Posted on August 20, 2014

There may be a light at the end of the long dark tunnel: It appears China's coal boom is over.

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Posted on August 11, 2014

Coalwatch Sounds Alarm Over New Player in Vancouver Island Coal Rush

Posted on June 11, 2014

CoalWatch News, June 10, 2014

In January of 2014, the Ministry of Energy and Mines awarded coal tenure to Hillsborough Resources for 2287 hectares in two claims on Woodhus Creek and the Oyster River. This was despite a request from the Comox Valley Regional District that the tenures not be approved. The claims are immediately to the southeast of Hillsborough's Quinsam Mine.

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 April 17, 2014

 -- coal contamination on beach confirmed by citizen lab test, suggests terminal violating existing export permit

On November 19th, 2010, an explosion ripped through the Pike River coal mine in New Zealand.  29 miners were killed and their bodies remain entombed to this day. One of the dead miners was 21 year old Ben Rockhouse.  Ben's dad, Neville Rockhouse was the mine safety and training manager.  He lost his beloved son on that tragic day, and his reputation.

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


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