Seventy-two people attended the Baldy Ridge Expansion open house

Baldy Ridge open house well attended by locals

On Mar. 10, the BC Environmental Assessment Office hosted an open house to inform the public about Teck’s proposal to expand Baldy Ridge.

On Mar. 10, the BC Environmental Assessment Office hosted an open house to inform the public about Teck’s proposal to expand Baldy Ridge at its Elkview Mine. The open house was held at the Sparwood’s Senior Centre from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Along with BC Environmental Assessment Office representatives, there were representatives from  Teck and the independent firms that assessed the different areas of concern.

There were nine information booths set up dedicated to a variety of topics including the economic benefits, the impact to fish and wildlife and the air quality concerns. There was also a station where people could provide feedback and inform Teck of their concerns regarding the proposal.

The Baldy Ridge expansion would prolong the life of the Elkview mine by 30 years, with expected operations lasting until the year 2045. While it wouldn’t provide a large influx of new jobs, it would maintain the estimated 1000 workers already employed at the mine for another three decades, 85 per cent of which live in the Elk Valley or Crowsnest Pass areas. The expansion is expected to generate $221.6 million in employment income over its lifespan.

Teck’s Manager, Community and Aboriginal Affairs Nic Milligan was happy with the amount of people who showed interest in the project.

“At the Mar. 10 open house, as at past consultation events, there was strong recognition of the economic benefits of mining,” said Milligan. “We also received questions about potential dust, noise and vibrations related to the project and we will be taking that feedback into consideration throughout our regulatory application.”

Teck reported 72 people attended the open house.

The Baldy Ridge Expansion proposal has been reviewed by the Environmental Assessment Office, and is now in the application review stage and the public comment period. The application review stage lasts for 180 days, and the government is expected to make their decision in September. If approved, the project is expected to begin operations in the fall of 2017.


Just Posted

VIDEO: Explorers uncover Canada’s deepest cave in Fernie

The cave, named Bisaro Anima, was confirmed to have broken the record on New Year’s Day

New Glade ferry enters testing phase

The Glade II will be able to carry heavier loads and will use less greenhouse gases.

Freezing rain warning in effect for B.C. Southern Interior

Environment Canada issued the freezing rain warning for most of the Southern Interior Tuesday morning

Rumble In The Rockies brings live boxing back to Fernie

Local boxer, Dylan Mitchell takes first career win at home

Smiles all around as province announces emergency ward funding

$2.1 million to go to much-needed upgrades

VIDEO: Orcas put on a show near Hornby Island

Louis Jobodin shares photos and video of his experience

Body discovered in burnt out car near Trail

Police report a body was found in the burnt out trunk of a 1999 Honda Civic

VIDEO: B.C. Lions sign defensive back T.J. Lee to contract for upcoming season

The four-year veteran had a team-high four interceptions and 49 tackles last season with B.C.

How an immigrant to Canada helped Donald Trump prove his mental health

Test that cleared Trump was developed by doctor associated with McGill and Sherbrooke universities

Premier touches on multiple topics ahead of Asia trade trip

Housing and childcare are expected to be the focus of the BC NDP’s first budget in February.

UPDATE: Friends mourn boy, 15, killed in Vancouver shooting

John Horgan: ‘No stone is to be left unturned until we find the perpetrator of this heinous crime’

Vernon to host largest Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games in 2019

Games to be held Feb. 21-23, with more than 800 athletes expected to take part

Ex-BC Liberal staffer focused on ‘favourable’ ethnic communities in scandal: lawyer

Former communications director Brian Bonney’s sentencing hearing for breach of trust is underway

Sunwing vacation passengers left at Abbotsford airport

YXX staffers receive praise for help to passengers; airline criticized

Most Read