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COAL DEVELOPMENT – Brule mine gets environmental okay

BRITISH COLUMBIA - The B.C. Environmental Assessment Office has issued the certificate for development of the Brule...



BRITISH COLUMBIA – The B.C. Environmental Assessment Office has issued the certificate for development of the Brule mine project belonging to WESTERN CANADIAN COAL of Vancouver. The company anticipates creation of a mine that will produce up to 2.0 million tonnes/year of pulverized coal injection (PCI) coal from the property near Chetwynd. The certificate includes future development of a new coal rail loadout at Falling Creek Flats as well as the associated roads and power lines.

Western Canadian Coal has yet to make a firm development decision. That decision will depend on whether the company is satisfied that PCI coal prices and transportation costs will support the development of the project and the necessary permits are obtained.

The company continues to search for areas of high quality coal that can be accessed by a low stripping ratio and could be mined and processed using the existing Dillon wash plant. This would enable the Brule mine project to provide a continuity of production from the Burnt River properties following the depletion of the Dillon mine reserves in late 2006.

Visit www.WesternCoal.com for more information on WCCC’s properties in both the northeastern and southeastern parts of British Columbia.