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BC Gov’t Gives Green Light To Proposed Tumbler Ridge Coal Mine

Friday, October 2, 2015 @ 3:55 AM

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.




HD Mining? hmmm, the same people that brings in Chinese?

of the 780 people employed during the life, how many are going to be foreigners sending the disposable income back to the homeland?

I was going to ask how are they opening a new mine when so many mines in the area have halted production or shut down totally. I guess the comments above answer that question. With so many layoffs in the mining industry they should be able to find lots of experienced Canadian miners to fit the job.

Take a drive to Tumbler, under the agreement this is very sophisticated mining operation and requires knowledgeable miners. 220 more will be coming from company operations in China. They will help train Canadian miners in the required language to receive proper training, in operations and health and safety. They will also be paid the going rate of pay and benefits on completion of their training .Welcome to the new Canada friends.

Many years ago, when Quintette and Bullmoose both started operations, the town of Tumbler Ridge was created and housing was built to accommodate the workers and their families. It was a vibrant little community!

When Quintette and Bullmoose closed and newer operations started up, the employees no longer lived in TR, but instead just stayed in camp during their work shift. The economy of the community plummeted as workers took their paycheques home with them to communities other than TR! This seems to be more and more the norm, with employees living in camp, eating food prepared in camp with groceries brought it by the camp operator. Very little of the worker’s paycheques are spent in town, instead the paycheques are taken home to the worker’s permanent residence and are spent there. The economy of towns like TR suffer as a result of this new reality!

In the case of TR and the Chinese workers, at least these workers are living in the town, eating in the town’s restaurants, buying groceries in the town’s grocery store and contributing to the town’s economy by at least spending “some” of their paycheque in TR.

Such is the new reality!

Have the previous batch of Chinese miners completed the training of domestic Canadian miners and have they all returned to China already?

I have nothing personally against them but wasn’t that the understanding and agreement?

Hartguy when Wolverine and Trend mines opened there were no camps. Workers either bought or rented houses or apartments. There was a lot of workers renting bedrooms as for the most part accommodations were scarce. The first question the HR departments asked when screening applicants was “Do you have a place to live?”. People would fudge that question and would wind up quitting 3 weeks after getting hired because once they got there they found they couldn’t find a place to live. Part of that was probably because when Quintette and Bullmoose operated the houses were company owned. When you quit you had to move out to free the house up for the next employee. After they closed the houses and apartments were sold. This in turn created a housing shortage when the new mines opened as many houses were now occupied by retirees and others who took advantage of the firesale and opted to live there year around.

RE:Out of town workers not spending money in T.R. Quit spouting of with your constant verbal diarrhea when you don’t have a clue what you are talking about. I for one worked up in Tumbler Ridge for 8 yrs. until the mine closure. I commuted up to T.R. and back home. MY expenses included paying rent up in T.R. all the while paying down a mortgage. Secondly fuel was bought there. Third groceries were purchased there. Restaurant meals because one was so tired after work to cook sometimes. Just add up those expenses bright star and see what you come up with………YA not contributing to the local economy, you don’t have a clue. OTHER expenses, supporting the tourism booth….buying treats for the wife. touring the dinosaur museum numerous times, coming back up for holidays with family and friends. Let me tell you lots of pesos were spent in TUMBLER RIDGE.

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