The Elk Valley and Community

History The Elk Valley and surrounding environment have a long history of supplying coal to power the advancement of the Canadian economy. Mines were established in the region at the turn of the 20th century accessing shallow outcropping coal measures to provide coal to the CN and CP railways, Some operations developed state of the art coke making facilities and subsequently developed into some of the most advanced industrial enterprises in North America.

The availability of cheap oil ultimately spelled the demise of the original small scale mines of the region producing coal for fuel . In the 60s however the resurgence of the international steel industry , particularly in Japan saw the growing demand for coking coal , a particular type of coal , essential to the iron making process due to its chemistry and ability to form strong coke to support load within the blast furnace . The evolution of modern steel making rekindled interest in coking coal and the coals of The Elk Valley were found to amongst the best coking coals on the world. Several large scale mines, owned by Keiser, Fording and more recently Teck were developed in order to mine the extensive resources of the area.

The exploration activities of CPCM focus on Coal Creek, the centre of historical operations and a once thriving community where small scale underground mining operations started in 1889 and ceased in 1958.

Towards the end of the 19th century, Coal Creek grew into a town of 1000 residents by 1905. The town had a thriving community complete with its own athletic hall and 3 churches. By 1919, the Coal Creek collieries annual output was 306,000 tonnes. Output would continue to increase, reaching annual outputs of 414,000 in 1921 and 700,000 in 1923. Although demand for coal began to wane during the Great Depression, Coal Creek continued to produce until demand recovered when Canada entered World War II in 1939. Throughout the war demand for coal remained high, but in the post war years activity at Coal Creek slowly wound down (and with the move towards oil as a source of power ) until the collieries were finally closed on the 30th of January, 1958. In total some 20 Mt of product have been extracted from the collieries.

Today , the Elk Valley is the most significant source of high quality metallurgical coal in North America. It is home to Teck Coal , the world’s second largest exporter of seaborne metallurgical coal, with five mines in the Elk Valley area producing over 23 Mt/a of high quality metallurgical coal.

CPCMs Coal Creek Project comprises some 200 Km² and is located in the Elk Valley to the south of Teck Coal’s Marten Wheeler project and to the west of the Coal Mountain mine.

The Project is ideally located adjacent to the existing Canadian Pacific rail line that transports coal out of the Elk Valley to the west coast ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert

The Elk Valley is a place of outstanding natural beauty where successful businesses work in partnership with local communities and First Nations. The Communities provide a valuable source of services and expertise in the exploration and evaluation of the Coal Creek Project.

CPCMs weather station installed in Coal Creek is gathering baseline environmental information relating to the climatic features of the area . The results are Compiled and aanlsysed by Golder associates, CPCM’s lead environmental consultant.

Community CPCM is deeply respectful of the values and the culture of the communities in which it operates. It has a progressive management approach and philosophy that sees its projects seeking to fit into the local communities in a mutually supportive and respectful long term relationship.

CPCM has adopted an open engaging, flexible and forward looking approach in engaging with parties that are or may be affected by its exploration activities . Company activities have at their core :

• The use of local services and contractors and purchase of goods wherever reasonably possible.
• Employee safety and well being..
• Minimum disturbance of the natural surroundings in which we operate .
• Integration to become a positive and valued contributor to the fabric of the community .

President Barry Lavin presenting a donation to the Miners Walk Fund raising committee. CPCM Is a supporter of the local community and a proud joint funder of the Miners Walk Memorial Fernie.

Crows Nest Pass Coal

CPCM is ideally located in southwest British Columbia, Canada bordering Teck’s Elk Valley coalfield, well serviced by existing rail and port infrastructurte

Crows Nest Pass Coal

High Levels of stewardship through industry, community , Government and First Nations partnership ensures that the Elk Valley remains a great place to live and to work.