Ninth annual Coal Forum

Trent Ernst, Editor


The annual Northeast British Columbia Community Coal and Energy forum landed in Tumbler Ridge last week, with presentations from most of the major players in the coal industry in the Tumbler Ridge area.

The forum, now in its ninth year, began with a pair of tours to both of Tumbler Ridge’s operating mines on a cold, blustery fall day.

Delegates attending the forum were ushered up to the mine sites in a Diversified transport bus.

For the first tour, up to Walter’s Wolverine Mine, the weather was cold and windy, but that’s okay, as the delegates remained on the bus. For the trip up to Anglo American’s Trend Mine, the light rain that was falling in town translated into a full-on blizzard on the mountain. Here, delegates were allowed off the bus, but the snow obscured the views over the pits.

The action started heating up that evening with a social event at the Trend Mountain Hotel. There was plenty of food and beverages and the last revelers didn’t leave until well after one in the morning.

The next morning, things got underway at 8:00 with breakfast, followed by the better part of a day of speeches, presentations and project updates from a variety of people representing mining companies and political organizations.

The coal forum is a joint presentation between the Districts of Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge, and bounces between the two communities. Next year, the forum will be held in Chetwynd.

It wasn’t open to members of the general public, but never fear; we were there, and over the next few pages, you can read about some of the things revealed at the forum.