British Columbia ready to formally review new area for Fording River coal mine

The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office said Jan. 28 that it has formally accepted an application from Teck Coal Ltd. for an environmental assessment certificate for the proposed Fording River Operations Swift Project.

This means the application review process has begun. Teck Coal is Canada’s largest producer of metallurgical coal.

Teck Coal proposes to develop a new operating area adjacent to existing Fording River Operations, producing a total of 175 million metric tonnes of processed clean coal over 25 years, and disturbing 1,200 hectares of land not previously permitted for mining. The site is 20 kilometers northeast of Elkford.

Said the website of parent Teck Resources about this operation: “Teck’s Fording River operation is located 29 kilometres northeast of the community of Elkford, in southeastern British Columbia. The mine produces steelmaking coal. The current annual production capacities of the mine and preparation plant are approximately 9.0 million and 9.5 million tonnes of clean coal, respectively.Proven and probable reserves at Fording River are projected to support mining at current planned production rates for a further 70 years.”

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