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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 Coal Corporation, doing business as Comox Joint Venture (the Proponent), is proposing to develop the Raven Underground Coal Mine Project (the proposed Project) approximately 20 kilometres south of Courtenay on eastern Vancouver Island, in British Columbia (BC).

The proposed Project is subject to review under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and BC’s Environmental Assessment Act.

The proposed Project is in the early stages of the cooperative environmental assessment process. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEA Agency) and the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) are inviting public comments on the draft Application Information Requirements/Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines document (draft AIR/EIS Guidelines document). The draft AIR/EIS Guidelines document will specify the studies to be conducted and information to be provided by the Proponent in its Environmental Impact Statement and application for a provincial Environmental Assessment Certificate.

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.

The CEA Agency and EAO accept public comments submitted by any of the following means:

By Online Form: www.eao.gov.bc.ca

By Email: raven@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

By Fax: 250-356-6448

By Mail:

Rachel Shaw, Project Assessment Manager or Andrew Rollo, Project Manager
Environmental Assessment Office Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt 320 - 757 West Hastings Street
Victoria BC V8W 9V1 Vancouver BC V6C 1A1

An electronic copy of the draft AIR/EIS Guidelines document and information regarding the environmental assessment process are available at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca and at www.eao.gov.bc.ca .

Copies of the draft AIR/EIS Guidelines document are also available for viewing at these locations:

Bowser Public Library
Campbell River Public Library
Comox Public Library
Courtenay Public Library
Cumberland Public Library
Denman  Island Library (added 12May2011)
Hornby Island Public Library
Nanaimo Harbourfront Public Library
Nanaimo Wellington Public Library
Parksville Public Library
Port Alberni Public Library
Qualicum Beach Public Library
Union Bay Public Library

Public Meetings

Public meetings will also be conducted during this comment period:

Monday May 30, 2011 2 p.m. to 10 p.m
Florence Filberg Centre
411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay

Thursday June 2, 2011 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Port Alberni Athletic Hall
3727 Roger Street, Port Alberni

Friday June 3, 2011 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Union Bay Community Club
5401 South Island Highway, Union Bay

Displays containing information on the proposed Project and the draft AIR/EIS Guidelines will be available for public viewing from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. At 6 p.m. there will be presentations by the CEA Agency and EAO on the cooperative environmental assessment process, followed by a presentation by the Proponent on the proposed Project. At 7 p.m., there will be a formal question and answer period.

Next Steps

After taking all public comments into consideration, and ensuring that the Proponent’s responses are adequate, the CEA Agency and EAO will finalize the AIR/EIS Guidelines document and issue it to the Proponent.

The cooperative environmental assessment for the proposed Project will also include future comment periods. These will be advertised in advance.


For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions document on the CEA Agency or EAO Web sites.

All submissions received by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office during the comment period in relation to the proposed Project are considered public. They will be posted to the EAO website and will become part of the CEA Agency project file.

Source

Draft Application Information Requirements
Part A, Part B

Working Group Issues Tracking Table

Updated Project Description

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