The open pit and underground coal mine would be located approximately 55 kilometres south of Chetwynd and 40 kilometres west of Tumbler Ridge. Xstrata, the largest exporter of coal for power stations, says it would eventually produce 6 million tonnes of washed coal per year, to be transported by tail to Prince Rupert for shipment overseas. Its expected life would be over 20 years.
If it is determined that a federal environmental assessment is required, there will be three more opportunities for the public to comment.
Written comments must be submitted by February 11, 2013 to:
Sukunka Coal Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
410 – 701 West Georgia Street
Vancouver BC V7Y 1C6
A summary of the project is available online and for download below.