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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.

K'ómoks Band has concerns about proposed coal mine

By Staff Writer, Comox Valley Record, June 29, 2011

The K’ómoks First Nation harbours some serious concerns about the proposed Raven underground coal mine in Baynes Sound.

In particular, the band believes the project will be harmful to K’omoks aboriginal rights and treaty negotiations.

K'ómoks Band opposing coal mine

Philip Round, Comox Valley Echo, June 28, 2011

K'ómoks First Nation has come out in opposition to the proposed Raven Coal Mine near Fanny Bay.

It not only has serious concerns over the environmental impact a mine could have, but also believes the project will be harmful to ongoing K'ómoks treaty negotiations and aboriginal rights.

Mine would have to plant trees to offset methane

John Snyder, Alberni Valley Times, June 28, 2011

Recently, while reviewing the Updated Project Description for the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine Project, I came across the following : "Estimated methane emissions from the mine at 127,500 cubic meters per day." The following are calculations I did based on those estimates on methane emissions:

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.

What's Making These BC Miners Sick?

By Andrew MacLeod,, June 13, 2011

Workers say illness is rampant at Endako Mines expansion camp, and they want an investigation.

Coal mine needs independent enviro review, say critics

By Ben Christopher, The Tyee, June 10, 2011

An environmental group is raising concerns about the review process for a proposed coal mine on eastern Vancouver Island, despite assurances from the province.

Opposition to coal port has drowned out supporters, for now

Keri Sculland, Alberni Valley Times, June 9, 2011

After three public meetings, I'd say the citizens of Courtenay, Port Alberni and Union Bay spoke their opinions loud and clear on the environmental aspect of coal.

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.

Images from the Raven Mine Site by Ross Hunt

Photos from the Raven Mine Site by Ross Hunt

I took my dirt bike for a tour of the proposed Raven mine site area yesterday. I saw 3 deer, 3 fawns and 2 big black bears and a hawk. Nature is rapidly recovering from the devastating logging of most of the area. The water in the creeks is perfectly clear and tastes so nice - Ross Hunt

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.

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.

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.

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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