Greenhills Operation slide leaves debris in nearby creek

A slide occurred at Greenhills Operation near Elkford that deposited debris into Greenhills Creek.

Following the storm that hit the Elk Valley, a slide occurred at Greenhills Operation near Elkford that deposited debris into Greenhills Creek.

The slide itself happened sometime between November 27 and December 1 at the operation’s waste dump which is not currently in use, according to Nic Milligan, manager of community and Aboriginal affairs.

The debris, consisting of rock contents removed during the mining process, fell into the creek over approximately two kilometers but was contained to Teck property.

“At Teck, we take this incident very seriously and are committed to ensuring the environment is protected,” said Milligan.

Milligan assured that authorities were notified upon the incident’s discovery on December 1. An investigation has been launched into the cause of the incident.

“As part of our investigation, we will be assessing potential environmental impacts. A settling pond downstream from the area is expected to limit any effects,” said Milligan.