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Coal and the Cost Benefit

Scott Fraser, Alberni Valley News, November 12, 2010

Concerned about the Raven Coal Mine? Several meetings have occurred and many people have contacted my office about this proposed project.

Both sides on the coal debate launch public relations blitz

Shayne Morrow, Alberni Valley Times, November 03, 2010

The battle for the hearts and minds of Vancouver Island residents in the shadow of the proposed Raven Underground Coal Project has kicked up a notch.

This week, opponents of the project, which would see coal mined in Fanny Bay and transhipped to Asia by way of Port Alberni, kicked off a pair of public meetings on both sides of the Island.

Information seems to be a bit contradictory

John Snyder, Alberni Valley Times, November 03, 2010

Re: "Article offers accurate and balanced coverage," (Alberni Valley Times, Oct. 25)

In a recent letter to the editor, John Tapics, CEO of the Raven Underground Coal Project, states that people deserve accurate information about the proposed project. He goes on to say that technical studies confirm 100% of the coal at the Raven Project is metallurgical and 88% of the processed coal will be suitable to sell to steel companies for steel making.

Politicians Rape and Pillage

Marc Gaudreau, Comox Valley Echo, November 02, 2010

Our provincial government is REQUIRING municipalities to institute targets, policies and actions for greenhouse gas reduction to comply with bill 27. Does anyone understand it?

Who were these coal company scientists?

Stacey Gaiga, Alberni Valley Times, November 01, 2010

Re: Article offers accurate and balanced coverage, Times Oct 26

Company has eyes on the past, not present

Alexandra Pazitch, Alberni Valley Times. November 01, 2010

Mark Twain had it right about liars and mines

Arthur Caldicott, Alberni Valley Times, October 29, 2010

Re: "Article offers accurate and balanced coverage," (Alberni Valley Times, Oct. 26)

With respect to the letter published Tuesday from Compliance Energy's John Tapics, and his statement that 100% of the coal at the Raven Project is metallurgical, I am reminded of a couple of things that Mark Twain had to say about statistics and mines.

Valley is open for business, so let's not make wrong decision

Heather Thomson, Alberni Valley Times, October 28, 2010

On Monday night, I sat in council listening with interest as one of the owners of Wild West Watersports described what a great season they had in Port Alberni.

Action requested about coal mine

CATHERINE BELL, Comox Valley Record, October 28, 2010

Catherine BellDear editor,

The public has clearly demonstrated their interest and concerns regarding the Raven Underground Coal Mine proposed here in the Comox Valley.

CoalWatch makes a sound argument for the strongest form of environmental assessment.

Article offers accurate and balanced coverage

John Tapics, Alberni Valley Times, October 26, 2010

Re: Oct. 21 story "Opposition grows to Raven Coal"

Geologists say Raven Coal not worth the risk

Spencer Anderson, Comox Valley Echo, October 22, 2010

Two Vancouver Island geologists are concerned the proposed Raven Underground Coal project is by no means a safe bet for the Valley.

Raven coal won't coke, says geologist

Shayne Morrow, Alberni Valley Times, October 22, 2010

Two retired geologists acting as consultants for CoalWatch Comox Valley have warned that the coal deposits being developed by Raven Underground Coal are a much lower grade and much more toxic than the company claims.

Plan for coal does not make sense at all

Chris Alemany, Alberni Valley Times, October 22, 2010

At the recent coal meeting it was reported that Compliance Coal CEO John Tapics pointed out that his company would "have to invest millions of dollars in creating a private spur line and a loading facility for rail cars."

Doubt expressed about coal mine feasibility

By Scott Stanfield, Comox Valley Record, October 21, 2010

A pair of geologists with expertise in coal mining have raised concerns about the economic and environmental feasibility of the proposed Raven underground coal mine in Baynes Sound.

Opposition mounts to coal project

Wawmeesh G. Hamilton, Alberni Valley News, October 21, 2010

Opponents of shipping coal from Port Alberni’s deep-sea port made their point once again at a public meeting this week.

More than 100 people gathered in the basement of the Steelworkers Hall on Montrose Street on Tuesday night.

Opposition grows to Raven Coal

Shayne Morrow, Alberni Valley Times, October 21, 2010

Little support among 100 who attended public meeting, but company CEO says upcoming reviews will ease concerns

The Raven Underground Coal Project is facing some serious roadblocks, judging by the response at Tuesday evening's public meeting at the Steelworkers' Hall.

Don't let coal company fool you with numbers

Chris Alemany, Alberni Valley Times, October 21, 2010

We can't be lulled into complacency by Compliance Coal's latest pre-feasibility report that downgrades their prospects.

Compliance Energy releases Technical Report

Compliance Energy has posted a new technical report to SEDAR:
Technical Report on the Raven Underground Coal Project
Pincock, Allen & Holt, October 14, 2010 (18 mb)

Rail transportation options may be evolving

Keri Sculland, Alberni Valley Times, October 15, 2010

A $500,000 rail feasibility study has been completed by the government and compiled into a handy document.

The study outlines the practicality of getting trains running on the tracks once again. This includes the possibility of coal transportation to Port Alberni from Raven Underground Coal project.

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