Trucks v. trains

Thompson Creek Metals is working on a plan for the transport of their copper and gold concentrate from the Mount Milligan Mine.

The company is asking for input from the District of Fort St. James on changing their plans, which originally were approved to transport the concentrate by truck to a rail load-out facility in Fort St. James.

Thompson Creek Metals is working on a plan for the transport of their copper and gold concentrate from the Mount Milligan Mine.

The company is asking for input from the District of Fort St. James on changing their plans, which originally were approved to transport the concentrate by truck to a rail load-out facility in Fort St. James.

The concentrate would then go to Vancouver and be loaded onto ships at a port facility.

Two alternatives are now being assessed. One would truck the concentrate to Stewart, B.C., or another west coast port.

The other would truck the concentrate to Mackenzie, where it would also be loaded onto rail cars via a load-out facility.

Either option would require an amendment to the Environmental Assessment Certificate which was issued in 2009.

Trucking the concentrate to Stewart, would mean as many as 11-18 truckloads a day would need to go through the town core, which council said would be a concern given there is already a high level of industrial traffic through the main street.

These traffic levels are something council is concerned about in terms of public safety, which they reiterated in their discussions.

So far, council seems to be in agreement they prefer the plan to stay as it was, to build a load-out facility for rail transport from Fort St. James.