The proponent of a proposed underground coal mine near Baynes Sound hopes to reapply for an environmental certificate by about the end of March.
Last May, the provincial Environmental Assessment Office rejected an application from Compliance Energy Corp. The company expects the Raven mine would create about 350 full-time jobs as well as spinoff jobs. Estimates indicate it could operate 16 years.
“We’re still compiling our resubmission,” said Stephen Ellis, president/chief operations officer at Compliance. “It’s gone slower than we thought.”
Minority shareholder Itch Corp., which had signalled an intention to leave, will not be withdrawing from Comox Joint Venture, Ellis added.
“It’s just not an easy thing to do,” he said.