Community update from Coalmont Energy Corp.

After a spill in late August, Coalmont Energy Corp., is working to get clean up done and keep the community updated on progress.

Photo taken six days after the Basin Coal mine spill. The  line drawn in the sand shows how the deposit of coal dust had remained firmly attached to the bottom of the river which appeared black in colour.

Photo taken six days after the Basin Coal mine spill. The line drawn in the sand shows how the deposit of coal dust had remained firmly attached to the bottom of the river which appeared black in colour.

Coalmont Energy Corp. submitted its Action Plan to the Ministry of Environment on Sunday, September 8. The Action Plan contains information and recommendations from the Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Techniques (SCAT) report as well as updates from the preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

The final recommendations of the SCAT assessment have been submitted to the Ministry of Environment as part of the Action Plan. The Ministry requires time to review and comment on the recommendations of the SCAT and preliminary EIA reports. Once the Ministry of Environment has completed their review and provided their approval, the specific details of the Action Plan will be made available.

Triton Environmental Consultants, the lead environmental team, have continued the ongoing work of obtaining numerous samples and data from Collin’s Gulch, Tulameen River, Similkameen River, and the surrounding environment. Coalmont Energy Corp. staff continue to monitor and maintain the temporary silt control dams and silt fences along Collin’s Gulch.

After a more detailed review of events, it has been determined that the initial estimate of the quantity of spilled material is no more than 13,000 gallons. This updated information has been provided to Triton Environmental Consultants and Polaris Applied Science for consideration of their report findings and recommendations.

Upon approval of a finalized Action Plan, Coalmont Energy Corp. will release the recommended clean-up actions as provided by the technical experts.