Protect Pacific West Coast fishery, bird, and shellfish habitat. (Not to mention the habitat and health of all those living near the proposed mine, and all the rest of us who indirectly suffer through coal mining, transportation and consumption emissions.). Some interesting companies have significant stakes in this venture. If companies (and/or their subsidiaries) like this are going to support this type of mining in a sensitive area, purchase of their goods is worth reconsideration.
"The proposed Raven Coal mine is owned by Comox Joint Venture (CJV): 60% Compliance Coal Corp (a subsidiary of Compliance Energy Corp), 20% I-Comox Coal Inc.
, a subsidiary of Itochu Corp (Japan)
, and 20% LG International Investments (Canada) Ltd.
, a subsidiary of LG Corp (Korea).
The Raven mine would emit 127,500m3 of methane/day. Methane is 21 times more damaging than CO2. The mine will generate millions of tonnes of waste rock. The massive waste rock piles will cause acid mine drainage, which can contain arsenic, cadmium, selenium, and mercury.
The coal will be shipped to Asia. If the coal were used in British Columbia, a carbon tax of $58/mt would be applied, but because it is being exported, no carbon tax is applied, even though we all suffer the consequences of climate change.
Salmon, cutthroat trout, and herring populations are at risk of disappearing from Cowie Creek, the Tsable
River, and Hindoo Creek. Baynes Sound is home to a thriving shellfish industry. The Raven mine could permanently shut down this sustainable industry, which employs more than 500 local people. Very small increases in pollution from the mine can make the shellfish in Baynes Sound unfit to eat – thus killing the shellfishery without actually killing the shellfish.
Baynes Sound is an Important Bird Area (IBA program) in British Columbia. Toxins released by acid mine drainage will significantly impact the local bird populations.
In order to accommodate the huge Panamax freighters coming into Port Alberni, approximately 2.5 metres would have to be dredged from the bottom of the harbour, which contains massive amounts of toxins (including dioxins) released by the pulp mill in the past. Currently, these are held inert by a fibre mat. Disturbing this fibre mat and dispersing the toxins would have a devastating effect on local salmon and trout (cutthroat and steelhead) runs, as well as to
the 160 bird species that use the Somass estuary.
Coal dust is toxic. Port Alberni has frequent air inversions and has been declared as one of the poorest locations in Canada for diluting and dispersing airborne pollutants.
In addition to the Raven coal mine in Fanny Bay, the CJV is also planning to develop the Bear Deposit, an open pit mine within sight of Cumberland and above the water supply of Cumberland and the Comox Valley. Earlier posts from CJV also showed the Anderson mine, to be located at the base of Mt Washington, with tenures of 2137 acres (this was
removed from their website for reasons unknown)." Source
SAY NO TO RAVEN COAL!
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