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.
- CVRI has updated the Long Term Sampling and Monitoring Plan and submitted the following updates to the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) on January 15:
- Updated Solids Recovery Report
- Updated Impact Assessment Report
- Updated Human Health Risk Assessment
- These documents can be found on the Plans & Reports page
- Data collection for the Wildlife Mitigation Plan continues and is reported on in the updated Impact Assessment Report
- Initial findings for 2015 related to the Fish Sampling and Monitoring Plan are also reported on in the Updated Impact Assessment Report
- CVRI will continue to analyze 2015 data collected under the regulator-approved plans
- Sediment trap clean out occurred throughout October.
- CVRI will continue to analyze 2015 data collected under the regulator-approved plans.
- New images and video from the Obed Mine have been posted to the website. These include images from wildlife cameras installed throughout the mine lease and images and video captured in October 2015, documenting remediation activities.
- A Human Health Risk Assessment (HHRA) will be updated and submitted to Alberta Health and the Alberta Energy Regulator on January 15, 2016 as part of the annual update to the Long Term Sampling and Monitoring Plan (LTSMP).
- Data collected under the approved LTSMP will also be submitted to the Alberta Energy Regulator on January 15, 2016.