Officials must listen

People overwhelmingly oppose coal project — and people in charge should take heed

With the public consultation period on the proposed massive coal mine near Fanny Bay now completed, a review of the submitted comments paints a clear picture. 

An overwhelming majority of the nearly 4,800 written submissions thus far in the two comment periods oppose or have concerns about the proposed coal mine project. 

The common thread in the recent public meetings held in Courtenay, Port Alberni and Union Bay was  this coal mine proposal is not what the residents in the Comox Valley and Port Alberni see as a vision for sustainable development in our communities.

Despite the evidence of opposition and concern, the federal and provincial regulators say that they have no choice but to continue with the environmental assessment of the project. CoalWatch along with numerous community groups, labour councils, local governments, and thousands of British Columbians have shown support for a more rigorous review, an independent review panel with public hearings.

It’s time that our local MPs and MLAs listen to the public demand for a more rigorous review, and support the call for an independent review panel with public hearings. They need to lobby on our behalf at both the federal and provincial ministerial levels of government.

If the public is forced to endure an environmental assessment on this ill conceived project, at least we should have the most rigorous review currently available. 

Please call your MP and MLA and ask for their support of an independent review panel with public hearings on the Raven Coal Mine Project. The residents of the Comox Valley, Port Alberni and Vancouver Island deserve nothing less.

John Snyder

CoalWatch Comox Valley Society

Fanny Bay

 

Just Posted

Firefighters battle reported bush blaze in Coombs

Multiple departments from Parksville Qualicum Beach area on-scene

Man dead after reported early-morning hit-and-run incident in Parksville

Oceanside RCMP seek public’s help gathering information

Retired Nanoose Bay teacher ‘Set for Life’ after $675K lottery win

Shannon plans to buy new sails for his sailboat

VIDEO: Ride to Conquer Cancer rolls into Hope

Thousands of cyclist descend on small town for annual cancer fundraiser

VIDEO: Ride to Conquer Cancer rolls into Hope

Thousands of cyclist descend on small town for annual cancer fundraiser

Island murder victim’s mom expresses outrage over mental fitness decision of the accused

Smith vows to keep fighting until justice served for Descoteau

B.C. VIEWS: Pipelines set to roll as federal politicians posture

Projects to drive B.C., Canadian economy in years ahead

Racist confrontation in Richmond parking lot caught on camera

Woman can be heard yelling racial slurs, swear words at woman in apparent parking dispute

B.C. Lions fall to 1-9 after 13-10 loss to Ticats

Lowly Leos have dropped six straight CFL contests

VIDEO: B.C. woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

B.C. man who died after rescuing swimmer was known for helping others

Shaun Nugent described as a dad, a coach, a hero and ‘stand-up guy’ at celebration of life

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

Most Read