Trent Ernst, Editor
HD Mining recently sent an update to Mayor and Council, bringing them up to date on the Murray River project.
The letter, penned by former MLA Blair Lekstrom, says that, with the decline portal progressing to over 100 metres deep, another shift is being added, with an additional 22 workers arriving in Canada last week.
The full text of the letter follows:
Dear Mayor Wren,
I am writing to update you on our Murray River Project.
The first group of temporary foreign workers arrived last October to assemble the specialized underground mining equipment and begin work related to the extraction of coal for the Bulk Sample. Work on the decline has progressed well to a depth of over 100 metres. As a result, another shift is being added which will require an additional 22 underground workers. They are scheduled to arrive in Canada on March 27.
A new Mine Manager, Norman Johnson, has been appointed for the project. Norm brings considerable underground coal mining experience having previously been the Mine Manager at the Quinsam underground coal mine on Vancouver Island.
We are working hard to finalize our Environmental Assessment application for submission to the provincial and federal regulators and hope to achieve this within the next two months.
HD Mining International remains committed to training and using local workers. We continue to work with Northern Lights College and others on training and curriculum requirements for underground long wall coal mining.
The Murray River Project has brought significant economic benefits to the region. To date, expenditures on the project are over $90 million dollars – a significant portion of which has been spent on local goods, services and contracts.
We look forward to further discussions with you as the project moves forward and if you have any questions or would like to meet please do no hesitate to call us.
Thank you and have a great day.
Senior Advisor to the Chairman,
HD Mining Internal Ltd.