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Guides set for coal mine environmental approval

Jun 08 2012

A proposed coal mine in the Comox Valley has passed another hurdle.

The Environmental Assessment Office and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency have approved guidelines for the Raven Underground Coal Project, planned for a site five kilometres west of the Buckley Bay ferry terminal, that incorporate input from First Nations, the public and governments.

Independent scientists approved the framework from which information about potential effects on the environment, transportation, heritage resources and other factors will be gathered, Raven Project CEO John Tapics said in a statement.

The guidelines will be used as part of the project's application for environmental approval.

The company predicts the project will generate $1.1 billion for the north Island economy, creating 200 jobs during construction and 350 full-time jobs once the mine is operational.

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