The Fording River Mine—an overview

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 73, No. 814, 1980

P.J. URSO, Vice-President, Operations and Development, Fording Coal Limited, Calgary, Alberta

This paper discusses the mining problems encountered at the Fording River coal mine to date, and how they have been solved. All of the production now comes from surface mining, but underground hydraulic mining is planned and briefly described. Other facets of the operation, including markets, equipment and personnel, are covered.
Keywords: Fording River Mine, Coal mining, Open-pit mining, Hydraulic mining, Drilling, Blasting, Reclamation, Equipment, Safety.