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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.

Images from the Courtenay meeting by Carolyn Walton


Cameron Grey of the Wilderness Committee


Denman Opposes Coal (DOC) table


nocoalmine.net 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, www.footloosebyseaandshore.blogspot.com, www.vanislandparadise.blogspot.com

“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

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    Working Group Tracking Table

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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

Compliance Energy: Feasibility Study for Raven Coal Project

News release, Compliance Energy, May 9, 2011

COMPLIANCE ENERGY CORPORATION - POSITIVE FEASIBILITY RESULTS RECEIVED FOR THE RAVEN COAL PROJECT

TSX-V TRADING SYMBOL: CEC

VANCOUVER, May 9 /CNW/ - Compliance Energy Corporation ("Compliance" or the "Company) is pleased to announce a positive, NI 43-101 compliant, independent Feasibility Study1 ("Feasibility Study") for the Company's 60% owned Raven Underground Coal Project (the "Project") in the Comox Coal Basin on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Pincock, Allen, and Holt ("PAH"), of Denver, Colorado, a qualified independent mining consulting firm, prepared the Feasibility Study on behalf of Compliance and its joint venture partners. This Feasibility Study updates a Preliminary Feasibility Study, also prepared by PAH, that was filed on SEDAR on October 15, 2010.

Standing room only - and all are ravin' mad about Raven Mine

CoalWatch Comox Valley, April 8, 2011

More than 375 Comox Valley residents came out to a town hall meeting on April 7 to hear presentations and share their views on the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine in Fanny Bay. The message was clear, from the crowd, and from the presenters - this mine has no place in our Comox Valley.

Organized by Comox Valley Water Watch - Delores Broten, Dawn Christian and Linda Safford - the meeting was well supported by other groups who had tables around the room. No Coal Mine (www.nocoalmine.net) was distributing signs and buttons, CoalWatch Comox Valley, Coal Free Alberni, Council of Canadians, Comox Valley Sierra Club.

Red Herring Railway

Editorial, Island Tides, March 24, 2011

The proposed Raven coal mine, above Fanny Bay and Baynes Sound, plans to ship its coal in trucks to Port Alberni and from there in ships to Asia. The road to Port Alberni is narrow and winding and runs through Cathedral Grove Provincial Park, a popular visitor attraction.

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.

Negatives of coal not worth it for 21 jobs

Jane Armstrong, Alberni Valley Times, March 03, 2011

Re: "Coal mining is around," (Alberni Valley Times, Feb 28)

Yes, coal was processed in the late 1800s at Union Bay and remediation is still underway today. A paper presented at the 2005 Remediation Technologies Symposium on the problems posed by the 13 hectares of coal waste on the shore of Union Bay laid out the chemicals leaching out of the coal waste that exceeded guidelines or standards.

Coal mine would ruin Valley

John Snyder, Comox Valley Echo, March 1, 2011

At numerous public meetings over the past few months, the question has been raised whether or not the proposed Raven Coal Mine Project near Fanny Bay is just the beginning of numerous coal mines being developed in the Comox Valley. Although the proponent of the Raven Project, Compliance Energy Corporation (CEC) is quick to say that they have no plans to develop properties on Vancouver Island at this time, a look at their website may give us a clue as to what their future intentions may be.

Not ONE but THREE coal mines in the CV now?

Grant Gordon, TideChange Comox Valley, Feb 27, 2011

Editor's Note: In response to an article today in the Victoria Times-Colonist
here Grant Gordon suggests the Raven coal project has a bigger dimension.
...
Lots of background information on the coal prospects of the Comox and Alberni valleys flows back and forth on the CoalWatch news server.

Alberni labour council opposes mine plan

Jane Armstrong, Times-Colonist, February 27, 2011

Re: "Union supports coal mine project," Feb. 23

The Port Alberni and District Labour Council voted last fall to oppose the Raven coal project, recognizing Port Alberni is at a crossroads.

An open letter from CoalWatch

An open letter from CoalWatch Comox Valley Society, February 25, 2011

Over the last 14 months, during which CoalWatch has been identifying and researching issues regarding the proposed Raven Coal Mine Project, it has become abundantly clear that there is a potential for significant widespread environmental effects from the project and that there is widespread public concern about the project.

The concerns about water and the aquifers in the area impacted by the proposed mine have been one of the key issues identified by Coalwatch during our research. The fact that the aquifers in the region surrounding the Raven Coal Mine Project have not been adequately mapped and have been classified in a study by VIU as “vulnerable” is very troubling. CoalWatch has been consistent in our request that the mapping and modeling of the aquifers in the entire region affected by the Raven Project be completed at the beginning of the environmental assessment process rather than at the end of the process. It’s just common sense to have all the aquifer mapping and modeling data completed at the beginning of the decision making process.

The other numerous issues and concerns regarding the Raven Coal Mine Project should also be addressed in the most rigorous environmental assessment available, a joint federal/provincial independent expert Review Panel with Public Hearings. The current “comprehensive review” is in our opinion, inadequate. An independent expert Review Panel would include Public Hearings rather than Public Meetings, and afford the opportunity of cross examination of outside witnesses. The Review Panel would also be at arm’s length from the government, it’s more transparent, and more likely to result in findings of environmental impacts.

CoalWatch has repeatedly asked both the Federal and Provincial governments to support our position on the aquifer mapping and modeling; and that the environmental assessment of the proposed Raven Coal Mine Project be referred to a joint federal/provincial independent expert review panel with public hearings. Given the magnitude of this project, it is both regrettable and amazing that in all cases these requests for support have been denied.

The full impact of this proposed coal mine cannot be adequately known without an environmental assessment by an independent review panel; and comprehensive aquifer mapping and modeling of the entire area impacted by this mine. Numerous citizens, environmental groups, and relevant local governments are also on record as supporting our requests. The residents of the Comox Valley, Port Alberni Valley, and all the residents of Vancouver Island deserve nothing less than the most rigorous environmental assessment available.

Given that both the CEAA and BCEAO, in our opinion, are refusing to exercise due diligence regarding the environmental assessment of the Raven Coal Mine Project, the Officers and Directors of CoalWatch Comox Valley Society have voted unanimously to oppose the Raven Coal Mine Project, and that our public messaging regarding the project shall reflect this opposition.

Notwithstanding the above, CoalWatch will continue to identify and research the issues surrounding the Raven Project and to advocate for a robust public participation during the entire environmental assessment process; and CoalWatch will also continue to be an active participant in that environmental assessment process.

On behalf of the Officers and Directors of CoalWatch Comox Valley Society,

John Snyder
President, CoalWatch Comox Valley Society

Click here to download the open letter


Minutes of the Special Meeting of the
CoalWatch Comox Valley Society Officers and Directors
February 23, 2011

GIVEN that CoalWatch believes that there is a potential for significant widespread environmental effects from the Raven Coal Mine Project and that there is widespread public concern over thisproject and…

GIVEN that the full impact of this coal mine project cannot be adequately known without:

1. an environmental assessment by a joint federal/provincial independent expert review panel with public hearings.

2. complete aquifer mapping and modeling of the entire region effected by the Raven Project being completed BEFORE the environmental assessment goes any further and …

GIVEN that CoalWatch has repeatedly asked both the Federal and Provincial governments for these studies and that these requests have been denied and …

GIVEN that numerous citizens, environmental groups, relevant local governments, and newly formed groups opposed to the Raven Project have requested these measures and …

GIVEN that both the CEAA and BCEAO, in our opinion, are refusing to exercise due diligence regarding the environmental assessment of this Raven Coal Mine Project …

I hereby make a motion that the CoalWatch Comox Valley Society officially oppose the Raven Coal Mine Project, and that our public messaging regarding the project reflect this opposition.

After no discussion, the vote to approve the motion was unanimous and the motion was carried.

Click here to download the minutes of the special resolution.

Union supports coal mine project

Stan Dzbik, Times Colonist, February 23, 2011

The negative response by some groups over the proposed Raven coal project is misguided. Activists are predicting the impending destruction of the environment.

In fact, coal mining was the first industry on Vancouver Island, and more than 150 years of coal mining has not turned the Island into a desolate wasteland.

There is evidence of major coal plans

By Calvin Sandborn, Times Colonist, February 22, 2011

Re: "No other coal mines planned for Island," Feb. 18.

The letter from the CEO of the Raven coal project raises the central issue about the proposed Raven mine: Will this be the first of a number of mines in the vast coal reserve that stretches from Fanny Bay to near Campbell River?

No coal mine plans now: What about the future?

By John Snyder, Times Colonist, February 22, 2011

John Tapics' "No other coal mines planned" letter from Feb. 18 avoids the question of his company's intentions to develop two new open pit coal mines in the Comox Valley by saying that his company "has no plans to develop other properties on Vancouver Island at this time."

No other coal mines planned for Island

By John Tapics, Times Colonist, February 18, 2011

Re: "Meeting allows coal-mining opponents to give views," Feb. 9.

The article contains an inaccurate statement attributed to Calvin Sanborn, Environmental Law Centre legal director. The comment that the Raven Project "is already sparking other applications, including plans for two open-pit mines" is not supported by fact.

Meeting allows coal-mining opponents to give views

Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist, February 09, 2011

Opponents to new coal mines on central Vancouver Island will hold their own version of a public hearing at the University of Victoria tonight.

"This is the first major meeting in Victoria on this issue," said Calvin Sandborn, Environmental Law Centre legal director.

Labour Opposes Mine

Comox Valley Echo, November 26, 2010

Another group has voiced their opposition to the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine project.

The Port Alberni and District Labour Council voted unanimously to oppose the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine at a regular meeting last week.

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