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Mining Sector

For decades, the Peace Region mining industry centered in Tumbler Ridge has been a major economic driver. With the rise and fall of commodity prices over the years, the communities in proximity to the mines have had to weather the boom and bust cycle that comes with the mining industry. After several years of low commodity prices, several mines had idled back or closed operations. However, 2016 saw a surge in coal prices, particularly in metallurgical coal, which led to the restart of mines in the area. In the fall of 2016, Conuma Coal reopened the Brule Mine adding 170 jobs to the area. The company also opened the Wolverine Mine and began producing coal in 2017, providing an additional 220 jobs to the local economy. Then in July 2018, Conuma Coal opened the Willow Creek mine, their third in as many years in the Peace Region, adding yet another 190 jobs.

In July 2019, Conuma applied to the Environmental Assessment Office to open an additional mine near their current Wolverine operation. The additional Hermann Mine project is expected to extend the employment of up to 300 existing Wolverine Mine positions.

Environmental Assessments are currently ongoing for other proposed mines that, if approved, would add millions more metric tonnes of production annually to the Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd areas.

For more information: http://mines.nrs.gov.bc.ca/projects