Teck Coal Ltd. is proposing to extend the working life of the Elkview mine by developing and operating the proposed Baldy Ridge Extension Project, said anotice issued Jan. 7 by the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office.
The proposed project would be located approximately 2.5 kilometers east of Sparwood, British Columbia, and would produce an estimated 6.8 million tonnes of clean coal per year. The project is subject to review under British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Act. The company must obtain an environmental assessment certificate before any work can be undertaken.
However, prior to submission of an application for a certificate, the Environmental Assessment Office must first approve Application Information Requirements. Key to the Application Information Requirements is the identification of Valued Components to be studied and the areas within which the studies would occur. This task is done through the Valued Components Selection Document. To provide information about Valued Components selection, EAO invites the public to attend a Jan. 22 Open House in Sparwood. There are 30 days for the submission of comments by the public in relation to Valued Components Selection. The comment period will begin on Jan. 15 and end on Feb. 16. All comments received during this comment period in relation to Valued Components Selection will be considered.
Teck Coal is Canada’s largest metallurgical coal producer out of several big strip mines in western Canada, including Elkview.