British Columbia agency reviews new area for Elkview coal mine

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.

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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.