Posted on August 6, 2008
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For those that enjoy looking at old pictures and want to know more about Coalmont, here is an excellent new series of pages.
Bob and Diane Sterne have been working hard to collect and compile historical information and pictures of our town. From the WELCOME page you can access the very excellent short history and the new picture pages named The Beginning, Boom Times, Upper Town, and Community.
I really like the pictures of the school. The one with Walt Smart as a schoolboy is noteworthy. He had a basket on the front of his bike – very cool. Can you even buy one of those any more? One thing you definately won’t find outside of a museum is the likes of Dave Brown’s pedal car shown here parked out behind the bank.
COALMONT ENERGY NEWSThis spot is for Coalmont Energy Corp. news and updates. Please check back soon.
Alvarez & Marsal: Arthon Industries Limited, Arthon Contractors Inc., Arthon Equipment Ltd., Coalmont Energy Corp., Robeka Projects Inc. and 0755049 B.C. Ltd. (together, the “Petitioners”) filed an application before the Supreme Court of British Columbia (the “British Columbia Court”) pursuant to the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, R.S.C. 1985 c. C-36 as amended (the "CCAA").
The British Columbia Court made an order (the “Initial Order”) on November 29, 2013, granting the Petitioners the protections afforded by a stay of proceedings until December 20, 2013 while the Petitioners pursue restructuring initiatives under the CCAA. The initial stay of proceedings has been extended until February 28, 2014.
The Initial Order appointed Alvarez & Marsal Canada Inc. (the “Monitor”) as Monitor of the business and financial affairs of the Petitioners in the CCAA proceedings.
Report from Dec. 3 - Coalmont Energy Corp. (CEC) and Triton Environmental Consultants (Triton) have been working closely with the Ministry of Environment (MOE) regarding further sediment abatement works in Collins Gulch as well as the completion of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report.
As part of the ongoing sediment abatement work, Triton completed an extensive and detailed survey throughout Collins Gulch to determine the amount of sediment that is remaining. From these results, and in consultation with MOE, CEC is constructing a new settling pond approximately 385 metres below the Collins Gulch Forest Service Road near the upper reach of the gulch. This pond has been designed to capture and retain any sediment that may be washed down the gulch. In addition to this new settling pond, CEC is expanding the existing settling pond located at the Collins Gulch Forest Service Road; this pond was constructed immediately following the spill event. This expanded settling pond is also designed to capture and retain any further sediment that may wash down. (click for complete document)
Report from Oct. 18 - On September 30, Coalmont Energy Corp. submitted a formal update on the status of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) as required by the Ministry of Environment (MOE). The update report was more than 120 pages in length and provided MOE with specific details regarding the work completed to date on the EIA as well as addressed ongoing and future data collection and analysis. MOE is still reviewing the submission but Coalmont Energy has been in regular contact and maintains ongoing discussions with MOE regarding certain aspects of the report.
The final EIA is expected to be submitted to MOE by December 6, 2013. The EIA is a comprehensive and detailed report addressing environmental issues such as sediment characterization and deposition mapping, aquatic sampling, fish and fish habitat sampling, terrestrial environment, and human health field programs.
A community information meeting will be held after the EIA has been submitted to MOE. Representatives of Coalmont Energy Corp. and Triton Environmental Consultants will be in attendance to present the findings of final EIA and answer questions from the community and stakeholder groups. It is expected that the meeting will be scheduled during the week of December 9, 2013, with the date and time finalized once the submission date of the final report has been confirmed.
Report from Sept. 25 - Stop Work Order Has Been Lifted - The Chief Inspector of Mines has advised Coalmont Energy Corp. that the Stop Work Order for the Basin Coal Mine has been lifted.
On Tuesday, September 24 representatives of the Ministry of Energy and Mines completed a site visit to review the work completed with respect to the Chief Inspector’s Orders. As a result of the various submitted engineering reports and other required documentation as well as the Ministry staff’s confirmation of work completed, the Stop Work Order has been lifted.
Coalmont Energy Corp. is in the process of recalling employees and focusing efforts on getting the mine back into full production.
Report from Sept. 23 - Coalmont Energy Corp. and Triton Environmental Consultants have been in discussions with Ministry of Environment staff regarding the September 8 Action Plan. After a review and follow up discussions with Triton, the Ministry of Environment approved the Action Plan.
As part of the Action Plan, Polaris Applied Science, one of the leading expert firms in North America on shoreline cleanup techniques, has recommended that the silt in Collin’s Gulch that has been captured behind the temporary silt control dams, silt fences, and in locations along the gulch be removed using vacuum trucks. This work is scheduled to take place on September 23. Polaris’ analysis of the Tulameen River identified the extent of the impacted area to be 580 metres from the confluence of Collin’s Gulch. They further identified that the sediment has already experienced significant effects from water movement and that “natural dispersion processes are active”. It is their further recommendation that the sediment is “best left to the processes of natural attenuation”.
Triton staff continues field analysis at numerous locations along Collin’s Gulch and the Tulameen and Similkameen Rivers collecting various water, fish, soil, and habit samples. It is expected that field work will continue over the next few weeks while laboratory tests are being conducted and results coming back over the next few months. The Environmental Impact Assessment is extremely comprehensive and testing and analysis will continue into the fall of 2014. (click for complete document)
Report from Sept. 9 - 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). (click for complete document)
Report from Sept. 4 - Technical experts from Polaris Applied Science Inc. and Quantum Murray LP were on site early on Tuesday, September 3 to begin work on the Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Techniques (SCAT) assessment. Scientific experts from Triton Environmental Consultants arrived mid-morning to begin work on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) field analysis. (click for complete document)
Report from Sept. 2, 2013 -Throughout Saturday August 31st and Sunday, September 1st extensive work was completed by technical experts . . .(click for complete document)
Report from Aug. 31 - On Friday afternoon, Coalmont Energy Corp. met with residents of Coalmont and Tulameen (click for complete document)
Local Radio Call FrequenciesBlakeburn - Tolko TT - 169.650 MHz
0-9Km - starts at Rice Road, ends at mine entrance
Tulameen - 153.230 MHz
0-26km - starts at Coquihalla, ends at Tulameen River
Lodestone - 157.620MHz
0-30km - starts at Tulameen River, ends at mine entrance
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+ THE GLOBE AND MAIL - B.C. mines to welcome foreign workers. As many as 30 mine workers from China are expected to arrive at Tumbler Ridge within the next few weeks. + VANCOUVER SUN - A Metro Vancouver committee voted narrowly to oppose Thursday coal shipments along the Fraser River, following a lengthy debate over the economics of coal projects versus the environmental and health risks associated with coal dust. + CANADA.COM The B.C. government plans to hire 10 new mine inspectors over a 12-month period - more than a 25-per-cent increase - to keep pace with increased mining activity and help ensure work-site safety. + Pine Beetle Moves to Higher Elevations
HUFFPOST BRITISH COLUMBIA - the pine beetle epidemic has now killed an estimated 710 million cubic metres of commercially valuable pine timber — 53 per cent of all such pine in the province + Canada raises minimum standard definition of broadband from 4 Mbps to 5 Mbps. + Why your hydro rates are going up, and who's responsible. It's a bitter pill to swallow for British Columbians. In a time of economic recession, residents already have to deal with rising prices for homes, food and fuel. And now they have to contend with the rising cost of electricity. + Telus found operating outside the law. + BP explores B.C. coal methane reserves
OPINIONTHEY'VE GONE TOO FAR
The overly hasty decision of the pool committee to proceed with the referendum after the RDOS Board’s decision last Thursday exposes the whole process for the political sham that it has been from start to finish.
Coalmont centennial celebrations, grants, rumours, and Diane Sterne's White Gold and Black Diamonds.
OPINIONCFLs COULD BE EXPENSIVE
Especially for rural users. This year starts out with the banning of 100 and 75 watt incandescent light bulbs. We are promised savings, but what if they’re wrong? There’s no guarantees, and certainly no science.
We call it broadband and we pay an average price, but how does Coalmont internet really compare with the rest of the world?
WEATHER REPORTHourly report from the Red Bluffs station, 7km south-east on Coalmont Road. Princeton Airport observation and forecast from Environment Canada British Columbia Weather reports and highway cameras - DriveBC _________________________ _________________________
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Go to Canada . . . Then Turn LeftLooking for Coalmont? The Ghetty Thesaurus of Geographical Names lists 15 places in the world named Coalmont. Actually, I found a 16th. There is also a borough in the Huntingdon metro area in Pennsylvania. That's a lot of Coalmonts! But don't worry, it's not that bad. Nine of the Coalmonts are mines in the USA and one is a valley which is also below the border. For some strange reason, there are no Coalmonts outside of North America. When counting inhabited areas, it really just comes down to Coalmont Colorado, Coalmont Indiana, Coalmont Tennessee, and Coalmont Alabama. That leaves just one, and that's us. In Canada, there is only one Coalmont ... you can't miss it!
Preserving Our CommunityThe New Coalmont Courier will strive to be a unifying thread for the community. It is not feasable at this time to have a town council or similar organ, therefore I hope that the NCC can fulfill an intermediate role in bringing the community together and fostering a higher level of awareness and communication on topics which effect everyone here. - Ole Juul