Teck Proposal to Expand B.C.’s Largest Coal Mine Raises Alarm About Pollution on Both Sides of Border

Teck Proposal to Expand B.C.’s Largest Coal Mine Raises Alarm About Pollution on Both Sides of Border

News Type: State, Regional, Federal Source: The Narwhal
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Fernie, B.C. — A Teck Resources proposal to significantly expand the largest coal mine in British Columbia is raising questions about the province’s willingness to address the legacy of selenium pollutionaffecting fish in the Elk River, which feeds into a transboundary watershed shared with Montana.

Selenium pollution emanating from Teck’s five metallurgical coal mines has increased steadily in recent years despite warnings the contaminant could lead to the collapse of sensitive species like the locally treasured westslope cutthroat trout.

Teck recently reported a dramatic collapse of cutthroat trout directly downstream of the company’s Fording River Operations, a sprawling mining complex referred to by employees as “the mothership” that covers more than 5,000 hectares in the Elk Valley in the province’s southeast corner.