Public Notice
Michel Creek Coking Coal Project — Public Comments Invited

November 18, 2015 — The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) commenced a federal environmental assessment for the proposed Michel Creek Coking Coal Project, located approximately 15 kilometres southeast of Sparwood, British Columbia.

The Agency invites the public to comment on which aspects of the environment may be affected by this project and what should be examined during the environmental assessment, as detailed in the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines. All comments received will be considered public.

Written comments must be submitted by December 18, 2015 to:

Michel Creek Coking Coal Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
410-701 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC  V7Y 1C6
Telephone: 604-666-2431
Fax: 604-666-6990
CEAA.Michel.ACEE@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

Map depicting the location of the project, as described in the current document.

To view the draft EIS Guidelines or for more information, visit the Agency's website (Registry reference number 80110).

Copies are also available at the following locations:

  • Elkford Public Library
    816 Michel Road
    Building C
    Elkford, B.C.

  • Sparwood Public Library
    110 Pine Avenue
    Sparwood, B.C.

  • Fernie Heritage Library
    492 Third Avenue
    Fernie, B.C.

  • Cranbrook Public Library
    1212 2nd Street North
    Cranbrook, B.C.

This is the second of four opportunities for the public to comment on this project. Following this comment period, the Agency will finalize and issue the EIS Guidelines to the proponent.

Projects subject to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 are assessed using a science-based approach.

The Proposed Project

CanAus Coal Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Australia's CoalMont Pty Ltd., proposes to construct, operate, decommission and abandon an open-pit metallurgical coal mine in the Elk Valley, located approximately 15 kilometres southeast of Sparwood, British Columbia. As proposed, the Michel Creek Coking Coal Project would produce 3.5 million tonnes of raw coal per year (2.1 million clean tonnes), over a mine-life of at least 10 years.

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