It’s been an excellent week in the campaign to halt the Raven mine.
- The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Board was unanimous in its opposition to further processing of the environmental assessment application for the project unless the provincial and federal governments do some things they simply are not going to do (link).
- The BC Shellfish Growers Association (BCSGA) opposition to the mine was strongly presented to the CVRD last week (link).
- Judith Sayers included the Raven mine project in a short list of mines and pipeline projects in BC to which First Nations are vehemently opposed. This was on Vaughn Palmer’s Voice of BC show this week; Adrian Dix was the guest. What’s significant in this is the status of Raven as First Nations see it. (link)
- The Comox-Nanaimo Presbytery of the United Church of Canada issued a press release announcing a resolution opposing the Raven project (link).
- Compliance stock is shunned by investors and its stock hit an all-time low of 6 cents on Friday (link)
- Coal prices remain low and show little sign of reversing the trend
A few thousand people now get the credit for this: without three years now of grassroots work in the Comox Valley and Port Alberni, support from the Wilderness Committee, Sierra Club, West Coast Enviromental Law, UVic's Environmental Law Centre, and other friends and allies – educating the public, media, governments, other stakeholders; keeping the issue alive and hot – this week would not look at all like this.
All in all, it seems like a good time for a Steve Rovics' song, We Are Everywhere (http://youtu.be/n8j8BmgeYLA)
The Raven mine is one relatively small project in such a big world of big carbon emissions and corporate-government collusion. Nevertheless, it looms large locally. Dorothy Field said once, to the Joint Review Panel reviewing the GSX Pipeline project, “I’m proud to be a NIMBY. If everyone was protecting their own backyard, then all the backyards in the world would be protected.”
Thus with the little Raven mine project – if we can stop it, and the folks in Bellingham can stop a coal port project, and British Columbians can stop Northern Gateway, and folks in the Midwest and across America can stop Keystone XL, well, whittling at the edges can become a movement that is unstoppable.
We are everywhere.