Proposed Coal Mines across Canada

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 1:00am

Raven Coal
Hundred of local residents have packed the halls at every public meeting regarding the planned coal mine in the Comox Valley in Northern Vancouver Island. There is a long proud history of coal mining in the region but now decades later many on hand for public meetings brought forward cautionary tales about the impact that mining has had on inhabitants in the region. Local area residents are now also concerned about this mines potential contribution to climate change if it's allowed to go forward
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Beaverhill Lake Coal Project

Beaverhill Lake is a renowned getaway for bird-watchers and birds alike. The federally sanctioned bird sanctuary is home to over 270 species of migratory birds, including snow geese, Northern Saw-whet Owls, bluebirds. These important wetlands are now at risk from a proposed open pit coal mine just south of the lake.
The proposed Dodds-Roundhill Project in the Beaver Hill Lake area of northern Alberta is a proposed open pit mine.would dig 312-square-kilometre open pit get at the rich coal reserves that surround the internationally recognized site
The proposal calls for the conversion of the coal from the mine to diesel and gas products whichproducts that would be used in oil processing plants in the tar sands. This project would drastically drain the local aquifers, potentially pollute ground water and put at risk a sensitive area for migratory birds. This project is estimated to add 45,000 tonnes of CO2 to the atmosphere annually if allowed to proceed.

Hwy 37 and the Mount Klappan Coal Mine. 

Touted as a project to provide communities in Northern BC clean energy, the Highway 37 electrification project is supported by several dirty mining companies. The demand for power in the northwest is driven largely by the mining sector, and independent power projects. One of the mines that would rely on this transmission lines is the proposed Klappan Coal Mine, near the "Scared Headwaters" of BC.This region is home to large populations grizzly bears, stone sheep and Osbourn caribou, and is the starting point for the three most important salmon rivers in BC: the Stikine, the Nass and the Skeena. The Mt. Klappan coal licence is for an open pit mine that that would devastate over 15,000 hectares. This project will have significant impact on fisheries and wildlife, and the tradition way of life for the Wet’suwet’en people. For this reason it is opposed by the local first nations.

"If Mt. Klappan coal is exported to produce steel, as Fortune Minerals proposes, it could eventually add 10.5 million tonnes of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere every year. That’s equal to nearly one sixth of British Columbia’s total emissions, and it would make the Northwest a major global contributor to climate change.
" Pembina Report,

Flathead – Lodgepole Mine
The BC Throne Speech for 2010 contained a very positive commitment. The Premier announced that no mining or oil, gas or coal bed methane extraction would take place in the Flathead Valley. This commitment encompasses a vast expanse of untouched wilderness in the South East Corner of British Columbia. For this commitment to be lasting it must come in the form of strong legislation and for the area protected must connect the wildlife ecosystem of the entire Flathead River Valley system within the Rockie mountains in southern BC and Alberta.

First Coal and South Central Coal Mine vs the West Moberly and the Caribou
The people of the West Moberly band are the traditional inhabitants of an area north of what we call Chetwynd BC. The people of the West Moberly have taken the province of BC and a BC mining company to court in an attempt to protect the endangered mountain caribou in the region that are threatened by a proposed coal mine project. At the time this paper went to press the court had not ruled. Regardless of the outcome of this important case the fight to protect the already heavily impacted north east of BC will be ongoing.

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