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The Ministry of Energy and Mines maintains a library of over 990 Coal Assessment Reports submitted by exploration companies and mines dating from 1900.  Reports off-confidential are available for viewing and downloading from the Web.  Some exploration data from the reports, such as trench, borehole and bulk sample information, have been summarized into a set to digital tables called COALFILE. 

 

The Coal Map features Coal Geology layers, data tables from COALFILE and links to Coal Assessment Reports and Coalfield Maps in PDF format. The Coal Geology layers consist of main Coalfields in BC and details of the Hat Creek coal area. An interactive map of the Hat Creek area is also available.


 

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COALFILE database layers on the Coal Map include an index of the Coal Assessment Reports, Bulk samples, Trench data and Borehole data.  All the COALFILE layers have links to reports and table downloads. PDF versions of the Coal Assessment Reports are available through a linked report. To access the tables and reports turn on the appropriate layer, use the select tool to select the objects on the map and the view report tool to create a report or download.

 

Coal Assessment Reports: All Coal Assessment Reports are scanned into PDF format and can be viewed or downloaded from through the Coal Map. Reports are also available through the Online COALFILE Search application.

 

Coalfield maps in PDF format are linked to the Coal PDF Maps layer. To view the maps, turn on the Coal PDF Maps layer in the File Download Layers group and double click each area.  This creates a report including a summary of the Coalfield, links to coal deposit descriptions in MINFILE, links to Coal Assessment Reports, and the Coalfield maps in PDF format.


Data Updates:

November 23, 2016: COALFILE MS Access Table including data on 998 coal assessment reports, 15,384 boreholes, 545 bulk samples, 3640 trench samples, 1010 maps, and links to MINFILE are available for download:  COALFILE2016.ZIP (1.8MB).

 

July 23, 2013: Coal application and tenure data is now viewable and searchable online using the Mineral Titles Online (MTO) application found at www.mtonline.gov.bc.ca as of July 2013.  The coal tenure is updated on a nightly basis.  Search abilities and results provided by the MTO search functions are similar to previous search functions.  Coal maps are no longer provided as individual PDF maps.  The new coal tenure viewer provides a single seamless map for the entire Province.

 


Contacts & Additional Information:

 

  • Janet Riddell Coal Geologist, BC Geological Survey Branch, Victoria 250-952-0434


Links to Coalfields & Tables

Link to Coal in BC Article Coalfields, Maps & Tables MINFILE Occurrences No. Reports
Rocky Mountain Belt Coalfields: East Kootenay    Reports
  Elk River Reports
  Crowsnest Reports
  Sage/Cabin Creek Reports
Peace River   Reports
53



54
234
129
84
17
261
Insular Coalfields: Graham Island
Suquash
Comox
Nanaimo
7
4
10
13
2
19
59
17
Intermontane Belt Coalfields: Klappan & Groundhog
Telkwa
Bowron River
Similkameen
Merritt
Hat Creek
  BC Hydro reports
  More BC Hydro Reports
  Library reports
Tuya River
Coal River
14
15
2
25
8
1



2
1
42
45
25
28
27
34
56
58
82
5
0
Other Areas: General Reports   49