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Comox Valley Regional District passes motion of concern about Raven coal mine proposal

At its meeting on April 27, 2010, the Comox Valley Regional District Board passed unanimously the following resolution expressing concerns about aquifer mapping, environmental assessments, and public meetings:

WHEREAS Compliance Coal Corporation is proposing the Raven Underground Coal Mine Project in the Comox Valley Regional District;

AND WHEREAS the operations of this mine could impact the aquifers used by the surrounding communities for their potable water;

AND WHEREAS the operation of this mine could impact the fin fish, shellfish, and other fisheries in Baynes Sound;

THAT the Comox Valley Regional District board request the province to conduct a comprehensive mapping of the aquifers that could be affected by the proposed mine and that the province use this mapping in its Environmental Assessment;

AND THAT the Comox Valley Regional District board request that the province request the Federal Government to also conduct an Environment Assessment as the proposed mine could impact the fisheries in Baynes Sound;

AND THAT the Comox Valley Regional District board request the Environmental Assessment public consultations be held in at least the following communities: Fanny Bay, Denman Island, Union Bay, Royston, Cumberland, Courtenay, and Comox.

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