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Quote of the Week
“Every terrain is a little bit different. You can’t really get any preconceived notions when you’re doing this.”
- Terry Grant  
- on filming an episode of   
Mantracker in the Pass   
No serious injuries, mine closed to assess damage
 
On the afternoon of Monday, June 28, the Greenhills coal mine near Elkford, B.C., was rocked by a significant explosion in a coal dryer on site.
Four employees were treated for smoke inhalation, but no deaths or serious injuries occurred in the blast, which caused extensive damage to the coal dryer, a five-story facility used to dry coal after it has been cleaned.
The explosion also caused a brush fire in the vicinity, which was quickly responded to and contained.
Teck, which operates and owns an 80 percent stake in the mine, reported that all employees, visitors, and contractors were accounted for after the blast, and that all regulatory agencies and authorities have been notified.
Nic Milligan, Manager of Community and Governmental Affairs, says that it would take several days for Teck to conclude an investigation into the incident.
 
At that point, he says, they will have a better idea of how long production at the mine will be halted.
Milligan says that it is too early to speculate on the incident’s potential impact on work hours for employees, which includes employees in Crowsnest Pass. The Greenhills mine employs 550 people.
Greenhills is the third largest of the five coal mines operated by Teck in the region, and produces more than four million tonnes of metallurgical coal per year.
It has been speculated that the dryer facility could take anywhere from several weeks to several months to repair or rebuild, but a more accurate assessment is expected soon. Teck reportedly has additional production capacity in its other mines to continue to meet its customer commitments, and could in theory ship coal from the Greenhills mine to preparation facilities at its other mines.
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