NEW COAL LICENSE APPLICATIONS

In the past week CoalWatch Comox Valley has uncovered 18 new coal  license applications that have been filed for tenures in the Comox  Valley area. These coal license applications were filed with the  Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas, between May 10, 2013 and  May 24, 2013, by Feisa Resources Canada and Golden River Resource Inc.

Golden River Resource Inc. has filed 8 coal license applications, with  4 applications in the Anderson Lake area, just north of Comox Lake,  and 4 applications in the Oyster River area. The total area covered in  the Golden River applications is 9,075 hectares.

Feisa Resources Canada has filed 10 coal license applications in the  Fanny Bay-Union Bay-Royston area. The total area covered in the Feisa Resources applications is 13,312.5 hectares. These Feisa applications  appear to be for exactly the same coal that is targeted for the  proposed Raven Underground Coal Project.

“We were stunned to see this amount of new coal license applications  covering such a large area of the Comox Valley”, said CoalWatch  president John Snyder. “ The applications in the Anderson Lake area  are a huge concern due to their proximity to the Puntledge and Tsolum  River watersheds”.

“It’s shocking there’s been no public notice on these coal license  applications, other than being listed on an obscure government  website. These applications are the first stage in any future coal  mine exploration or development, and there needs to be more  transparency and public notice when these are filed,” added Snyder.

On two recent coal license applications in the Anderson Lake and  Oyster River areas, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) passed a  motion requesting no license be issued due to concern that coal mine  exploration, and further coal mine development, impacts existing industries.

“CoalWatch intends to monitor the review process on these new coal  license applications, and if the CVRD is asked to comment on these  applications, we’ll notify the public so they can voice their  concerns”, said Snyder. “These latest applications are the first step  on the slippery slope of transforming the Comox Valley into what many  fear would be a mini-Appalachian type coal mine region”.

For more information and maps of the coal license application tenures visit: http://www.coalwatch.ca

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