The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office sent a brief July 5 letter to Cardero Coal Ltd. saying that it is terminating a long-dormant review of a major metallurgical coal mine project.
Said the letter from an EAO official: “I am writing with respect to the Environmental Assessment (EA) of Carbon Creek Coal Mine Project (Project). As stated in the letter sent to you dated May 19, 2016, the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) considers the fact that you have not replied to previous correspondence as indication that you do not wish to proceed with the EA for the Project. As we did not hear from you by the June 18, 2016 deadline, the Project has been withdrawn from the EA process.”
The EAO’s review had been largely dormant since soon after the company in February 2013 filed a description of the project. The Carbon Creek Project had involved the development of a metallurgical coal mine with an anticipated average annual production rate of 4.3 million metric tonnes of clean coal once full production. The mine had a life of 20 years with a total of 78.4 million tonnes of clean coal produced. The project site is located in northeastern BC, approximately 40 kilometers west of Hudson’s Hope, south of Williston Reservoir, and 50 kiolometers north-northwest of Highway 97.
The Canadian National railway line connecting Fort St. John and Tumbler Ridge with Prince George passes 30 kilomters south of the mine property.
The proposed mining methods include underground room-and-pillar mining with continuous miners, surface contour and area mining using hydraulic excavators and trucks, and highwall mining. After a short ramp-up period, all mining methods were to be employed concurrently throughout the proposed 20-year mine life.