Coal Production by Contract Strip Mining

CIM Bulletin, 1949


To THE great majority of people, the term 'strip coal' has little or no meaning, or if it has any significance it is thought to refer to a poor grade of coal that had to be accepted during the war because no other fuel was available. Few people in the Province of Alberta realize the magnitude of our coal stripping industry, and fewer realize that strip coal has been available to domestic consumers for at least forty years. Among the first in the field of strip coal mining in Alberta were the Tofield Coal Company, Ltd., and Sterling Collieries Company Ltd.
Keywords: Coal, coal seam, overburden, Prairie, Strip Mines, Tofield Coal Company, Coal seams, Contractors, Equipment, excavation, Operation, Operators, Overburden, Pits, Stripping