Local First Nations receive funding to participate in environmental assessment of Murray River Coal Project neat Tumbler Ridge

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Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

The Sucker Creek First Nation and Kelly Lake Métis Settlement Society of Alberta, along with the Métis Nation of British Columbia each received around $10,500.

The funding can now be used to take part in the upcoming steps of the environmental assessment, like reviewing and commenting on the Environmental Impact Statement and the draft Environmental Assessment Report.

The underground coal mine would be 12.5 kilometres southwest of Tumbler Ridge, and would produce six million tonnes of metallurgical coal a year for an estimated 31 years. It’s proposed by HD Mining, and has been at the centre of a dispute over the hiring of foreign workers. The company has since won a federal court battle over its plans to bring in more than 200 temporary foreign workers from China.

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