Quarry provides jobs and industrial product

The Kalum Quarry owned and operated by Kitsumkalum First Nation is nearing its first year of being in full swing operations.

Wayne Hansen of Wayne Hansen Construction Limited takes rock samples to test for quality at the Kalum Quarry on June 13

The Kalum Quarry owned and operated by Kitsumkalum First Nation is nearing its first year of being in full swing operations.

Terry Bennett, economic development officer for the Kitsumkalum First Nation, said the quarry spent the last year gearing up for full operations.

Bennett is confident of the long term economic benefit this project will continue to have for the Kitsumkalum community, since there is a seemingly endless supply of high quality rock.

The quarry, located just north of the Kitsumkalum community, produces various rock products including ballast for its long term contract with Canadian National, gravel for local sale, sub ballast for construction and highways, and rip rap placed on river banks and used most commonly for flood prevention and mitigation.

The quarry has two rail spurs, installed to meet a long term contract with CN.

They frame either side of their work yard with a single rail line connecting to CN’s main line at Hwy16 adjacent to the Kitsumkalum-owned Tempo gas bar.

This set-up allows workers to load rail cars from either side of the work yard.

The line was officially opened in January.

The long term contract with CN is set for 20 years, and is renegotiable after.

In addition to providing rocks for the inside of the train tracks, heavy equipment for the Long Lake hydro-electric project located near Stewart was unloaded using the quarry’s spur.

White Bear Industries Limited and Wayne Hansen Construction Limited are contracted by Kalum Quarry to conduct the rock crushing and drilling, while the quarry itself employs nine workers.

“It’s a good project,” said Kitsumkalum Chief Councillor Don Roberts.

There’s also room for expansion thanks to  the Kitsumkalum First Nation’s approval of a land claims agreement in principle with the provincial and federal governments earlier this year.

Following approval in a vote held earlier this year, the provincial government signed over a section of land adjacent to the quarry location which contains marketable material.

NOTE: This story has been changed to reflect accurate information concerning the use of the quarry’s spur line to unload heavy equipment for the Long Lake hydro-electric project.


Just Posted

Laundry an essential cycle to protect Terrace firefighters from cancer

Fire hall getting a minor renovation, new washer and dryer this fall

Block party at Northern View Cannery Road Race

Terrace family top the podium in each of their racing categories

Stolen property recovered

Police briefs from Sept. 9-11

Terrace couple wins Lotto Max

Money to be put towards retirement and motorcycle trip

VIDEO: Liberals make child care pledge, Greens unveil platform on Day 6 of campaign

Green party leader Elizabeth May unveils her party’s platform in Toronto

The Northern View announces inaugural Tyee Fishing Derby in Prince Rupert

More than $7,000 up for grabs for biggest legal salmon and halibut

Canucks sign Brock Boeser to three-year, US$17.6-million deal

Young sniper will be in Vancouver Tuesday

B.C. forest industry looks to a high-technology future

Restructuring similar to Europe 15 years ago, executive says

RCMP conclude investigation into 2017 Elephant Hill wildfire

Files have been turned over to BC Prosecution Service

B.C. wants to be part of global resolution in opioid company bankruptcy claim

Government says settlement must include Canadian claims for devastation created by overdose crisis

B.C. ends ‘birth alerts’ in child welfare cases

‘Social service workers will no longer share information about expectant parents without consent’

U.S. student, killed in Bamfield bus crash, remembered as ‘kind, intelligent, talented’

John Geerdes, 18, was one of two UVic students killed in the crash on Friday night

Free Tesla 3 offered with purchase of Surrey townhome

Century Group’s offer for Viridian development runs through Oct. 31

Most Read