Together with our clients at Wildsight, Ecojustice successfully called for a federal impact assessment of Teck’s proposed Elk Valley mine expansion in the summer of 2020.
Found in the Elk Valley in the Rocky Mountains, the combined size of Teck’s existing Fording River Operations and the proposed Castle Mountain project would make it British Columbia’s largest coal mine.
This complex of mines for steelmaking coal is a known source of a long-term selenium pollution that spans borders and decades. Ecojustice is also concerned about the climate impacts of mining, transporting, and using coal to produce steel impacts the climate.
That’s why Ecojustice sent a letter to Minister of Environment and Climate Change on behalf of Wildsight in June 2020, demanding the minister designate Teck’s proposed mine expansion for an environmental assessment.
In August 2020, the minister agreed.