Tumbler Ridge Chamber of Commerce Announces Upcoming Coal Forum

Brenda Banham, president of the Tumbler Ridge Chamber of Commerce stated today that the organization will be hosting the first Northeast British Columbia Community Coal Forum in Tumbler Ridge. The conference will be held on October 19th and 20th, and will be an opportunity for community members interested in mining to learn more about the coal industry in the northeast. Confirmed participants include the District of Tumbler Ridge, NEMI, Western Canadian Coal, Northern Lights College, and the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.

Topics will focus on the increased interest in the area?s abundant coal reserves. Willow Creek Coal Mine, 45km west of Chetwynd contains 15 million tonnes of known coal reserves and has an expected mine life of 14 years. The Perry Creek deposit is expected to yield approximately 17.1 million tonnes of coal and have a life expectancy of approximately 11 years. The Wolverine Coal project which will include both Perry Creek and EB open pits is located approximately 25km west of Tumbler Ridge. The Trend Coal Mine (Northern Energy and Mining) is working on developing two coal projects, the Trend and Saxon properties, 25km south of Tumbler Ridge. Annual production for the Trend property is expected to be 1.5 million tonnes of hard coking coal but that figure may change with future development. The Trend mine is expected to have a life span of 12 to 15 years.

The forum is an opportunity to ask industry and government experts about the coal industry; responsible coal mining development, reclamation policies, and to receive information on economic development, and business opportunities.

There is no charge for attending this event, and there may be an opportunity for local business to showcase their products at the event.

A brochure will be available shortly with more detailed information. For more information please email bbanham@neonet.bc.ca