Posted on June 28, 2016

protester against Raven coal mine with signsIn 2009, Compliance Energy Corp. announced its intention to build the Raven Underground Coal Project, a new coal mine in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.

Compliance was created in 2000 as Beanpole Capital by James O’Rourke, who remained in charge to the end. Its corporate tradition of failure began with a couple of early ventures near Princeton – a small thermal coal mine and a coal-fired generation plant.

Posted on March 03, 2015

Crowd at public meeting on Raven mineOn March 3rd, after the Watershed Sentinel went to press, I went over to the Courtenay, BC head office of Compliance Coal, owners of the Raven coal mine. Compliance Coal had announced they had withdrawn their Raven Underground Coal Project re-application from the provincial Environmental Assessment screening process.

Posted on May 15, 2014

Voters Taking Action on Climate Change issues notice of legal challenge of Texada Island coal export permit approval
-- challenge will argue use of Mines Act to issue coal port permit illegal, process unfair

Posted on October 08, 2012

Most of the coal mines on Vancouver Island closed long ago. A few working remnants of that robust past linger on, such as Quinsam Coal in Strathcona Park, but Vancouver Island's coal industry had said farewell to its glory days. Now the ghost of that dangerous and grimy past, when the Royal Navy fuelled up in Nanaimo, and Ginger Goodwin lost his life in a union organizing drive, is surfacing. The implications of coal bed methane gas extraction for an island just beginning a new life in the post-resource extraction era are startling.

Posted on September 26, 2012

Potential savings of millions a year spur application to burn.

The four Norske Skog pulp mills in British Columbia are lining up to burn coal to help them deal with wet hog fuel and sludge, after the release in August of a report on the "test" of coal at Elk Falls Mill. The report chronicles a veritable miracle of clean air results -- reduced dioxins, almost no impact on greenhouse gases, and less mercury than when burning natural gas. Predictably, the mill is also making much of the fact that the coal comes from Quinsam Mine, thus "keeping the money in Campbell River."

Posted on August 29, 2012

Crofton pulp mill has devised an impressive follow up to the spectacular success of its sister mill in Campbell River with burning coal. Readers of the Watershed Sentinel may recall that that mill declared coal a win-win situation (they win and they win again) after it revealed to the pulp and mining town that burning coal actually decreased most pollutants (See “Mill Praises

Posted on July 16, 2012

by Rob Wiltzen

The residents and communities of the Sea-to-Sky region are celebrating a recent decision by the BC government following months of vocal opposition to a plan that promised to introduce a raft of new emissions to their airshed.  

The use of coal in the Port Mellon pulp mill of Howe Sound was firmly blocked by the BC Ministry of

Posted on June 23, 2012

by Quentin Dodd 

There is a saying along the lines that those who do not learn from history and past mistakes are destined to repeat them. 

A strong parellel to the proposed Comox Joint Venture (under the Compliance Energy partnership) coal mine in the Cowie Creek watershed near Fanny Bay, to find a strong parallel on Vancouver Island

Posted on February 09, 2012

Coal map Vancuver Islandby Graham Brazier

Thirty years ago, when there had been no active coal mining on Vancouver Island for fifteen years, residents of Campbell River were asked to consider a proposal to open a new mine in the Quinsam River watershed.

The mine, which by its daily operation would foul staggering amounts of water, was proposed for a site in a watershed containing salmon spawning grounds - the same grounds that developed and sustained the

Posted on June 14, 2011

by Arthur Caldicott

It's when someone wants to mine it that all hell breaks loose. 

Let's go back 150 million years, back to the tail end of

Posted on February 02, 2009

by Arthur Caldicott

The beast is stirring again in BC. The government is ready to launch a new wave of coalbed methane (CBM) projects and promotion around the prov­ince.

The new policy states: "Best coalbed gas practices in North America. Companies will not be allowed to surface discharge produced water. Any re-injected produced water must be injected well below any domestic water aquifer."

Sounds positive. Best practices must be good. And