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A major resource of lignite to sub­bituminous B coal exists in a graben, 26 kilometres long and 4 kilometres wide, that occupies the Hat Creek Valley. The Tertiary rocks in the graben contain a coal member that is about 1200 metres thick, of which up to 550 metres is coal. This is one of the thickest accumulations of coal in the world.  Two potential mining areas have been outlined and designated as deposits 1 in the north and 2 in the south. Deposit 1 contains two coal seams. The upper is 120 to 250 metres thick and the lower, which is 450 to 550 metres thick, is divided into 3 parts. The deposit is faulted and seams are folded and moderately to steeply dipping. The area contains a resource of about 10 billion tonnes, of which approximately 500 million tones of proven reserve are within the Number 1 deposit. The area was considered for development in conjunction with the construction of a thermal power plant, but at the moment plans are shelved.

 

This interactive map displays detailed geology of the Hat Creek area and includes exploration wells, photo locations (double click to view photos), geological cross sections (double click to view sections), outcrop locations and gravity data.  The Coal Assessment Reports layer displays the location of 31 reports, including some exploration data from the reports, such as trench, borehole and bulk sample information.  This data is from the COALFILE which is available for download.  The Hat Creek Coalfield Page tabulates the available reports on Hat Creek, including PDF maps.

 

View Hat Creek Map

View Coal Map

 

The following links are from the Oil and Gas Division:

Petroleum Open File 2003-2:

Geology of the Hat Creek Coalfield
Sheet 1 of 3
Projection: Universal Transerse Mercator, Zone 10 (NAD83)
Geology Interpretation: B. Neil Church, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Cartography/GIS: Mike Fournier
Map Size: 36” wide x 50” high
PDF (4.16MB)

Hat Creek Coalfield – Geological Cross Sections
Sheet 3 of 3
Software: CorelDRAW version 10
Geology Interpretation: B. Neil Church, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Computer Graphics: John Armitage, Armitage CAD – Computer Drafting
Compiled by: Mike Fournier
Figure Size: 42” wide x 44” high
PDF (150KB)

Air Photo Mosaic of the Hat Creek Coalfield
Sheet 2 of 3
Projection: Universal Transverse Mercator, Zone 10 (NAD 83)
Air Photo Compilation: Geoff Tomlins, Pacific Geomatics Ltd.
Geology Interpretation: B. Neil Church, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Cartography/GIS: Mike Fournier
Map Size: 36” wide x 50” high
PDF (61MB) RAR 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Note: RAR files are 10MB each. After successful download of all the components, click on part1.rar to unzip. 
Some Extra Downloads:
Hat Creek
Scale: 1: 100,000
Projection: Albers Equal Area Conic (NAD 83)
PDF (1.6MB)
Hat Creek Landsat
Scale: 1: 100,000
Projection: Albers Equal Area Conic (NAD 83)

PDF (6.4MB)

 


Contacts & Additional Information:


 

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