NEWS: Comox Valley chapter to honour Raven coal mine opponents

Gwynn Frayne

Gwyn Frayne

The Comox Valley Record reports that, "A diverse group of Vancouver Island citizens working hard to ensure a proposed coal mine above Baynes Sound doesn’t get rubber-stamp approval is being recognized by the local chapter of the Council of Canadians."

“'Each year, our chapter of the Council of Canadians presents a Community Action Award to a local group that has contributed significantly to the Comox Valley community,' says former CoC chair Gwyn Frayne.  'For the 2010 award, we have selected CoalWatch. The Council of Canadians is very committed to protecting our water and environment; we believe the Raven Coal mine threatens both.'”

"The local CoalWatch group was born (after) energy consultant Arthur Caldicott presented an in-depth analysis of the mine’s potential impacts before a large community meeting. John Snyder, Jaye Castleden, Campbell Connor and others took on a leadership role...channeling that community concern into action."

“CoalWatch and local shellfish growers are greatly concerned about the effects that any watershed contamination would have on the thriving local shellfish industry.”

"The award is to be presented Dec. 16 at the CoC’s Christmas Potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Creekside Commons."

More at http://www.bclocalnews.com/community/111639409.html.