Why the threat?

Mine spokesperson's comments seem unnecessarily aggressive

The front page article in The News on Sept. 18, entitled, ‘Mine Seeking Support’ reports a presentation by Don Berkshire, the project manager of Compliance Coal to the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce, in which he attempts to garner support from the local business community for the proposed Raven Coal Mine.

His objective was to counteract the “negative publicity” and press reporting which to date “is not that favourable.”

The sole justification he offered to the community was the economic benefit the mine would bring to the area by creating 350 new jobs and furthermore he claimed that the average salary of the miners, with benefits, would exceed $100,000 dollars.

He neglected to qualify his statement with the fact that the miners represent only a portion of the total workforce — a comparison to similar ventures would put the figure in the order of 20 per cent.

As well,only those miners actually operating the machinery at the coal face would command the high salary.

The province will receive no economic benefit from royalties because the coal rights are owned by Compliance Coal.

Compliance Coal continues to assert their product is a metallurgical coal whereas all the analyses indicate it that it is in fact a thermal coal.

Recently, the depressed state of international coal markets has caused Australia, the world’s biggest exporter of coal, to abandon the development of two major coalfield areas which would have produced a coal which would have had far superior coking properties to that of the Raven coal.

The statement that Compliance has spent $15 million dollars to date on environmental studies is of questionable validity.

This figure may represent the total outlay on the property, but to my knowledge most of the $12 million paid by the Japanese and Korean partners for their 40 per cent share was spent on drilling a series of exploratory boreholes.

I am puzzled why Mr. Berkshire feels it necessary to include in his presentation the implied threat to those who might seek to delay the mine that the developers “have very deep pockets and we are not going away.”

Does he fear that the view of Oceanside residents who oppose the mine because of legitimate environmental concerns might indeed prevail?

Herbert Sullivan


Qualicum Beach


Just Posted

Order in the chambers: Qualicum Beach votes for council code of conduct

Coun. Robert Filmer’s motion passes unanimously at town meeting

Rainbow crosswalk in Qualicum Beach covered in mysterious black substance

‘It was disappointing to see this act of disrespect take place inside our community’

Oceanside RCMP hunt for man after pair of indecent exposure incidents

Elderly woman grabbed by man who had been masturbating in the woods

Nanoose Bay’s Northwest Bay Road again open to the public

Single-lane alternating traffic expected to stretch into September

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

Striking Western Forest Products workers could lose benefits in September

Union, forest company at odds over Vancouver Island benefit payments as strike enters third month

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Forests minister visits B.C. town hit by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

B.C. music teacher accused of sexual misconduct involving girls

Police believe other victims could be out there after the arrest of Lamar Victor Alviar

B.C. family stranded in Croatia desperate to come home

Funds being raised to bring back mom and two children

Most Read