Saturday, May 21, 2011

Proposed Coal Mine Threatens Vancouver Island's Comox Valley


A proposal to build a 3,100 hectare underground goal mine in Vancouver Island's Comox Valley is raising alarms in local communities concerned over the potentially catastrophic environmental impacts. Residents are concerned over potential contamination of local aquifers, surface waters and the impact they may have on Baynes Sound, an important estuary both ecologically and for the extremely valuable shell fish industry. The coal would then be shipped over land and loaded onto ships for export at Port Alberni, at the mouth of the legendary Stamp River. All in all the project poses a tremendous risk to river and marine ecosystems in the Comox Valley and Port Alberni and should not be approved. There are a series of town hall meetings scheduled on Vancouver Island

Monday May 30, 2011 – Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay, BC

Thursday, June 2, 2011 – Port Alberni Athletic Hall, 3727 Roger St. , Port Alberni, BC

Friday, June 3, 2011 – Union Bay Community Club, 5401 South Island Highway, Union Bay, BC

and a 40 day public comment period began May 18th and runs through the end of June. More information at Coal Watch:

http://www.coalwatch.ca/draft-air-released-public-comment-begins-may-18-june-27

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