Alberni councillor stands by CBC coal interview

A Port Alberni city councillor stands by what she said on CBC Radio about the Raven Coal Project even though some have chastised her about it.

Counc. Cindy Solda was interviewed on CBC’s ‘On The Island’ on May 12.

When asked by the interviewer about the benefit of the project to Port Alberni, Solda replied that there would be jobs across the Island.

But in Port Alberni there would be some jobs on the waterfront loading coal but there would be spin offs at restaurants and hotels.

“Indirect jobs (though) there’s a lot of positives to that,” Solda said.

Regarding transportation of coal, council’s preferred long-term option is rail.

Solda supported trucking in the short term only, she said, “…if all the safety issues and highway issues were met.”

There would be truck traffic by the hospital “But there’s a lot of truck traffic there already,” she said.

Solda would not answer whether or not rail was a deal breaker with the city. “That’s up to the will of council,” she said.

The coal storage may be located in the Tsunami zone, but if a big wave cascaded up the canal “That would be my least worry,” Solda said.

The answers point to a lack of homework on the councillors part, project critic Stacey Gaiga said.

“ I know they have a lot on their plates but educating themselves about this issue should be on that plate,” Gaiga said. “They need to do their homework.”

The jobs would be construction to start and dirty ones later. “The Port Alberni District Labour Council is opposed to the project and not interested in the jobs,” Gaiga said.

And if a Tsunami washed through 80 tonnes of coal the arsenic, cadmium and mercury would steep into wherever the coal was washed.

“And people who say coal is not toxic – that’s bull**it,” Gaiga said.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

 

Read the verbatim transcript by clicking here.

Just Posted

Merry Makers create new craft fair for Port Alberni

Hansen Hall fair begins as Work of Heart organizers retire

Port Alberni highland dancers invited to North American competition

Kali Nahorney received honourable mention medals in two categories

Government looks for public input on Cathedral Grove safety concerns

Port Alberni, Parksville info sessions invite public to help ‘shape future access’

ARTS AROUND: Enjoy magic and comedy at the Capitol Theatre

Transport yourself back in time for the McLean Mill Christmas Market

Port Alberni to receive $8.7 million in affordable housing

Two projects in the Alberni Valley will provide 87 units of housing

People flocking to Vancouver Island city to see hundreds of sea lions

Each year the combination of Steller and California sea lions take over Cowichan Bay

Commercial trucks banned from left lane of Coquihalla

B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation has introduced a new program that hopes to prevent accidents and closures on the Coquihalla Highway.

B.C. on track to record same number of overdose deaths as last year

128 people died of overdoses in September, bringing the total to more than 1,100 so far in 2018

Cowichan school district defends lack of notice to parents following elementary student arrest

Officials with School District 79 stand by their decision not to send out an alert.

B.C. firefighters rescue horse stuck in mud

‘It happens more often than you’d think,’ says deputy chief

Island Corridor Foundation optimistic about restoring rail service

If green-lighted, first priority would be Langford to Victoria route

Canadians more prepared for weather disaster than financial one: poll

RBC recommends people check their bank app as often as the weather app

B.C. dog owner sues after pet killed in beaver trap

A Kamloops man is suing the operator of a trapline north of the city after his dog died

Heading soccer balls can cause damage to brain cells: UBC study

Roughly 42 per cent of children in the country play soccer, according to statistics from Heritage Canada

Most Read