Email editor@federalwaymirror.com

Email editor@federalwaymirror.com

All EA components equally valued

Telkwa coal responds to environmental concerns in previous letter to the editor

Dear Editor,

Re: “Does Telkwa Coal value the Bulkley Valley’s water?” letter to the editor, Interior News, Feb. 18, 2021.

Water is a vital resource and a critical part of the fabric that binds and supports our communities in the Bulkley Valley. At Telkwa Coal, we believe that healthy water quality and quantity are fundamental.

We also believe that every component selected for assessment in our environmental certification application is valuable and important – from water to wildlife and everything in between.

In response to feedback from the Office of the Wet’suwet’en (OW) and the public during the review of the Application Information Requirements (AIR), we looked at the use of the terms Valued Components (VC) and Intermediate Components (IC).

To clarify our commitment to the importance of each, and every component, we have put aside the technical differentiation and are using Valued Components only. Early in January, we communicated these intentions to both the OW as well as to the BC EAO.

While we initially followed the Province of BC guidance on selecting VCs and ICs based on the technical definitions as either a receptor (VC), or pathway to a receptor (IC), we heard separating components into these two categories falsely implied and was incorrectly interpreted as a differing level of importance.

This is not the case.

Every component whether identified as “Valued” or “Intermediate” is valuable and key to developing a robust assessment.

As part of the scientific review, each component will still be considered as either a pathway or receptor and will include consideration for how they connect to each other. For example, Water Quality is clearly linked to Fish and Fish Habitat and Human Health.

Further, whether a receptor or pathway, all components will be fully considered by Telkwa Coal and the regulators who review our application.

We hope this streamlined approach will provide a greater confidence in the effect assessment process and outcomes and look forward to sharing more about our project in the weeks and months ahead.

Angela Waterman

Director for Environment & Government Relations

Telkwa Coal

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The new study commissioned by the City of Terrace will evaluate environmentally sensitive areas around Ferry Island and the airport lands. (Binny Paul/Terrace Standard)
City to update two decades old environmentally sensitive areas report

New study will document areas excluded from previous 1998 report

Jessica McCallum-Miller announced on her Facebook page that she is the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Inclusion, Democracy and Reconciliation on April 17, 2021. (Jessica McCallum-Miller/Facebook)
Jessica McCallum-Miller to receive Lieutenant Governor’s Medal

Former Terrace councillor, Coast Mountain College student ‘honoured’

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson outlines the province’s three-year budget in Victoria, April 20, 2021. (B.C. government video)
B.C. deficit to grow by $19 billion for COVID-19 recovery spending

Pandemic-year deficit $5 billion lower than forecast

Skeena Valley Farmers Market is expected to kick off its 2021 season from May 1, with COVID-19 safety protocols in place ( Skeena Valley Farmers Market/Facebook)
Skeena Valley Farmers Market on track to reopen next month

The first market day of the season will be held on May 1, at George Little Park

Coast Mountains School District 82 announced a shuffle of leadership positions in Terrace and the Hazeltons for the upcoming 2021/22 school year. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Coast Mountains School District 82 announces leadership shuffle

Several principal, vice-principal positions in Terrace affected

A lone traveler enters the Calgary Airport in Calgary, Alta., Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
VIDEO: Trudeau defends Canada’s travel restrictions as effective but open to doing more

Trudeau said quarantine hotels for international air travellers will continue until at least May 21

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson leaves the assembly with Premier John Horgan after the budget speech Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Paid sick leave for ‘hard-hit’ workers left out of provincial budget, BCGEU says

‘For recovery to be equitable it requires supports for workers, not just business,’ says service employee union president Laird Cronk

A large crowd protested against COVID-19 measures at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (Snapchat)
VIDEO: Large, police-patrolled crowds gather at Vancouver beach for COVID protests

Vancouver police said they patrolled the area and monitored all gatherings

In this image from video, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, center, is taken into custody as his attorney, Eric Nelson, left, looks on, after the verdicts were read at Chauvin’s trial for the 2020 death of George Floyd, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Court TV via AP, Pool
George Floyd’s death was ‘wake-up call’ about systemic racism: Trudeau

Derek Chauvin was found guilty Tuesday on all three charges against him

Former University of Victoria rowing coach Barney Williams is photographed in the stands during the Greater Victoria Invitational at CARSA Performance Gym at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, November 29, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Rowing Canada sanctions former head coach of B.C. varsity women’s team

Suspension of Barney Williams would be reversed if he complies with certain terms

A man pauses at a coffin after carrying it during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. announces historic half-billion-dollar funding for overdose crisis, mental health

Of it, $152 million will be used to address the opioid crisis and see the creation of 195 new substance use treatment beds

Children’s backpacks and shoes are seen at a CEFA (Core Education and Fine Arts) Early Learning daycare franchise, in Langley, B.C., on Tuesday May 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. budget to expand $10-a-day child care, but misses the mark on ‘truly universal’ system

$111 million will be used to fund 3,750 new $10-a-day spaces though 75 additional ChildCareBC universal prototype sites over the next three years.

Most Read