Telkwa Coal brings big opportunity to Northern B.C. and beyond

Mine expected to bring 160 well-paying long-term jobs to Bulkley Valley

Mining equals opportunity. As we celebrate BC Mining Month, it’s worth reflecting on our province’s long history of mining and the many benefits it brings to communities like ours.

Here in Telkwa, coal mining dates back more than 100 years. The coal industry has been a constant presence throughout the region and an ongoing source of opportunity.

For us, it is not just about the 160 new local jobs that Telkwa Coal will provide during full production. And it’s not just that these will be good-paying, secure, long-term positions. It’s about the many spinoff benefits that will also fuel our local economy.

These are jobs that are staying in our community. This includes equipment operators, environmental technicians, administration and managers, labourers and trades technicians.

Our employees will go to work each day and return to their families each night. Their pay checks will be spent and reinvested right here, at home. Not to mention the many goods and services we will need in our daily operations.

This activity creates opportunities for supporting other businesses and spurring further investment. We estimate the indirect local benefit to equal more than 240 jobs.

In addition, the Tenas Project will amount to $368 million in tax revenues for municipal, provincial and federal governments during its lifecycle that will contribute to funding social services, healthcare and education.

Steelmaking coal is a necessary ingredient in the production of steel. And, if you look around your home or workplace, you’ll notice that steel goes into almost everything we use each day, from our cellphones and furnaces to our fridges and vehicles. Steelmaking coal also plays a critical role in green energy technology, including wind turbines and solar panels.

To put things in perspective, the steelmaking coal we would mine here in Telkwa on an annual basis would produce enough steel for approximately 5,000 wind turbines. That’s enormous reach and benefit extending well beyond northern B.C.

Over the next month, we can celebrate the many opportunities that mining creates throughout B.C. Safe, responsible mining is about ensuring we meet or exceed all regulatory requirements, minimizing the potential effects of our operations, and creating lasting benefits for communities near and far. It supports thousands of families, and by investing in communities like Telkwa, we’re also supporting their future.

Just Posted

Ramona Wilson Memorial Walk: Twenty-five years, but still no closure

“What we’re standing for today is that nobody is going to sweep this under the rug, nobody.”

Muheim class repeats 2017 award for interaction with seniors

Liliana Pesce’s Grade 4-5 class honoured by BC Retired Teachers Association

Bulkley Valley U14 boys soccer squad wins zones

The Rapids will now proceed to provincial championship in Prince George July 4-5

Donaldson announces seal coating for portions of Hwy 16, Kispiox

Two sections of road in the Bulkley Valley have had their fate sealed.

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

B.C. Interior First Nation family ‘heartbroken’ over loss of young mom

RCMP have released no new information since the June 8, 2019 homicide

Most Read