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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Information Circular 2014-05


British Columbia coal industry overview 2013 

In 2013, British Columbia produced an estimated 31 million tonnes of coal. This production accounted for about $4.6 billion, or close to 58% of revenues from all mines in the province. Coal exploration remained active although, because of lower prices for metallurgical and thermal coal, some exploration projects were reduced and others postponed. For the first time since 2007, two new coal leases were issued. The number of coal exploration licenses issued was steady, but new coal applications dropped from record levels set in 2012.


Information Circular 2014-05 provides a snapshot of the provincial coal industry. It describes industry trends and coal regions, highlights 2013 mining and exploration, describes transportation infrastructure, outlines the tenure system, and lists sources of information and contacts.


Download Information Circular 2014-5 (PDF, 12.6 MB)


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