BRITISH COLUMBIA

Tulameen River Coal Spill Underestimated By Coalmont Energy: Review (VIDEO)

09/11/2013 09:56 EDT | Updated 11/11/2013 05:12 EST

COALMONT, B.C. -- Details of an environmental review show a British Columbia coal company significantly underestimated the quantity of coal tailings spilled into a southern B.C. river.

A clean-up plan submitted to the province on behalf of Coalmont Energy Corp. reveals just over 49,000 litres of coal waste gushed into the Tulameen River from a tailings pond northwest of Princeton, two weeks ago.

That's double the company's initial estimate following the Aug. 24 spill at the Basin Coal Mine in the tiny community of Coalmont, about 300 kilometres east of Vancouver.

The spill turned the waterway black, but officials with the Interior Health Authority say it had little or no impact on drinking water sources in the area because residents draw drinking water from wells.

Coalmont's environmental review outlines remediation plans, but other details of the report have not been made public.

Shortly after the spill, the Ministry of Environment ordered the company to complete a shoreline clean up. (CKOR)

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