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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Information Circular 2015-03


British Columbia Coal Industry Overview


In 2014, British Columbia produced an estimated 28.3 million tonnes of coal. This production accounted for about $3.36 billion, or close to 46% of revenues from all mines in the province. Exploration expenditures reached nearly $105 million (not including mine development costs), down from $119 million in 2013. New coal license applications numbered 89 in 2014 for a total of 75, 972 hectares, less than half the area applied for in 2013. New coal licenses issued numbered 122, covering 103, 941 hectares, a sevenfold increase from 2013. Coal exploration in mine expansion areas remained busy, but grassroots exploration was less active in 2014 relative to the past three years.


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