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Dec. 14, 2012
Ministry of Environment
Environmental Assessment Office
Roman Coal Mine granted conditional environmental assessment
VICTORIA - Environment Minister Terry Lake and Energy, Mines and
Natural Gas Minister Rich Coleman have issued a conditional
Environmental Assessment Certificate to Peace River Coal Inc. for
the proposed Roman Coal Mine project, located 30 kilometres south of
The ministers made the decision to grant the Environmental
Assessment Certificate after considering the review led by B.C.'s
Environmental Assessment Office. They also considered supplemental
information concerning the government of B.C.'s Peace Northern
Caribou Plan, including funding already in place to support the plan
and protection measures for 400,000 hectares of high-elevation
winter caribou habitat across the South Peace area. A record of the
factors that the ministers considered in making their decision can
be found in the Reasons for Ministers' Decision at:
The Environmental Assessment Certificate includes 25 separate
conditions (many with numerous sub-conditions). Each of the
conditions is a legally binding requirement that Peace River Coal
Inc. must meet to be in compliance with the certificate.
British Columbia's environmental assessment process involves a
rigorous, thorough review that provides for significant
opportunities for First Nations, government agencies and the public
to provide input on the potential for environmental, economic,
social, heritage and health effects of a proposed project.
The proposed project is a 499-hectare expansion of the existing
Trend Mine. The components include:
* Three linear open pits.
* Waste rock dumps (with some backfilling into Trend pits).
* A network of mine access and haul roads tying into the existing
Trend Mine access route.
* Water management structures (sedimentation ponds and collection
* An in-pit tailings management facility.
* Selenium, sulphate and nitrate treatment facilities.
* A new coal processing plant (for both the proposed Roman Mine and
the Trend Mine).
If granted a Mines Act permit and other relevant permits, the
proposed Roman Mine will be constructed on provincial Crown land and
have a production capacity of two to four million tonnes of
metallurgical coal per year for a ten-year production life.
The project has the potential to contribute over $54 million to GDP
and create over 1,000 jobs in construction and 760 jobs in
Peace River Coal Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of AngloAmerican
PLC, one of the world's largest mining companies, headquartered in
London, UK, with operations in Africa, Europe, South and North
America, Australia and Asia. PLC is the legal abbreviation of Public
Limited Company, a type of limited company whose shares may be sold
to the public.
Ministry of Environment
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