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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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Attachment Brad Smith

2020-10-30 14:47
  • Reference Number 238
  • Commented During Project Phase: Planning
  • Commented On Participation Notice: Public Notice - Public Comments Invited on a Summary of the Initial Project Description
  • Initial Project Description of Castle Project
  • Dear Mr. Ross: Please accept my comments on behalf of the Idaho Conservation League concerning the Initial Project Description for the Castle Project. Please let me know if the file did not upload correctly. Sincerely, Brad Smith North Idaho Director Idaho Conservation League
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  • 1 Fraser Ross, Project Manager 210A - 757 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC, V6C 3M2 Tel: 604-666-2431 IAAC.Castle.AEIC@canada.ca October 30, 2020 Subject: Initial Project Description and request to designate a federal review panel for the Castle Project Dear Mr. Ross: I am writing on behalf of the Idaho Conservation League (ICL) to comment on the Initial Project Description for the Castle Project. ICL has been Idaho’s leading voice for conservation since 1973. As Idaho's largest state-based conservation organization, we represent over 30,000 supporters, many of whom have a deep personal interest in protecting human health and the environment. The Idaho Conservation League works to protect these values through public education, outreach, advocacy and policy development. Teck Coal Limited proposes to expand its existing Fording River Mining Operations onto the adjacent Castle Mountain site. Teck anticipates that its existing Fording ...

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