This community information site has been established to provide timely and relevant information following a breach of a containment pond at the Obed Mountain Mine.
On April 28, 2014, Westmoreland Coal Company (“Westmoreland”) and Sherritt International Corporation (“Sherritt”) concluded a sale transaction that had been planned since early 2013.
Westmoreland has acquired Sherritt’s coal assets, including Coal Valley Resources Inc. (“CVRI”), which owns and operates Obed Mountain Mine (“Obed”). CVRI, under Westmoreland, will continue to own and operate Obed.
CVRI is currently working with expert consultants carrying out monitoring and remediation activities for the Obed release. While no longer the owner and operator of CVRI and Obed, Sherritt retains the ultimate responsibility for all commitments and obligations resulting from the release at Obed, including monitoring and remediation activities and addressing Aboriginal and community concerns, and is working closely with CVRI and Westmoreland on these issues.
All future updates will be issued by CVRI.
Operations at the Obed Mountain Mine were staged-down in November 2012 in response to low coal prices. There are currently no plans to resume active mining and processing operations.
Since November 2012, Obed has been undergoing reclamation to restore previously mined areas to permanent vegetation, lake development and forest . Reclamation is an ongoing process that all mines, including active sites, undertake as a normal and progressive component of their operations. As of December 31, 2013, approximately 644 hectares, or 34% of the total mine area, had been reclaimed and converted to permanent vegetation, lake development and forest.
Millennium EMS Solutions Ltd. has completed a review of available data and compiled a Human Health Risk Assessment (Version 3), which can be found in the Plans & Reports section.
- Sampling and monitoring have returned to spring/summer requirements, as outlined in the Long Term Sampling and Monitoring Plan for 2015.
- A Sediment Trap Evaluation Report was submitted on March 26 and is available here.
- Evaluation of the ice and flow conditions are being completed to identify when silt curtains should be deployed in approved sediment traps.
- The Final Impacts Report, submitted in May 2014, is being updated and will be resubmitted to the AER on May 15th.
- This report will include updated Fish Sampling and Monitoring, Impacts Assessment, Wildlife Mitigation, and Remediation plans.
- An updated Human Health Risk Assessment Report will also be submitted as part of this report. Based on data interpretation to date, adverse effects have not been indicated for the scenarios evaluated.
- Reporting documents continue to be posted on the Obed website on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis. See reports: Plans & Reports and Data Collection.