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District of Tumbler Ridge releases statement on closure of coal mine

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The statement in full below:

The District of Tumbler Ridge has received the news regarding Anglo American’s decision to move their project into care and maintenance. We would like to express our condolences to all of those affected by the announcement. We are deeply concerned about the impact of this announcement on workers and families. We will be working with all of our community, provincial, and federal partners to help support our residents over the coming months.

Over the years Tumbler Ridge has worked to diversify our economy. Where none had existed we now have a major wind farm in operation, one in constructions, as well as others in exploration. Oil and gas operations have grown, a community forest has been created and expansion plans suggested, a UNESCO GeoPark application, the second in North America, has been submitted, and all season tourism and outdoor recreation opportunities continue to grow. Over the past 18 months we have been developing a community sustainability plan to further diversify and strengthen the economy and the community. We will be moving forward with this plan and we are in a much stronger position today to deal with the impact of this announcement than when a similar situation occurred 15 years ago.

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We will continue to work closely with our partners: the provincial government, Anglo American, industry generally, the local business sector, UNBC, and others. The District will make every effort to keep our citizens and partners informed about what is happening as we move forward.

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