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Wolverine Mine Project in trouble with Environmental Assessment Office over coal transportation

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TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – The Environmental Office has told Conuma Coal Resources Limited that they are to cease transporting coal by truck since they have broken Condition 1 of the coal certificate they were issued.

According to a recent article in Business in Vancouver, there is currently no rail service in the area, which is the requirement for the coal to be moved.

The Environmental Assessment certificate was issued on January 13, 2005. On December 13, 2016, the certificate was amended naming Conuma Coal Resources Limited as the Certificate Holder.

The Environmental Assessment office has issued a Enforcement Order dated July 5, 2017. It stated:

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“Following a complaint from a member of the public, the undersigned conducted an inspection of the Project against the requirements of Certificate Condition 1 and has determined that Conuma Coal (Certificate Holder) was not compliant with Condition 1 of the Certificate due to a failure to operate the Project as described in Schedule A of the Certificate. Schedule A indicates that coal from the Wolverine Mine be transported by rail from the loadout facility adjacent to the Wolverine Mine site.”

According to the Enforcement Order, the Certificate Holder (Conuma Coal Resources) has said that between 50 and 100 coal truckloads have been hauling daily from the Wolverine Mine site to the Willow Creek loadout for a minimum of close to four months.

“The trucks have been traveling north on Highway 29 to the Town of Chetwynd and then west on Highway 97 to the Willow Creek Forest Service Road for a distance of approximately 150 kilometres.”

The Environmental Assessment Office has issued the following requirements to Conuma Coal Resources:

  • Immediately upon receipt of this Order, cease hauling of coal by truck from the project
  • Not resume hauling coal from the Project unless it is by rail through the coal load out facility at the Project site, as authorized by the Certificate, or the Certificate is otherwise amended to authorize another method of transport

The CN Rail spur-line was stopped back in 2014.

The article by Business Vancouver states that Ken McCoy, one of the managing directors for Conuma said he is hopeful the spur line will be operational again by the end of August and that the company is applying for permission to truck until the spur line is open again.

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Story courtesy Business in Vancouver: https://www.biv.com/article/2017/7/wolverine-coalmine-owners-told-stop-trucking-coal/

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