At a council meeting on Aug. 12, Riversdale Resources operations manager Peter Murray and community liaison Keith Bott announced the Grassy Mountain Project is six to seven months ahead of schedule.
Riversdale has two drilling companies on site creating a combination of core holes for pit stabilization and to explore the limits of the coal seams, which will allow them to confirm what the outline of the pit will be, said Murray.
The company has hired about 20 contractors who will be working in the community over the next six months, he continued.
In addition to the drilling companies, the company has hired scientists to conduct four environmental studies on the soil, water and wildlife of the area.
Contractors are also conducting studies on possible locations for rail load outs, railway lines, conveyor systems and wash plants.
Several weeks ago, the company conducted a noise study in Blairmore. The company has been updating the MD of Ranchland on their progress and has received cooperation from ESRD. They have also been sending core samples away for testing and results show a high quality of coal.
Bott said he’s been contacted by Pincher Creek’s Economic Development Committee.
The company has completed the first preliminary site visits from five of the first nations within Treaty Seven, said Bott. They’ve started the second stage of their site visits, which will focus on traditional land use. The site visits are being conducted predominantly on Crown property.
Spending in the Pass
Murray estimated the company has spent about $1.5 million in the community on food, fuel, accommodation and other necessities.
He estimates their spending in Canada to date at $6 million and said this year’s budget is $9.5 million.
The company could be looking to expand their workforce in the Crowsnest Pass over the next six months. At the moment they’re looking for health and safety personnel and more field staff as contractors and consultants.
“We’re quite happy with the progress,” he said.
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