Elk Valley residents have a chance Wednesday to learn more about a proposed coal mine north of Elkford.
Centermount Coal is behind the Bingay Coal project a proposed operation 21 km outside the community.
The company says the maximum capacity would be two million tonnes of steelmaking coal per year and they would use the open pit for 12 years.
An open house goes 4:30 to 8:30 PM Wednesday afternoon at the Elkford Community Conference Centre.
Centermount Coal is collecting feedback part of their Enivornmental Assessment process and say they are considering all community values and goals.
Bingay Coal licences cover 1,157 hectares near the confluence of the Bingay Creek and Elk River.
The total disturbance area of the mine site, excluding the rail line, and access road, is estimated at 450 hectares (HA).
Major components of the project include an open pit, temporary and permanent rock and top soil storage areas, a 27 km rail line, coal processing plant, maintenance shop and ancillary infrastructure, 138 kv to 25 kv substation and 1 km power line.
Mine road access to the mine would be on the west side of the Elk River while rail access will be on the east side.
Centermount Coal goal is for construction to commence in late 2018 and operations to begin in 2021.