Math by coal mine critic doesn’t add up

Dear editor,

There are many issues about the Raven coal mine proposal including the issues brought forward by the Liberal government.

Dear editor,

There are many issues about the Raven coal mine proposal including the issues brought forward by the Liberal government.

However when people, in opposition to development, put forward non-rational arguments you have to wonder if they are helping or hindering their cause

Mike Bell told us we “…can do the math.” So I did.

Mike said the waste from the Raven Coal Mine “will be the size of a 500-storey building spread over an area the size of Canadian football field.”

A Canadian football field is 110 yards long or 330 feet. It is 65 yards wide or 195 feet. Most people say a building storey is 10 feet. In tall buildings the storeys actually are more than 10 feet high, but to keep the math simple I used 10 feet.

So, according to Mike, the Raven coal mine will produce a pile of waste 330 feet by 195 feet wide and 5,000 feet tall or almost a mile high. So it would be slightly wider than the CN tower (,1815 feet tall, 218.4 feet wide) but 2.5 times taller.

Almost as tall as the the CN tower, on top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, on top of Great Pyramid of Giza, which altogether would total 5,017 feet.

As that would easily be the tallest freestanding structure in the world, Vancouver island would get millions of tourist coming to view the most incredible rock stacking ever. I think if Compliance Energy Corporation can stack rock with that kind of precision they should be allowed to have the coal mine.

Nina Usherwood,



Just Posted

Outdoor classroom coming to Huband Park Elementary

The project has been a collaboration of various community groups, says PAC member

Marijuana to be legal in Canada Oct. 17: Trudeau

Prime Minister made the announcement during question period in the House of Commons

Campbell River schools, First Nations preserve traditional tongue

Project uses new technology to promote language to kids

Public to have say about pot

Senate passes Cannabis Act

A talent in the making

Pats consider 16-year-old a leader

In reversal, Trump signs executive order to stop family separation

President had been wrongly insisting he had no choice but to separate families apprehended at border

New Jersey forward Taylor Hall wins Hart Trophy as NHL MVP

Vancouver’s Sedin brothers share King Clancy Award for humanitarian efforts

Vancouver Island nursery property sells in historic deal

Green Thumb Garden Centre and Nurseries in north Nanaimo sold

GoFundMe page launched for families of missing Vancouver Island fishermen

Search for three men whose vessel capsized near Tofino on June 15 continues.

50 new fires sparked in B.C. after lightning strikes across province

Similar conditions seen at the beginning of 2017 wildfire season

B.C. woman graduates high school at age 92

Nanaimo’s Joan Deebank the oldest high school graduate ever in B.C., as far as ministry can confirm

B.C. Appeal Court rules lottery winner must be paid back $600,000 loan

Enone Rosas won $4.1 million in a lottery in 2007 and loaned a portion to a friend

17th Street to be repaved

Motorists can expect closures and detours

B.C. man surprised after used needle falls from sky

A Vernon resident said a syringe fell out of the sky and landed at his feet

Most Read