Proposed Quintette Mine Re-opening

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Nov 9, 2013 (3 years and 9 months ago)

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Proposed Quintette Mine Re
-
opening

February 2011

Location


The Quintette Property is

located in the Peace River

Coal Field of northeast
British Columbia



Approximately 20km south
of the town of Tumbler
Ridge

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History


Quintette Mine was approved
under
the
Guidelines
for Coal
Development
in 1982


1982 Mine Plan was
comprised of three
components:


Sheriff (Wolverine

and
Mesa pits)


Frame (
Shikano Pit)


Babcock (Windy

and
Window pits)


Mining of Windy Pit was
authorized under
Mines Act
Permit C
-
156 in 1997 and
continued until closure in
2000


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Current Plans


Teck is exploring
the feasibility
of
re
-
opening
the Quintette
Mine:



Windy
Pit



Window
Pit



Teck will maximize the use of
existing
infrastructure:


Rejuvenate processing
plant


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Quintette Plant Site

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Mining


All
coal will
be
mined by
open pit
operations


Utilize existing infrastructure


Anticipated 15
-
17
year mine
life


Average
production rate of
3.0
-
3.5
Mmtcc
/year


Feasibility
study is in progress and anticipated production rates
and waste spoil volumes are being refined


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Mine Plan Comparison

(Production Capacity)


The 2010 Mine Plan will be smaller than that which was
approved in 1982


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Mmtcc: Million metric tonnes clean coal

Mbcm: Million bench cubic metres

2010 Mine Plan

Waste (Mbcm)

650

Clean

Coal (Mmtcc)

45
-
50

Regulatory: British Columbia
Environmental Assessment Act

(BC EAA)

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Requirement for approval under BC EAA not
required
because:


Project
is not
a reviewable modification of an existing
mine:


Windy and Window Pits were approved by Environmental Land
Use
Committee in
1982 under
Guidelines for Coal Development


Windy and Window
pits together
will create ~400 ha of new
disturbance, which is below BC EAA
thresholds of:


More than
750 ha of new disturbance


More than
50% of land
that
was previously permitted for disturbance
(3,500 ha)



Project will utilize existing, permitted infrastructure (processing
plant, tailings pond, sedimentation ponds, roads, power lines, mine
office buildings, etc
.)

Regulatory: Canadian Environmental
Assessment Agency (CEAA)

Requirements for approval under CEAA being investigated:



No
federal funds or federal lands
involved



DFO will be engaged to clarify authorizations regarding fish and
fish habitat

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Regulatory:
Mines Act


Mines Act
Permit C
-
156, authorizing works and reclamation plan,
was amended to include Windy Pit in 1997 and remains in good
standing


Re
-
opening Windy Pit and developing Window Pit requires
an
amendment
of
Mines Act
Permit C
-
156


Teck
is working
with the Ministry of
Natural Resource Operations
to ensure that the Regional Mine Development Review Process is
robust and meets the
needs and expectations
of First
Nations,
government agencies and communities


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Key Issues

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Environmental

First Nations
Interests and
Treaty Rights

Social and
Economic
Concerns of
Public, First
Nations and
Communities

Rights and
Activities of
Other Tenure
Holders

Environmental
:


Development of Management Plans
for the protection of Mountain
Caribou, Goats and Grizzly Bears


Protection of
Water Quality, Aquatic
Resources, Fish and Waterfowl
through mine planning and design
and the implementation of Selenium,
Explosives and Water Management
Plans


Cumulative Effects


Prevention of ML/ARD


Reclamation


Community Engagement

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Environmental

First Nations
Interests and
Treaty Rights

Social and
Economic
Concerns of
Public, First
Nations and
Communities

Rights and
Activities of
Other Tenure
Holders

First
Nations communities:


Building a long
-
term relationship
based on:


Respect for community needs,
treaty

rights and traditional
knowledge


S
haring of information and
resources (capacity building)


Working together to:


Identify potential environmental,
social and economic effects


Develop workable solutions to
avoid or mitigate potential effects


Identify cooperative approaches
to articulate the maximum
amount of project
benefits



Update on First Nation and
Community Engagement

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Ray Proulx hired as
a
Community
Liaison for
Quintette
Project


Summary of engagement activities to date:


Introductory meetings July


Sept.
2010 with District of Tumbler
Ridge, 5 First Nations and one
Metis

community.


Additional
discussions occurred between Sept. and Nov. 2010


A draft Working Protocol Agreement with McLeod Lake Indian
Band is under
development


Teck has entered into a service agreement with the Saulteau
First Nations for the completion of a Culture and Traditions
Study


Permitting review discussions began mid
-
February 2011


Quintette Proposed Timeline

14

2010



Engagement



Geotechnical drilling



Mine planning



Environmental baseline studies


Mid

2011


Feasibility study completed


Initiate preparation of Application to
amend
Mines Act
Permit C
-
156


Engagement

Q4 2011


Permitting completed


Board gives Project approval


Construction begins
in the Plant


Engagement

2013


Mining potentially begins in Windy
Pit


Engagement

Summary

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Project Features:


Reduced footprint
of mine pits and waste spoils
compared
to

1982 Project


Maximize
use of existing infrastructure


Conventional truck and shovel operation


Production of
45
-

50
Mmtcc
over a 15+ year mine life, starting

in
2013


Capital costs estimated to be
<$500 million


Approximately 350
-

400 employees
required

Summary (cont'd)

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Social Requirements:


Community engagement and dialogue


Developing a better mine that will:


be valued by the communities


adhere to
Teck’s

corporate principles and commitments


Regulatory
Requirements:


Amend
Mines Act
Permit C
-
156


Amend/obtain Environmental Management Act Permits (discharges
from tailings pond, sediment ponds and processing plant
)

Next Steps

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Continue engagement with First Nations and
communities



Meet with Department of Fisheries and Oceans



Meet
with Regional Mine Development Review
Committee



Initiate Review of Application to Amend
Mines Act
Permit C
-
156