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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review




Coal production is a mainstay of the province's economy, generating billions of dollars in annual revenue and supporting thousands of well-paid jobs.  Coal production currently represents over half of the total mineral production revenues in the province.  Coal is B.C.'s largest single export commodity.


Between 70-90 per cent of coal produced in B.C. is metallurgical coal, which is used to make steel.  The province also produces thermal coal, which is burned for heat to generate electricity and for other industrial uses.


Recent Publications:

BC Geological Survey Data Links:

MINFILE - search B.C. mineral occurrences

ARIS - search B.C. mineral assessment reports

Mineral Statistics - minerals, coal and industrial minerals

Mineral Titles - search mineral tenures

MapPlace - interactive Ministry of Energy and Mines spatial databases; view and create maps

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If not, please call or email one of us for assistance:

  • Janet Riddell, Coal Geologist, BC Geological Survey Branch, Victoria   778-698-8064
  • Jessica Norris, Mineral and Coal Assessment Geoscientist, Victoria  778-698-7223
  • Fiona Katay, Regional Geologist, Kootenay-Boundary   250-426-1758
  • Chris Smith, Director, Coal Titles, Victoria   778-698-7150
  • Gordon Clarke, Director, Mineral Development Office, Vancouver   250-660-2094