British Columbia agency rejects Glencore app on Sukunka coal mine project

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.

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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.