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Attachment Katherine Morris

2020-11-5 23:42
  • Reference Number 268
  • Commented During Project Phase: Planning
  • Ktunaxa Nation Council IPD amendment review
  • Please see the attached documents and links to documents as the Ktunaxa Nation Council's review comment submission to the Teck Castle project's BC Initial Project Description amendment 
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  • Ktunaxa Nation Council 7825 Mission Road Cranbrook, BC V1C 7E5 tel: 250-489-2464 fax: 250-489-2438 Fraser Ross Project Manager Pacific and Yukon Region Impact Assessment Agency of Canada sent via IAAC website comment submission Regarding: Teck Fording River Operations expansion, Castle Project’s addendum to the BC Initial Project Description Kiʔsuk kyukyit, The Ktunaxa Nation Council (KNC) has received and reviewed Teck Coal Limited’s (Teck) amendment to their BC Initial Project Description (IPD) for the proposed Castle Project (the Project) in order to satisfy the federal requirements under the Impact Assessment Act. As outlined in KNC’s federal designation request (Appendix A) and KNC’s review of Teck’s BC IPD submission, the KNC has serious concerns with the proposed Project. The Project is in an area where evidence of Ktunaxa title and rights is clear and well documented and due to the location, size and ...
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  • October 14, 2020 What We’ve Heard: Issues Raised to Date on the Castle Project The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) is committed to drawing from existing information and knowledge about the Castle Project to inform the planning phase of the federal impact assessment process. Therefore, the Agency is considering public views and comments about the Castle Project which have been gathered through:  The designation request process under the Impact Assessment Act, which is summarized in the Agency’s Analysis Report; and  The provincial environmental assessment process led by British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Office (EAO), summarized in the provincial Summary of Engagement. The issues raised by the public, Indigenous groups and other participants in these processes have been summarized in the table “Issues Previously Raised” below. In determining if you want to provide any additional comments, the following questions may be a helpful ...
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  • Ktunaxa Nation Council 7825 Mission Road Cranbrook, BC V1C 7E5 tel: 250-489-2464 fax: 250-489-2438 Todd Goodsell A/Executive Project Director Environmental Assessment Office Government of British Columbia sent via email; July 22, 2020 Regarding: Teck Fording River Operations expansion, Castle Project Initial Project Description Kiʔsuk kyukyit, The Ktunaxa Nation Council (KNC) has received and reviewed the Initial Project Description (IPD) prepared by Teck Coal Limited (Teck) for the proposed Castle Project (the Project). This letter highlights the KNC’s high level concerns with the Project in addition to the identification of information gaps in the existing IPD, and areas where the KNC needs additional clarity or commitment from the proponent in order to make a fully informed decision regarding whether to proceed with an environmental assessment (EA) of the Project at the Readiness Decision stage under section ...

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Attachment Administrator on behalf of Wildsight

2020-11-4 0:00
  • Reference Number 283
  • Commented During Project Phase: Planning
  • Commented On Participation Notice: Public Notice - Public Comments Invited on a Summary of the Initial Project Description
  • Castle coal mine project
  • Dear Minister Wilkinson, cc: IAAC Castle Project Please find attached a letter requesting that you assign a review panel to undertake the impact assessment for the Castle coal mine project in B.C.'s Elk Valley. This letter also comprises our comments on the Initial Project Description of the Castle Project. Sincerely, Lars Sander-Green Mining Lead Wildsight <personal information removed>
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  • 2-495 Wallinger Avenue Kimberley BC V1A 1Z6 • 250.427.9325 • info@wildsight.ca November 3, 2020 The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson MP Minister of Environment and Climate Change 200 Sacré-Coeur Boulevard Gatineau QC K1A 0H3 cc: Fraser Ross, Project Manager for the Castle Project, IAAC Dear Minister Wilkinson, Re: IAAC Castle Project Initial Project Description Comment Period Thank you, again, for your decision to designate the Castle Project for an impact assessment. We write to you today to urge you to appoint a review panel for the impact assessment in order to ensure an open process, driven by independent scientific evidence, that will allay concerns from the public, First Nations in Canada and the U.S. and U.S. government entities about the assessment process. Given the significant public concern about the direct and cumulative impacts from the Castle Project, a review panel would provide a transparent and independent process to ...

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Attachment Robin Owens

2020-11-3 23:09
  • Reference Number 267
  • Commented During Project Phase: Planning
  • Commented On Participation Notice: Public Notice - Public Comments Invited on a Summary of the Initial Project Description
  • Is the Castle Coal Project in the public interest of the people of Canada?
  • This comment presents an informal Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Castle Coal Project. As such, it may inform decision-makers as to whether this Project is in the public interest of the people of Canada (ref Section 62 of Bill C-69, the Impact Assessment Act). Benefits The Project aims to produce ~10 million tonnes of metallurgical coal per year for “several decades”, to be used in steelmaking. Steel is an essential component of modern life. The sales value of this coal at today's prices is estimated at ~US$25 billion(1). The Province of British Columbia will earn royalties on this revenue amounting to an estimated ~C$3.0 billion over 25 years(2), or ~0.2% of the Provincial Budget(3) The Project will provide continuing employment for ~800 workers over its lifetime. As such, it will support the local economy by an estimated ...
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  • In 2017, the Government of Canada launched Generation Energy – an open and inclusive nation- wide dialogue with stakeholders, experts and over 380,000 individual Canadians to envision what a low-carbon energy future would look like for Canada over the course of a generation. Building on the results of that dialogue, the Minister of Natural Resources formed the Generation Energy Council to prepare this report1 in order to answer four crucial questions: • What should Canada’s energy future look like over the long term? • What generational goals should we strive to achieve? • What principles should guide us? • What are the potential pathways and milestones along the way? 1. https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/sites/www.nrcan.gc.ca/files/energy/CoucilReport_july4_EN_Web.pdf The four pathways to a Clean Energy Future: Canada’s Energy Future – Achieving Net-Zero Emissions Source: Layzell DB, Young C, Lof J, Leary J and Sit S. 2020. Towards Net-Zero Energy Systems in Canada: A Key ...

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Climate change Need for the Project

Attachment Jill Weitz

2020-11-3 17:40
  • Reference Number 265
  • Commented During Project Phase: Planning
  • Commented On Participation Notice: Public Notice - Public Comments Invited on a Summary of the Initial Project Description
  • IAAC Castle Project Comment Period
  • Dear Hon. Minister Wilkinson, Thank you for the notification regarding the acceptance of the Initial Project Description from Teck Coal Ltd. Attached, please find our multi-state request for a review panel to assess the Castle Project impact assessment. We respectfully encourage this framework to be applied to all large-scale mining projects in / near U.S.-B.C. transboundary watersheds and would welcome any opportunity to discuss this approach with you and your staff in the future. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. We are all in this together.
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  • 1 The Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson November 3, 2020 Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada 200 Sacré-Couer Boulevard Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0H3 Sent via email Re: IAAC Castle Project Initial Project Description Comment Period Dear Hon. Minister Wilkinson, cc: Fraser Ross, Project Manager, Castle Project, Impact Assessment Agency of Canada Thank you very much for the notification regarding the acceptance of the Initial Project Description from Teck Coal Ltd. We write to you today, from United States’ (U.S.) communities downstream of British Columbia (B.C.), to urge you to appoint a review panel for the Castle Project impact assessment. This project requires the highest level of review given that it proposes to be the largest mine in Canada and would be developed within a U.S.-Canada transboundary watershed that is already polluted due to Teck Coal’s existing Elk Valley mines. Ultimately, we respectfully urge you to ...

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Attachment Stu Levit-CSKT

2020-11-3 15:47
  • Reference Number 264
  • Commented During Project Phase: Planning
  • Commented On Participation Notice: Public Notice - Public Comments Invited on a Summary of the Initial Project Description
  • CSKT-KTOI Initial Comments - Assessment of Teck Coal's Castle Mine Project IPD
  • Iinitial joint comments by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (“CSKT”) and the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho (“KTOI”) (collectively “Tribal Councils”) regarding the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (“ECCC”) assessment of Teck Coal Limited’s (“Teck”) Initial Project Description (“IPD”) for the proposed Castle Mine Project (“Project”).
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  • 30 October, 2020 The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, P.C., M.P. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Ottawa, ON K1A 0H3 Sent by Email to: Jonathan.Wilkinson@parl.gc.ca & EC.MINISTRE-MINISTER.EC@CANADA.CA Cc: Fraser.Ross@canada.ca Cc: Impact Assessment Agency of Canada 22nd Floor, Place Bell 160 Elgin Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0H3 Sent by email to: Katherine.Zmuda@canada.ca Comments submitted online at Project Homepage https://iaac-aeic.gc.ca/050/evaluations/proj/80702?culture=en-CA RE: First Comments Regarding Teck Coal Limited’s Initial Project Description for the Castle Project Dear Minister Wilkinson: These comments provide the initial joint comments by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (“CSKT”) and the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho (“KTOI”) (collectively “Tribal Councils”) regarding the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (“ECCC”) assessment of Teck Coal Limited’s (“Teck”) Initial Project Description (“IPD”) for the ...

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