Wilderness group awards CoalWatch president

John Snyder has led the opposition to the proposed Raven Coal Mine project

John Snyder, a person familiar to readers who have followed the Raven Coal Mine story, has been awarded the 2015 Eugene Rogers Environmental Award by the Wilderness Committee, according to a news release from the Island branch of the group.

The committe said under Snyder’s leadership, CoalWatch has worked with local citizens, business owners, municipal government leaders and environmental groups like the Wilderness Committee to successfully fight off the proposed Raven Underground Coal Mine.

“Working with people like John has been the best part about the fight to stop this short-sighted mine,” said Torrance Coste, Vancouver Island Campaigner with the Wilderness Committee. “I’ve learned a great deal from John’s steady leadership and constant humour, and will always look up to him as a mentor.”

Earlier this year the proponent withdrew its application for the Raven project, but the application hasn’t yet been terminated by the BC Environmental Assessment Office.

“I’d like to thank the Wilderness Committee for its steadfast support on the Raven Coal Mine issue over the past six years,” Snyder said. “The actions of thousands of concerned citizens have prevented this mine from becoming a reality, and on behalf of all of those who have raised their voices, I’m greatly honoured to receive this award.”

Snyder was presented with the award — along with a $1,000 prize — this past weekend at the Wilderness Committee’s AGM.

— NEWS Staff/Wilderness Committee news release

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