Murray River

From Global Energy Monitor

The Murray River coal mine project is a proposal by HD Mining to produce 6 million tonnes per annum near Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia, Canada.


The satellite photo below shows the approximate proposed mine site near Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia, Canada.

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The project has estimated reserves of more than 3.18 billion tonnes. Initial mine site development will focus on the 37 km2, Plot 1, containing a proven deposit of 688 million tonnes. Surface work was set to being in 2012.[1] In 2015, the project was issued an environmental assessment certificate, which is good for 5 years.[2] The project was temporarily put into care and maintenance status in 2016 due to controversy over plans to hire temporary foreign workers.[3] In 2017, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change issued the Environmental Assessment Certificate, indicating approval for the project.[4] The project received a Mines Act permit on April 5, 2018, and an Environmental Management Act (EMA) permit on July 11, 2018.[5] Construction of the site will take 3 years.[6]

Project Details

  • Owner: HD Mining
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
  • GPS coordinates: 53.5226333,-118.8403882 (approximate)
  • Mine status: Proposed
  • Start year: 2021
  • Mineable reserves: 3.18 billion tons
  • Coal type:
  • Mine size: 160 km2
  • Mine type: Underground
  • Production: 6 million tons per year[5]
  • Additional proposed production:
  • Equipment: Longwall mining
  • Number of employees: 780

Articles and resources


  1. Murray River Project, HD Mining website, accessed October 2019.
  2. Project Status, HD Mining, accessed October 2019.
  3. HD Mining’s contentious Murray River coal project put on hold, The Globe and Mail, MARCH 14, 2016.
  4. Murray River Coal Project, Government of Canada website, accessed October 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Murray River Overview, BC Mine Information, accessed October 2019.
  6. Murray River Project, HD Mining, February 8, 2018.

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