Raven Mine (Canada)

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The Raven Underground Coal Mine Project is a proposed mine near Fanny Bay, Canada, by Compliance Energy Corporation and the Company's subsidiary Compliance Coal Corporation, which are doing business as the Comox Joint Venture. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency ("CEAA") and the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office ("BC EAO") have announced a public review and comment period of forty days commencing on May 18, 2011 regarding the draft Application Information Requirements ("AIR")/Environmental Impact Statement ("EIS") Guidelines for the Raven Project.[1]

In 2007, Compliance estimated that the company could extract about 30 million tons of high-grade metallurgical coal from the Comox Joint Venture site over a period of about 20 years. In 2010 it revised the figures to 13 million tones of metallurgical coal over 16 years, resulting in larger percentages of lower grade thermal coal, and potentially toxic waste. The amount of saleable coal, both metallurgical and thermal, is now only 44% of the total mined.[2]

June 23, 2010: Raven Coal Protest, Vancouver Island, Canada

On Wednesday, June 23, 2010 activists from the Wilderness Committee and other concerned citizens gathered in front of Compliance Energy's annual general meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The people were protesting plans by the company to construct the Raven underground coal mine in the Comox Valley. Wilderness Committee Pacific Coast Campaigner, Tri Donaldson listed concerns about mining pollution damage to clean water, which would have a devastating impact on the regions shell fish industry. Also of concern is the huge role that the burning of coal world wide has in worsening climate change.[3]

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