General · 7th September 2010
Coal is the dirtiest of fossil fuels, and here in BC we are one of the world’s largest exporters. The BC government is supporting a massive expansion of our coal industry at the very time Premier Campbell is claiming our province to be a climate leader.
One of the newly proposed coal mines is Raven Coal Mine, located in the beautiful Comox Valley. This proposed mine, right in the heart of the Baynes Sound watershed, would extract 44 million tonnes of coal over a 20-year period. This proposal would be the first phase of an ambitious development that could stretch from Buckley Bay to Campbell River and include open pit mines. The Raven mine would result in three or four 42 tonne capacity coal trucks per hour/24 hours a day/7 days a week on the highway between Buckley Bay and Port Alberni. If allowed to go ahead, this mine will have a major impact on sensitive salmon habitat, the world famous Fanny Bay shellfish industry, local air and water quality, and carbon emissions associated with burning coal.
Join the Sierra Club, Wilderness Committee and CoalWatch Comox Valley on Saturday, September 25th at the Quadra Community Centre, to learn more about coal mining in BC and how you can help stop the Raven Coal Mine project. Doors will be open at 6:30pm with presentations starting at 7pm. Refreshments provided.