The Castle Project is located adjacent and to the south of Teck’s existing Fording River Operations. By making use of existing equipment and infrastructure at Fording River, the Project will minimize the footprint of the new activities.
The Castle Project is currently in the design stage, during which time Teck is defining specific aspects of the Project using the feedback gathered from Indigenous Peoples, local communities and governments.
The Castle Project will require an environmental assessment, a process that provides a comprehensive evaluation of a range of potential effects, including positive effects, that may occur over the life of a proposed project, including environmental, economic, social, cultural, and health effects.
The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (BC EAO) oversees the environmental assessment process in British Columbia. In April 2020, Teck initiated the early engagement phase of the environmental assessment process with the submission of the Project’s Initial Project Description and Early Engagement Plan to the BC EAO. During this phase, there is an opportunity for local communities, Indigenous Peoples, regulators, and others to learn about the Project, engage with Teck and the BC EAO, and help identify potential interests and concerns early on.
On August 19, 2020, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada announced the decision to designate the Castle Project for review under the Impact Assessment Act. Based on this decision, the Castle Project will be subject to federal review that will focus on areas of federal interest in addition to the provincial environmental assessment process currently underway. The Castle Project will work with the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) and the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) to ensure a coordinated review.
Learn more about the provincial regulatory process for the Castle Project
Provincial environmental assessment process