Q: What vision do you have for Sparwood beyond the lifespan of current mining operations?
A: I believe that the Elk Valley is coal rich, and as long as there is a need for coal in this world, the Elk Valley will be able to supply the demands for coal to make steel! At what cost to Sparwood, and Elkford and Fernie, I have no idea, as far as what changes could mining bring about to the communities? I am a coal miners daughter, my dad was killed int the Bomber North explosion, and my Uncle Rocky was buried and died in A South mine! They both died almost fifty years ago, and still, we continue to mine! I believe the mines will continue to add new life spans as they deplete the life spans they have now set! Coal mining will go on and on for years to come, that is my belief!