British Columbia coal feeds the steel mills of Pacific Rim nations such as Korea, Japan and China.
In recent years, global coal shipments have accounted for as much as 20 per cent of the total value of B.C. exports.
The Operating Engineers have played a critical role in the development and continued expansion of coal mines in B.C.’s two principal coal regions, the East Kootenay and the B.C. Peace.
The photos shown below were taken at the Line Creek Mine near Sparwood in 2011.