Fording River honoured – The Free Press Turns 115 Years Old

Fording River honoured - The Free Press Turns 115 Years Old

March 5 2008

Free Press Files

The Royal Alexandra Hall at the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel in Cranbrook was the venue for the 2007 Mining and Sustainability Award Gala dinner on Feb.. 28.

MLA Bill Bennett, Mining Association of B.C. Chair, Pierre Lebel, the Honourable Kevin Krueger, B.C.’s Minister of State for Mining as well as Ktunaxa Nation Chief Sophie Pierre were all in attendance when Fording River Operations was announced as this year’s recipient.

Fording River, a division of Elk Valley Coal Corporation, was nominated alongside three other mines and was chosen to be honoured this year based on its commitment to safety and reclamation.

“It’s everyone at the mine site that makes winning an award like this possible,” said Fording River Operations, EVCC General Manager, Richard Tremblay who accepted the award on behalf of the mine.

Situated 29 kilometres northeast of Elkford, on Eagle Mountain, Fording River is staffed with 900 employees. It is an open pit coal mine that has been in operation since 1970 and is the only mine in B.C. to operate its own greenhouse.

The Mining and Sustainability Award is one of many awards that Fording River has been presented with including the 2003 B.C. Coal Mine Citation Award for their reclamation achievements and ongoing research activities.

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