni have not granted “the social licence” for this massive coal mine project.

Energy and Mines Minister Rich Coleman on Voice of BC

Rich Coleman and Vaughn Palmer, Voice of BC, Oct 27, 2011

Rich Coleman on Voice of BCMinister of Energy, Mines and Housing talks to Vaughn Palmer about an array of interesting topics about electricity, natural gas, shale gas, mining, smart meters, carbon neutrality, deferral accounts, BC's GHG.

Synopsis of Comments Received on Draft AIR

Extract, BC EAO & CEAA, October 13, 2011

Please note: this is NOT the tracking table. That will be released in "fall of 2011." It is a "synopsis" of topics in the comments. It also addresses requests to cancel the EA and reject the project, requests for a panel review, and requests to consider carbon emissions from combustion of the coal.

Proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine

Synopsis of Comments Received During the Public Comment Period on the Draft Application Information Requirements/Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines

Approximately 3,000 public submissions were received, with many individuals providing multiple submissions. Over 5,000 comments were received, as one submission may contain numerous comments. The concerns most frequently raised included:

No silver bullets, just wishful thinking

Brian Kieran, Monday Magazine, 09/28/2011

"Having observed the provincial government duck for cover in the face of lesser environmental opposition, I think it is a safe bet that the Raven mine will not be one of the eight [mines] approved by 2015 — if ever."

Opposition to Compliance Energy’s Raven Coal Mine Project appears universal

Malcolm McColl, First Nation Voices, Summer 2011

Lands and waters of the Inside Passage on the west coast had two national entities. The Coast Salish from mid-Vancouver Island to the Malahat on the south who would face Kwak Kwak A’wak tribes directly to the north. The Salish Sea of the Inside Passage was their seafood banquet from time immemorial. At the north end of the Salish Sea the Pentlatch people were of the Coast Salish Nation.

More than hollow assurances needed about Baynes Sound mine

Scott Fraser, Comox Valley Record, July 12, 2011

Dear editor,

Thank you for the July 7 editorial and comment piece about the Raven Coal Project.

Proposed coal mine faces rocky reception in Vancouver Island community

Rod Mickleburgh, Globe and Mail, Jul. 10, 2011

Union Bay, B.C. - If you go down to the beach here today, you’re in for a big surprise. If you’re from away, that is.

There, amid the seaside staples of sand, driftwood and rocks worn smooth by the tide, are, of all things, big chunks of coal.

Proposed coal mine over Baynes Sound 'isn't an easy ask,' admits Comox Valley MLA

By Scott Stanfield, Comox Valley Record, July 07, 2011

A recent 30-day public comment period indicates widespread opposition to the proposed Raven underground coal mine in Baynes Sound.

According to CoalWatch Comox Valley, more than 95 per cent of 2,300-plus respondents "expressed deep concern or outright opposition to the proposal."

Politicians had better listen carefully to opposition to Raven coal mine

Editorial, Comox Valley Record, July 07, 2011

Almost 2,000 people submitted thoughts during the 30-day public comment period about the Raven underground coal mine.

There is some support in the Comox Valley for the mine, based on the current shortage of high-paying jobs in the area.

Geologist has concerns about Raven coal mine

John Baxter, Comox Valley Record, July 5, 2011

Dear editor,

As a petroleum exploration geologist with over 30 years of professional experience, I am well acquainted with the uncertainties of subsurface mapping.

I therefore feel qualified to submit two points of concern:

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