Mining for the Future: an introduction to the 2012 Coal Forum

It is an exciting time to be part of Northeastern BC. This was confirmed at this year’s Coal Forum held in Chetwynd from October 10 to October 11, 2012. Representatives from all the big players involved in the mining industry as well as government and the TransCanada GasLink Pipeline project came out to present their projects, ask questions and network.
The main focus of this year’s forum was mining for the future. This encompasses many facets of industry, training, community and environmental responsibility, enabling faster permitting, as well as companies working together to reach mutually beneficial outcomes for both industry and the impacted communities. 
The Forum was forward-thinking with presentations from companies in different stages of development in their projects. Companies such as Cardero Resource Corp., Xstrata Coal and Teck discussed where their projects stand in terms of exploration; permitting and presenters also gave outlines for what they expect in terms of longevity of their operations. As expected, everything sounded great on paper.
This first installment of stories from the Coal Forum will touch on coal prices; the CN railway expansions; the Native Plant Greenhouse initiative with Walter Energy and First Nations groups; and a few stories about interesting individuals who attended the Forum. The stories will continue in the October 23 issue of the newspaper.
Lynsey Kitching