The committee will look into how the Elkview's expansion will impact Sparwood's economy, while a consultant will oversee things from a liveability standpoint.
The District of Sparwood and Teck are finalizing the details of their new Socio-Community and Economic Effects Advisory Committee, while also hiring a consultant to conduct a livability study at Teck's Elkview mine.
The committee includes the following people:
- Don Sander, General Manager of Elkview Operations
- Chris Stroich, Superintendent Environment of Elkview Operations
- Nic Milligan, Teck's Manager of Social Responsibility
- Joe Jarina, Sparwood Councillor
- Jason Christensen, Sparwood Councillor
- Community Volunteers: Allison Burton, Don Drawford, John Ralph, Keenan Adams, Maeve Scannell, Tracey Brook-Baker, Wes Pinsent
“Teck is committed to supporting the sustainable growth of the community and responsible advancement of the Baldy Ridge Project which will enable continued sustainable mining and economic activity from the operation for decades to come,” says Don Sander.
The District and Teck have hired Intelligent Futures from Calgary to conduct a livability study for the project in consultation with the committee, who will seek input from the public.
This work has already begun and public engagement events are anticipated in the first quarter of 2019.
The study is expected to run until mid-2019 and will evaluate Sparwood’s quality of life as it relates to a multitude of factors, including, but not limited to, the Baldy Ridge Extension.
Acting Mayor John Baher says he is happy with the progress to date and excited for the coming months:
“It took some hard work and thoughtful conversations but we now have a way forward in partnership with Teck, to better understand the quality of life in this community and how we will be able to maximize the benefits of this mine extension while minimizing any adverse impacts on the community.”
“We are looking forward to working with fellow Committee members to ensure Teck is the best neighbour it can be to the community of Sparwood," adds Sander.