BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Fording River operations of ELK VALLEY COAL has won the 2007 Mining and Sustainability Award presented by the MINING ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH COLUMBIA and the BC MINISTRY OF ENERGY, MINES AND PETROLEUM RESOURCES. The award recognizes efforts to advance and promote sustainable development in the province’s mining and minerals sector.
The Fording River mine has been operating since 1970 and is recognized as a world leader in reclamation; however, sustainable development for Fording River is not limited to reclamation. It is also committed to high standards of safety and community involvement. Last September, Fording River’s mine rescue team placed first in the Surface Mine Rescue category in the 2007 North West Regional Rescue Competitions. As well, Fording River makes significant contributions to the community through its scholarship, donation, and education outreach programs and its participation in community events. In addition, Fording River, along with Elk Valley Coal’s other operations, is currently working with the Ktunaxa Nation Council to find ways to foster a healthy, long-term relationship with the Council and its members.
“We are very proud to be the recipient of the 2007 Mining and Sustainability Award,” said Richard Tremblay, general manager at Fording River. “This award and the awards we have received for our mine rescue and first aid teams are a reflection of Elk Valley Coal’s ongoing commitment to being a great employer and responsible member of the communities in which we operate.”
Further information about all of Elk Valley’s operations are available at www.ElkValleyCoal.ca.