Lead voice for proposed coal mine leaves company

Stephen Ellis resigned not long after sending the EAO a letter alleging bias

The man leading a controversial coal mine project near Qualicum Beach has resigned.

Compliance Coal Corporation issued a statement Thursday saying “Stephen Ellis has resigned as an officer of the company to pursue another opportunity.”

The resignation comes on the heels of a heated letter Ellis sent to the Environmental Assessment Office late last month claiming the “built-in biases” of the EAO hindered plans for the Raven coal mine project proposal to more forward in Buckley Bay.

Compliance’s statement Thursday was brief, saying Ellis will stay on as an advisor and aid in the company’s transition until a successor is appointed.

John Snyder, president of CoalWatch, a group historically against the Raven coal mine, said he’s not sure the resignation will affect the coal mine proposal. “Frankly, I just think they are rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic,” he told The NEWS. “Regardless of Mr. Ellis’ resignation, the Raven coal mine project will continue to face intense public scrutiny, concern and opposition and it simply can’t be reasonably justified.”

Snyder said over the past six years there have been several changes in Compliance’s corporate structure, but “the constant during this time is the Raven coal mine project has faced broad-based concern and opposition on a host of environmental and socio-economic issues. The net result is a lack of social license for the project.”

According to Compliance’s website (www.theravenproject.ca), the Raven project proposes to remove metallurgical or steel-making coal from a site west of Buckley Bay ferry terminal.

Just Posted

Qualicum Beach versus Parksville – who wins?

Councils could take part in first-ever lawn bowling challenge

Ballenas grad to perform opera and art songs in Parksville to fund Prague trip

UBC music student Juliana Cook was asked to study and sing in the Czech Republic

Ravensong Waterdancers to get you in sync

Teams will perform 12 routines at watershow on April 28

Soccer Whalers trip 49ers 1-0 in high school clash

Ballenas now prepares for North Island championships

‘No answers:’ Canadians react to Sri Lanka bombings that killed hundreds

The co-ordinated bomb attacks killed at least 207 people and injured 450 more on Easter Sunday

RCMP confirm witnesses say body found at Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Police tape is blocking part of the beach and several RCMP officers are on scene.

B.C. fire department rescues kittens

Enderby homeowner not aware kittens in wood pile near garbage pile fire that got out of hand

Party with extreme views on immigration running on Vancouver Island

Opposing candidate says National Citizens Alliance’s participation ‘highly problematic’

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Global Affairs warns Canadians in Sri Lanka there could be more attacks

A series of bomb blasts killed at least 207 people and injured hundreds more

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Most Read