BC Gov’t Gives Green Light To Proposed Tumbler Ridge Coal Mine
Prince George, BC – A proposed underground coal mine near Tumbler Ridge is one step closer to reality, after receiving an environmental assessment certificate from the provincial government.
HD Mining International Ltd is proposing a $668-million dollar underground mine that would produce 4.8-million tonnes of coal and employ 780 people over its 25-year operating life.
There are 24 conditions attached to the assessment, including a requirement that HD Mining hire an independent environmental monitor and develop a suite of management plans for potential impacts on wildlife, fish and fish habitat, wetlands, air quality noise, ground and surface water.
The Ministry of Environment points out that HD Mining has already decided to construct a production decline under the Murray River instead of an overland conveyor, based on comments from First Nations and government agencies during the environmental assessment.
The Murray River Coal project still requires federal environmental assessment approval and various federal and provincial permits to proceed.