Canadian agency mulls environmental review for Cardero Coal project

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency said Jan. 15 that it must determine whether a federal environmental assessment is required for the proposed Carbon Creek Metallurgical Coal Mine Project in British Columbia.

To assist it in making its decision, the agency is seeking comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment. Written comments must be submitted by Feb. 4. The agency will later post a decision on its website stating whether a federal environmental assessment is required.

Cardero Coal Ltd. is proposing the development of an open-pit met coal mine located approximately 60 kilometers northwest of Chetwynd and 40 kilometers west of Hudson’s Hope in northeastern B.C. The production rate of the proposed project would be 4.1 million tonnes per year and the expected mine life would be 20 years. The proposed project would require open-pit surface mining followed in the future by combined surface and underground mining.

“Metallurgical coal is less abundant than thermal coal and is used to produce coke, which is an integral component of the steel manufacturing process,” said an agency summary of the Carbon Creek project. “World demand for high-quality metallurgical coal continues to grow to support industrialization in China, India, and many other countries. British Columbia is ideally positioned to satisfy this demand owing to the existence of high-quality coal deposits, an efficient transportation infrastructure for bulk commodity transportation, a skilled workforce and a stable political environment, to develop the province’s vast coal resources. Development of the Carbon Creek coal deposits will contribute to expanding and sustaining local communities and will be economically beneficial to the province and the country as a whole.”

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.