The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office said June 7 that it has approved the Application Information Requirements/Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines for the proposed Raven underground coal mining project on Vancouver Island.
This key document specifies the information that must be contained in project backer Compliance Coal’s impending application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate.
Compliance Coal dba the Comox Joint Venture is proposing the development of the Raven project, located near Buckley Bay on eastern Vancouver Island. The mine would tap about 30.1 million tonnes of coal and rock (raw coal) from an underground mine over a 16-year period. The current mine plan calls for the development of the following components: portal and underground mine; coal processing plant; run-of-mine (ROM) coal, processed coal and clean coal stockpiles; topsoil and till stockpiles; engineered combined coarse and fine rejects stack dump; water management sediment pond; offices; maintenance building; power supply and distribution system (including a transmission line running from the main high voltage transmission line situated up to 5 kilometers east of the mine site); and transport of coal via truck from the mine site to Port Alberni.
At Port Alberni, the company would build transfer and storage facilities and use present berths. The mine would produce about 1.9 million tonnes per year of ROM coal.
The company has entered into a cooperative Environmental Assessment (EA) process with both the British Columbia provincial government and the Canadian federal government. The cooperative process is intended to minimize duplication wherever possible, and must be completed prior to obtaining further permits and beginning construction of the proposed project.
Compliance Energy, which is backing this project, noted in a May 23 financial report that the Comox Joint Venture was formed in 2009 by it and I-Comox Coal Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan’s ITOCHU Corp.) and LG International Investments (Canada) Ltd. (a wholly owned subsidiary of LG International Corp.)
During the first quarter of this year, Compliance Energy said that the joint venture, along with its consultants;
- continued to update and advance outstanding items from the feasibility study on the Raven project;
- continued to gather baseline environmental information including, but not limited to aquatic species, hydrology, hydrogeology and climatic data;
- continued to advance the environmental permitting process for the Raven project; and
- continued to liaise and dialogue with the governmental environmental assessment offices and is currently awaiting acceptance and release of the final version of the AIR/EIS Guidelines by the Province of British Columbia and by Canada. That is the document that the EAO issued on June 7.