North Coal’s proposed Michel Coal Project is located in western Canada’s Crowsnest Coalfield 15 km southeast of Sparwood, B.C., one of the world’s premier coking coal producing districts. The project lies within the traditional territories of the Ktunaxa First Nation and includes the Loop Ridge, Tent Mountain and Michel Head deposits, with a measured and indicated resource of more than 100 million tonnes of high-quality hard coking coal. The proposed Michel Coal Project is an open pit mining operation with an estimated mine life of up to 30 years, depending on the final production rate. The project site is adjacent to existing rail, road and power infrastructure and within close proximity to an existing port on B.C.’s west coast accessible to global coking coal markets.
After initially submitting a Project Description in 2015, North Coal decided to pause the regulatory process to allow further time to explore our licence area, collect baseline data, and optimize mine design. We recently re-entered the Environmental Assessment (EA) and submitted a revised Project Description to the BC Environmental Assessment Office and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency in August 2018. https://ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/documents/p80110/125708E.pdf
All aspects of our mining plan have been designed to reduce risk, minimize impacts and leave an environmentally sound landscape post-mining that can be used in perpetuity. The proposed mine design incorporates the findings of environmental studies and consultation input from the Ktunaxa Nation, communities, scientists, engineers, applicable regulators and other interest groups. The end result is a novel mine design incorporating best practices and the latest technology that protects water quality, minimizes landscape alteration and leaves a smaller environmental footprint.