Press Release, Sierra Club, June 5 2013
SEATTLE-- Today, the Sierra Club and its partners filed suit against Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) and several coal companies for violations of the federal Clean Water Act. The Sierra Club, Puget Soundkeeper, Columbia Riverkeeper, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, and Friends of the Columbia Gorge sent a 60 day notice in April after collecting evidence demonstrating the companies’ responsibility for emitting coal into waterways in several locations across Washington. Spokane Riverkeeper and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recently sent a notice letter for these violations as well.
CBC News, March 12, 2013
Port Metro Vancouver has approved the expansion of a coal facility in North Vancouver and is looking for a new facility to be built in Surrey, but the plans are generating opposition from regional mayors, environmentalists and residents.
Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, February 7 2013
JAENSCHWALDE, Germany — Green-friendly Europe has a dirty secret: It is burning a lot more coal.
Briony Penn, Focus, February 2013
Climate policy experts are speaking out against various schemes to export more carbon from BC’s coastal ports.
Truck driver John Snyder retired to bucolic Fanny Bay to live the life, only to wake up one morning three years ago to find a notice on his doorstep—an invitation to an information session on the Raven Coal Mine, proposed five kilometres upstream of his home.
Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, January 30, 2013
Critics want to know effects of increased diesel exhaust and coal dust from trains
Health leaders will continue to press Port Metro to conduct wider health-impact assessments of diesel exhaust and coal dust in the Lower Mainland after the go-ahead was given to an expanded coal terminal in North Vancouver.
Fritz Els, MiningNewsDigest.com, January 29 2013
Chinese financial website Finet quotes Phil Ren, chief of the China Coal Importers Association, as saying at an industry conference in Singapore, China's coal imports may reach 400 million – 500 million tonnes within three years.
Governor Inslee Calls Coal Exports ‘The Largest Decision We Will Be Making As A State From A Carbon Pollution Standpoint’
Jessica Goad, ThinkProgress.com, Jan 22 2013
Newly-minted Washington Governor Jay Inslee has been lauded for his impassioned views on environmental issues from climate change to renewable energy. Indeed, his first official act as governor was to write a letter to a clean energy company inviting it to relocate to the state.
Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, Dec 23 2012
The coal industry is booming in British Columbia, with a dozen new mines proposed around the province and the port of Metro Vancouver making expansive plans to become the biggest coal-exporting facility in North America.
Barry Critchley, National Poist, Dec 18, 2012
It’s never good news when a company announces it can’t make a scheduled semi-annual interest payment, and it’s particularly bad news given what such a decision implies for the affected bondholders as they try and reclaim some value.
By Steven Mufson, Washington Post, November 23 2012
In SALEM, Mass. — Peter Furniss, the fair-haired chief executive of Footprint Power, gives a tour of the aging coal and oil plant that towers over sailboats in this historic harbor.
Michelle Chen, In These Times, November 19 2012
To environmentalists, King Coal is headed for ruin, and the country’s old, dirty coal-powered plants symbolize the industry’s last dying gasps. But in an uncertain economy, coal is the only thing many working-class communities can cling to for stability.
Dene Moore, Canadian Press, Vancouver Sun, November 16, 2012
VANCOUVER - A mining company that has hired hundreds of temporary workers from China for its northern B.C. coal mine advertised those jobs in Canada for $10 to $17 less than what is paid for similar work at a nearby mine, a lawyer representing two unions told a federal court judge on Friday.
Wendy Stueck, Globe and Mail, Nov. 06 2012
VANCOUVER — A coal project shelved after B.C. introduced legislation that effectively nixed coal-fired electricity plants is back on the front burner, this time as a mine-only operation that does not include an electricity component.
Peter O'Neil, Vancouver Sun, October 9, 2012
OTTAWA — The first of a group of 200 temporary Chinese workers approved by the federal government will start arriving in B.C. in coming weeks to work in the burgeoning northeast coal industry, a mine project spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.
Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine, 29 Aug 2012
Dave Cooper, Edmonton Journal, August 24, 2012
EDMONTON - A proposed coal mine on Hinton’s doorstep could cost $1.5 billion if fully developed and bring more than 500 new jobs to the town.
Chicago Tribune, August 14 2012
Costly Leucadia project deserved Quinn's veto
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn made a sound decision last week to veto a project that would have put the customers of two major gas utilities on the hook for 30 years of overpriced synthetic energy.
Chicago Tribune, August 10 2012
Illinois - Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday vetoed a bill that would have allowed Leucadia National Corp. to move forward with a coal gasification plant slated for Chicago's Southeast Side.
Jason Mark, American Prospect, July 11 2012
A fight against planned coal-export terminals in the Pacific Northwest is becoming the next big climate battle.
Brian Dockstader, Campaign for America's Future, July 3 2012
If you've watched any cable news show in the last year, chances are you've probably seen one or a thousand ads from the fossil fuel industry attacking regulations and/or trying to paint their products as necessary for prosperity. If nothing else, the sheer volume of primetime advertisements makes one thing strikingly apparent: the fossil fuel industry has a LOT of money.
Cecilia Quiambao, Platts, June 5 2012
Bali, Indonesia (Platts) - At least 30 Panamax or Capesize vessels are floating off China's coast because traders who bought them have been unable to resell them to end-users, two industry sources said Tuesday at a conference in Indonesia.
By Gordon Hamilton, Vancouver Sun, June 5, 2012
Companies see opportunities in Asia, and are continuing exploring for deposits and developing mines
Despite a drop in prices in China, Canadian coal companies are not slowing down exploration programs or development of new mines.
Vancouver Media Co-op, May 26, 2012
Mining Conference Effectively Shut Down!
On May 24, 2012 the Vancouver Branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum hosted a luncheon meeting at the Four Season's Hotel in Vancouver focusing on Compliance Energy Corp's proposed Raven Coal Mine. The site for this proposed mine is in unceded Pentlach Territory on Vancouver Island, also known as the Comox Valley.
By Jeff Green, The Province, May 25, 2012
Protesters of a mining conference in downtown Vancouver were throwing more than just rocks.