Media Release, CoalWatch Comox Valley, May 8, 2014
The CoalWatch Comox Valley Society has uncovered information that indicates the BC Government has issued a coal license to Compliance Coal Corporation for a coal tenure in the Anderson Lake area, with part of the tenure in the sensitive Tsolum River watershed.
The BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas issued the coal license on May 5, 2014, with the tenure being 1448 hectares in size. The issuance of this coal license to Compliance increases their coal tenure in the Comox Valley to over 30,000 hectares, which includes the proposed Raven Coal Mine near Fanny Bay, and the Bear Coal Deposit above Cumberland.
“CoalWatch is very disappointed the BC Government issued this coal license in a sensitive watershed area, while seemingly disregarding the request by the Comox Valley Regional District that this coal license not be issued,” said CoalWatch president John Snyder.
“While Compliance is actively pursuing it’s Raven Coal Mine Project and eyeing future development on the Bear Coal Deposit, this is certainly the first step on the slippery slope of future exploration and coal mine development in other areas of the Comox Valley,” added Snyder. “The fact that Compliance has included portions of the Tsolum River watershed for its coal license should serve as a wakeup call for us all.”
For more information on the Compliance coal tenure and a map showing the location visit: www.coalwatch.ca
Contact John Snyder at 250-335-2246 for more information.