Walter Energy to close Willow Creek coal mine near Chetwynd

According to an article from CNBC, the mine is expensive to operate with a cost of $150 per tonne compared to other mines in the region where costs are $130 and $120 a tonne.

The company hasn’t said how many jobs will be lost with the mine closure, but did say the mine would close in the coming weeks.  In 2010 the company said the mine and plant facility could employ up to 300 people.

In 2010, Western Coal (now Walter Energy) announced the re-opening of the Willow Creek metallurgical and PCI coal mine that had been lying dormant since 2007.