Partner’s withdrawal would not ‘have an overall effect’ on Comox Valley coal mine

The proponent of a proposed coal mine near Baynes Sound downplays a minority partner's possible withdrawal from the project.

The proponent of a proposed coal mine near Baynes Sound downplays the significance of a minority partner’s possible withdrawal from the project.

Itochu Corp. of Japan — of which I-Comox Coal is a subsidiary — has “signalled an intention” to leave Comox Joint Venture but has not given formal notice of withdrawal, says Stephen Ellis, president/chief operations officer of Compliance Energy Corp. Itochu owns 20 per cent of the venture, as does LG International Investments. Compliance has a 60 per cent ownership interest.

“If Itochu was to withdraw, it doesn’t have an overall effect on the joint venture,” Ellis said. “We’ll still continue.”

Compliance met Monday with the provincial Environmental Assessment Office and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. The former rejected the company’s initial application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate.

The two sides are “working in harmony on this project,” Ellis said.

“We put a sample section together. They’ve had that for a month to review. We’ve got some further revisions to do. It’s a process — it can be difficult at times but we’re getting through it.”

Ellis figures the company is four to six months away from reapplying.

reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

Just Posted

Comox resident proposes golf course conversion to park

A Comox resident is hoping he’s not the only one who would… Continue reading

Moms of those killed by illicit opioids take to B.C. Legislature in call for action

Moms Stop the Harm, a nationwide network of families who have lost loved ones to overdoses rally

Taxing Vancouver Island

Big Read: find out which communities are paying the lowest and highest taxes on Vancouver Island

Y2K Spitfire comes home

Stocky Edwards guest of honour at banquet

Crown Isle acquires Longlands Golf Course

The Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community just got a little bit… Continue reading

VIDEO: Canadian toddler caught practising hockey skills in crib

Eli Graveline is getting praise from far and wide as the internet freaks out of cute throwback video

Man shot dead in Surrey ID’d as hockey coach and father of two

Murder of Paul Bennett – a respected Peace Arch Hospital worker and ‘champion of sport’ – ‘not random’

Serial killer Robert Pickton transferred to Quebec: victim’s family

Pickton was convicted in December 2007 of six counts of second degree murder

Canadian Syrian children’s choir not to attend festival over fears about U.S. travel

Many kids are recent immigrants from countries covered by Trump travel ban

Amalgamation fails in North Cowichan and Duncan

North Cowichan says yes, but Duncan says no

B.C. teacher ends Jeopardy! winning streak, taking home US$69,000

Ali Hasan, from New Westminster, has been gaining fans as a “one-man invasion,” says Alex Trebek

Jett Woo highlights 5 Canucks choices on Day 2 of NHL entry draft

WHL star out of Moose Jaw tabbed in Round 2

Lawyer fired in B.C. courtroom during trial for dangerous driving causing death

Dustin Dennis Zinter was charged following November 2015 accident near Nanaimo, B.C.

Most Read