Michel Creek Coking Coal project gets provincial and federal reviews

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency said Nov. 18 that it has commenced a federal environmental assessment for the proposed Michel Creek Coking Coal Project, located approximately 15 kilometers southeast of Sparwood, British Columbia.

The agency invites the public to comment on which aspects of the environment may be affected by this project and what should be examined during the environmental assessment, as detailed in the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines. Following this comment period, the Agency will finalize and issue the EIS Guidelines to the company.

This is the second of four opportunities for the public to comment on this project. Written comments must be submitted by Dec. 18.

The EIS Guidelines document identifies the potential environmental effects to be taken into consideration and the information and analysis that needs to be included in the proponent’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office on Oct. 23 issued an order offically putting the Michel Creek Coking Coal Project of Australia-based CanAus Coal Ltd. into the provincial environmental assessment process. The proposed mine would have a disturbance area of approximately 1,000 hectares and a production capacity of about 2.1 million tonnes per year of clean coal.

CanAus Coal, a subsidiary of Australia’s CoalMont Pty Ltd., proposes to construct, operate, decommission and abandon an open-pit metallurgical coal mine in the Elk Valley, located about 15 kilometers southeast of Sparwood. As proposed, the Michel Creek Coking Coal Project would produce 3.5 million tonnes of raw coal per year (2.1 million clean tonnes), over a mine-life of at least 10 years.

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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.