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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."

Tapics, whose company Compliance Energy is proposing the Raven Underground Coal Mine Project near Fanny Bay, does not say that neither the Bear nor the Anderson Lake deposit -each with open-pit potential -is big enough to justify a mine on its own. But once Raven is operating, Bear and Anderson Lake can both piggyback on the infrastructure and capital investment made for Raven.

How big a loophole is the phrase "at this time"? And what should readers make of the fact that on its website, Compliance identifies both deposits as candidates for potential future development?

Before filing its first documents for Raven, the website claimed "The Bear [project] is approximately 12 kilometres apart from the Raven and it is anticipated that it would be developed in conjunction with the Raven deposit." That language has disappeared.

Tapics' assurances are not convincing. As my daddy used to say, "If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, and looks like a duck, then it's definitely a duck." Or, in this case, a Raven.

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John Snyder
President CoalWatch Comox Valley Society

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