The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office sent a March 6 letter to international miner Glencore rejecting a Jan. 19 application for an environmental assessment certificate on the Sukunka metallurgical coal mine project to be located southwest of Chetwynd, B.C.
The office said the application doesn’t meet the standards set out in its Application Information Requirements policy. It said details were lacking in areas of mine planning and water quality impacts. The office did praise the company for its work in the pre-application outreach process that preceded the official project application.
The mine will initially produce 1.5 million to 2.5 million tonnes per year (Mt/y) of metallurgical coal from surface mining for export markets and this will increase to 6 Mt/y at peak production when a deep mine is developed. The Sukunka Project is subject to review under the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Act.
The Sukunka project tenure is owned by Boreas Inc., which is a jointly owned subsidiary of Xstrata Coal Canada Resources Ltd. (25%) and First Coal Corp. (75%). In May 2013, Glencore acquired Xstrata PLC and became the proponent of the Sukunka Project.