Tumbler Ridge: a new approach to resource community development

Abstract Tumbler Ridge, Canada's newest resource community, has been developed differently than have been other resource communities. Since its conceptualization, emphasis has been placed on the establishment of a traditional municipal government at early a stage as possible.
Planning for the community goes back to 1977. By then, extensive study by provincial agencies had shown a new resource town would be required to exploit northeast coal. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs, in conjunction with a consultant named R.A. Rabnett began the extensive Tumbler Ridge conceptual plan.The results of the conceptual plan are evident in the organizational and planning goals of Tumbler Ridge. In every aspect from the election of officials to some financial matters, the town functions as a normal municipality. With the resource companies of the North East Coal Development within its municipal boundaries. Tumbler Ridge has been able to debenture its capital projects against its municipal tax base.
The town's ability to function as a normal municipality is enhanced by its control over Crown land it has purchased from the province. This gives it further control over the development of the community and helps in establishing agreements with the resource companies and the provincial government to ensure that housing and service needs are met. While resource company representatives sit on certain municipal committees, their roles are advisory in nature. The community continues to move toward full municipal status and will have a fully elected Council by 1986.
Keywords: Coal developments, Northeast B.C., Tumbler Ridge, Resource Communities, Financing, Land development, Housing, Social development, Mine development, Community facilities.
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Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): R.R. POTTER
Issue: 853
Volume: 76
Year: 1983
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Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): ANDRE BERUBE
Issue: 853
Volume: 76
Year: 1983
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Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): CHRISTOPHER ANDREAE
Issue: 853
Volume: 76
Year: 1983
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Summary: The Bullmoose Mine is currently under construction in the North East Coal area of British Columbia, and approximately $300 million will be spent to bring this 2.3 million-tonnes-per-year metallurgical and thermal coal mine into production by December 1, 1983.
The project is an unincorporated joint venture undertaking, with Teck-Bullmoose Coal Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Teck Corporation, holding 51 %, Lornex Mining Corporation holding 39%, and Nissho-Iwai (Canada) Ltd. holding 10%....
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): R. DROZD
Keywords: Coal developments, Northeast B.C., Bullmoose Mine, Teck Corporation, Open-pit mining, Plant construction, Overburden removal, Gates Member, Coal preparation, Metallurgical coal, Thermal coal, Manpower, Financing.
Issue: 853
Volume: 76
Year: 1983
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Summary: A significant addition to Canada's commodity export transportation capabilities is being built by Ridley Terminals Inc. on Ridley Island in the Port of Prince Rupert on British Columbia's north coast. Site preparation began in early 1982. By the end of 1983 the terminal will be receiving coal from two major new mines being developed in B.C.'s massive $2.5 billion northeast coal development.
The RTI terminal will have initial capacity to transfer 12 million tonnes of coal a year from railcars...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): MURRAY E. BLANCHARD
Keywords: Coal developments, Northeast B.C., Ridley Island, Ridley Terminals Inc., Coal transport, Unit trains, Port development.
Issue: 853
Volume: 76
Year: 1983
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Summary: The Quintette Coal Limited property is located in the northeast coal area of British Columbia. A basic agreement with the Japanese steel industry was executed on January 27, 1981 for the sale of 69.5 million tonnes of Quintette metallurgical coal over a 14.5-year period. This contract period can be extended by five years by mutual agreement. Sale agreements have also been signed for the sale of 19.4 million tonnes of oxidized coal over a 15-year period.
Work started on site development in the...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): D.C. RANGE
Keywords: Coal developments, Northeast B.C., Denison Mines Limited, Quintette Coal Limited, Thermal coal, Metallurgical Coal, Gething Formation, Gates Member, Coal preparation.
Issue: 853
Volume: 76
Year: 1983
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Summary: The northeastern region of British Columbia contains large quantities of high-quality metallurgical coal. To market the coal, it was necessary to provide the required infrastructure which included rail access. This paper presents the role of the British Columbia Railway in the northeast coal development.
In 1976, B.C. Railway undertook to study two main routes, one originating at Chetwynd and the other at Anzac, both located on the main line, north of Prince George. The routes studied are...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): V.W. SHTENKO, B.J. ENNIS, P.M. BRIDGE
Keywords: Coal developments, Northeast B.C., Tumbler Ridge branch line, B.C. Railway, Anzac, Terrain analysis, Maintenance, Avalanche monitoring, Environmental control, Electrification, Locomotives, Track structure, Grade design, Tunnel design.
Issue: 853
Volume: 76
Year: 1983
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