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Anglo American in big money donation to support caribou management

World Coal,

As Anglo American looks to expand its coal projects near Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia, the company has donated US$ 2.5 million to the state government’s Peace Northern Caribou Plan. The donation will help protect the Babcock-Quintette herd, which had been identified as being threatened by the planned US$ 200 million expansion of the company’s Trend mine.

Over 2000 acres of core caribou habitat has also been secured by Anglo American for protection of the caribou herd.

Anglo American’s chief financial officer of the company’s metallurgical coal business, Brent Waldron, presented a cheque of US$ 2.566 million to Steve Thompson, the minister of forests, lands, and natural resource operations.

It is the largest funding contribution made by a mining company for caribou mitigation measures under the Peace Northern caribou Plan.

"This contribution comes as part of Anglo American's Trend-Roman project, an open cut expansion for the Peace River operation near Tumbler Ridge in north-east British Columbia and represents the company's commitment to maintaining the highest standards of environmental protection,” Waldron said.

Importance of the caribou

Seamus Finch, CEO of Anglo American's metallurgical coal business, said the donation demonstrated the high importance the company has given to the Peace Northern Caribou Plan.

"We understand and respect the caribou's importance to First Nations and local communities, and we are proud to play a key role in this environmental management project through our unprecedented securement of 2,009 hectares of caribou habitat and a financial contribution of $2.566 million," French said.

Minister Thompson said, "Anglo American's Roman Mine project is an excellent example of how resource development can be done in an environmentally responsible and respectful manner."

“Anglo American has exceeded the amount of tenure land it previously committed to protect caribou habitat, which is a first within the British Columbia mining industry.”

"Significantly, we have set aside a total of 2,009 hectares of our tenure, which represents an area four times the size of the Trend-Roman project area," French said.

Coal production

The Trend-Roman coal project expansion is projected to add production capacity of two to four million t of metallurgical coal, for a 16 year life span. Full production is expected to begin in 2014.

Anglo American CEO, Mark Cutifani, said that the expansion would employ up to 450 people.

Edited from various sources by Sam Dodson

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