The Mayor of Canal Flats is excited about the possibility of a new mine setting up outside her community.
Ute Juras is reacting to the province granting an environmental assessment certificate to proponents of a gypsum mine 12km northeast of the village.
Juras says she’s pleased the Kootenay West Mine project is getting the green light and with the economic opportunities it may present to Canal Flats.
The proponents intend to replace their current gypsum operation near Invermere with the new mine, which they say will produce up to 400,000 tonnes a year for 43 years.
Juras suggests some employees will move with the company but they’ve been told there will be openings at the new operation.
The Mayor believes the planned four plus decades project could help revitalize the village’s economy, a goal of theirs following the closure of the local sawmill in 2015.
– Canal Flats Mayor Ute Juras