In 2011, Lee-Anne Walker, a 32-year resident of the Elk Valley, gathered a group of friends, neighbours and other citizens at a coffee shop in Fernie, British Columbia to talk about water quality in the Elk River watershed.
Adapting and evolving with changing priorities or targets, the integrated water management plans (IWMPs) created at each of our operations in 2013 provide an overview of water stewardship at our operations, and help us work towards our company-wide 2015 water goals.
As the operator of five steelmaking coal mines in the Elk Valley of British Columbia which employ more than 4,000 people who live in the region, fish in the rivers and enjoy the outdoors, we take water quality issues seriously.
Two of our projects in Chile face the same key challenge: access to water. Quebrada Blanca (QB) Phase 2, in northern Chile, is designed to extend our existing mine’s production life by more than 30 years and to increase production by more than 100%. Relincho, in central Chile, is a greenfield project. Both of these projects are located in areas with limited availability of water.