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Old 09-20-2017, 12:14 PM
Don Andersen Don Andersen is offline
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Default Proposed coal mine near confluence of Ram Rivers.


Just west of Rough Creek an abandoned Shell Oil well drilling site road has even reopened to allow access for operations of Ram River Coal.

Ram River has a web site.

It would appear like both sides of the Ram's are to be mined.

Here are some things from the site:

Ram coal



The Ram River Property, as defined in the Technical Report, Ram River Coal, Property, Alberta by Norwest in 2014, is composed of the North and South blocks. The North Block bifurcates from the South Block, with the North Block, measuring approximately 15 km in length and 3.5 km in width and with the South Block measuring, approximately 14 km at its longest point and 2.7 km at its widest point.

This coal deposit has been the subject of previous attempts to become commercial. In the early '70's the access trail along the north Ram was built for drilling. According to the crew, everywhere they stuck a drill there was coal.

Will it happen now - who knows.

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Old 09-21-2017, 07:07 AM
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If they take the required steps to protect the watershed and create jobs for 33 years as mentioned it looks good for Alberta.
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Old 09-21-2017, 07:11 AM
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Good news indeed. Have not heard any ramblings on the proposed mine at corkscrew mountain lately. Be another project I'd like to see happen in the future.
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Old 09-21-2017, 08:31 AM
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We do not need any more coal mines. They have caused terrible damage to the Upper McLeod, Embarras and Athabasca River systems. Then the mines go bankrupt, close down, change ownership. What about Obed Mountain, billion liters of sludge going down Apetowun Creek. We end up with permanently altered watersheds, then the jobs are gone. Go to Tumbler Ridge and see what a vibrant community it is now. But thats OK when it starts up again they will fly in the Chinese temporary workers.

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Old 09-21-2017, 09:10 PM
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Awesome good news! Great to hear something positive and most of the local people are going to see lots of benefits. Coal mining pays better than selling bundles of wood to fisherman.
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Old 09-22-2017, 07:30 AM
Don Andersen Don Andersen is offline
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Originally Posted by Sundancefisher View Post
If they take the required steps to protect the watershed and create jobs for 33 years as mentioned it looks good for Alberta.
The required steps There is the linchpin the project hangs on.

Selenium and coal. A good read https://wernerantweiler.ca/blog.php?item=2015-02-07

Deadly to trout and people in high concentrations.

Issues exist with selenium in the mines south of Hinton.

However, nitrogen based fertizlers increase water productivity. Think Micheal Creek in SE BC.

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Old 09-22-2017, 07:51 AM
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Selenium has also been shown to decrease time to exhaustion in trout muscle. That's probably why those Michele creek Cutts roll over and give up so quickly (that and being caught 25x a season)
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Old 09-22-2017, 10:08 AM
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Think that mine at Grassy Mountain will ever go? I don't. They were doing something up there this summer.........don't know what. Coreholes perhaps??
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Old 09-22-2017, 11:23 AM
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Boo! Tri creeks watershed, Luscar creek trapper creek all negatively impacted by coal mining. Luscar used to run black into the Pembina. 75% of Alberta has coal base certainly they can find less ecologically sensitive areas to do this!
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Old 09-22-2017, 11:26 AM
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I hope this dose not happen it will kill the area
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Old 09-22-2017, 01:37 PM
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I use to go into the confluence quite often back in the mid '90's to 2005. It's a rugged area with Elk, Moose, Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, Whitetail, Bear, Cougar etc. It is a beautiful part of the country. Sure hope they don't screw it up. Logging in the area wasn't substantial back then, and the river held lots of cutthroat. Beautiful spot.

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