Council mulls position over coal port

Port Alberni city council is taking its first steps in developing a position on shipping coal out of the Valley’s deep sea port.

Port Alberni city council is taking its first steps in developing a position on shipping coal out of the Valley’s deep sea port.

City councillors voted to meet with the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, Port Alberni Port Authority, and the Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations and discuss the proposed coal port.

The motion also called for council to tour a coal mine operation in the North Island.

“The City of Port Alberni cannot stop coal from coming if it is OK’d by regulatory bodies,” Coun. Jack McLeman said. “I’m not opposed to someone having a coal mine. But we may not like what we get, so this is the last chance.”

The Raven Underground Coal Mine would be located in the Comox Valley. The mine is projected to produce approximately 30 million tonnes of coal over 16 years. The product would be trucked to a facility at Port Alberni’s deep sea port where it would be loaded aboard a vessel and taken to points abroad.

The city has attended a lot of meetings and has pored over information but hasn’t taken a position one way or the other with the project, McLeman said.

The city has interests in the issue despite its regulatory impotence. Coal will be shipped through city streets, creating wear and tear. The proposed shipping point is located near a prime residential area, the value of which may be impacted.

“We need to know what we can have a say in that we control,” McLeman said. “I want to have a discussion before it’s done to us. We may be told “no” but at least we tried.”

Coun. Hira Chopra spoke against the motion, saying it was premature to take a stand when the city knows it has no power.

“We need all the information first because we don’t know which way the wind will blow with this one,” Chopra said. Coun. Cindy Solda agreed, saying all sides need to be talked to first before any kind of position or stand was taken.

Talking to other parties who have similar interests isn’t taking a stand and can’t hurt, Mayor John Douglas said.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Twitter.com/AlberniNews

Just Posted

Tsunami warning prompts evacuations in Port Alberni

Alaska earthquake prompted warning for coastal BC

UPDATE: Tsunami warning cancelled for coastal British Columbia

Warning issued following 7.9 earthquake off Kodiak, AK

COUNCIL WATCH: Here are some of the stories we’ll be following

Traffic counts, a Nuisance Property Working Group and more at Alberni council meeting

Stakeholders tackle poverty in Port Alberni

Residents invited to share ideas for solution at Tuesday (Jan. 23) meeting

Break and enters on the rise in Port Alberni

Thieves targeting garages, sheds and storage trailers

Testing the Google Arts & Culture app

Going face to face with art

‘The tsunami alarm failed my household’: North Coast residents concerned over sirens, alerts

People living in northern communities share how they learned about Tuesday’s tsunami warning

Snowboarder dies at Vancouver Island ski resort

Death at Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Man faces 48 charges in string of random Toronto shootings

The string of unprovoked shootings began Jan.9, say police

‘Shape of Water’ producer, Christopher Plummer among Canadian Oscar nominees

Guillermo del Toro film about merman romance earns 13 nominations

Canada, TPP agrees to revised deal without the United States

Canada and the remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have agreed to a revised trade agreement

Tsunami warnings 101: Canada

Here are some things to know about tsunami alerts in Canada and how they work

Rogers Media cuts ties with Vice Canada

Rogers Media and Vice Canada are ending their three-year-old partnership, pulling Viceland TV channel off the air

Most Read