Terus Construction’s investigative plan maps out the proposed site for the Volcanic Creek gravel mine in relation to Granby Road. Photo submitted

Terus Construction’s investigative plan maps out the proposed site for the Volcanic Creek gravel mine in relation to Granby Road. Photo submitted

Construction company to apply for North Fork gravel mine

Terus Construction

A construction company with ties to Grand Forks held a public consultation last week about its proposed gravel mine on the North Fork of the Granby River.

Around 20 area residents attended the meeting, held via Zoom Wednesday evening, Jan. 13, according to Derek Holmes, a consultant for Terus Construction, which owns Grand Forks’ Selkirk Paving, Ltd. Terus hosted the meeting in preparation for its application for a license of occupation at Volcanic Creek (File No. 4405975), a forest ministry spokesperson told The Gazette.

The area is rich in high quality sand and gravel that can be used to make asphalt and road base in Grand Forks, said Terus’s aggregate resource manager, Tyson Craiggs.

Craiggs explained that the proposed mine would occupy around five hectares of Crown land within the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary’s Area D, roughly 15 kilometres north of Grand Forks. The mine would provide around 9,500 tonnes of sand and gravel per year for Selkirk Paving’s asphalt plant in the city, Craiggs explained.

Providing Selkirk Paving with locally extracted aggregate would significantly reduce carbon emissions by trucks that deliver Selkirk’s raw materials. This would make Selkirk’s products cheaper to consumers, he said, because the price of aggregate is largely driven by trucking costs.

READ MORE: Province reviewing cat-ski hill lodge proposed for southern Monashees

READ MORE: Everything you need to know about Powder Renegade Lodge

“Selkirk paving is a big part of the community in Grand Forks and the sustainability of that business relies on a good source of aggregate,” he said Friday, Jan. 15.

The prospective gravel mine “is not expected to have any environmental and/or socio-community impacts given its relatively small size and/or location,” according to an investigative plan Terus submitted to the forest ministry last March. The plan says that Terus would operate the Volcanic Creek mine in compliance with the provincial Mines Act, following plans to mitigate noise and dust and to guard against fuel spills during operation between the months of April and November. The plan does not include an environmental assessment, Craiggs said, because the ministry does not require one from operations extracting less than 450,000 tons of aggregated per year — roughly four times the annual tonnage Terus plans to take out of Volcanic Creek.

“We’ve got a solid plan in place,” Craiggs said, adding, “The residents should feel comfort that it’s coming from Selkirk Paving and Terus.”

The forest ministry will accept public feedback on its Crown applications website after Terus files its application, the ministry told The Gazette.



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Grand ForksPebble Mine

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here


A sign on the approach to the proposed Volcanic Creek gravel mine site on Granby Road reads “NO GRAVEL MINE”. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

A sign on the approach to the proposed Volcanic Creek gravel mine site on Granby Road reads “NO GRAVEL MINE”. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

A sign at the intersection of Granby and Volcanic Creek roads reads “NO GRAVEL MINE”. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

A sign at the intersection of Granby and Volcanic Creek roads reads “NO GRAVEL MINE”. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Just Posted

A West Kootenay man died in an avalanche on March 4 while snowmobiling near Mount Payne, which is indicted by the red flag. Illustration: Google Maps
Father of 3 dead after avalanche in West Kootenay

The man was snowmobiling with a group when incident occurred March 4

Const. Allan Young. Photo: Abbotsford Police Department
Manslaughter charge laid in Nelson death of Abbotsford police officer

Allan Young died after an incident in downtown Nelson last summer

Forty-seven vaccination clinics will open across Interior Health beginning March 15. (Canadian Press)
48 COVID-19 vaccine clinics to open across Interior Health

Select groups can book appointments starting Monday

Seniors in the Interior Health region can book their COVID-19 vaccinations starting Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7 a.m. (File photo)
Seniors in Interior Heath region can book COVID-19 shots starting Monday

Starting March 8 the vaccination call centre will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

Jasper after he was reunited with his owners Mary and Brent Hummel. Photo: Steve Smith
New children’s book features lost Castlegar dog who swam the Columbia multiple times

Brent and Mary Hummel and Jasper tell their dramatic story

Third-grader Hudson Adrian (left) on Wednesday, Feb. 24, poses with fourth-graders Josh Hlookoff (centre) and Jaylen Dekteroff at Hutton Elementary’s Pink Shirt Day parade. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
WATCH — Grand Forks’ elementaries support Pink Shirt Day

The annual celebration of kindness puts paid to the idea that bullying was ever cool

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Ahmed Hussen takes part in an update on the COVID pandemic during a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. A joint federal and B.C. government housing program announced today aims to help people living in up to 25,000 vulnerable households pay their rent. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Federal, B.C. governments announce $517-million rent aid program to help vulnerable

Benefits for those not eligible for B.C.’s Rental Assistance Program or Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters

Is it safe to give your dog some peanut butter? Not always, BC SPCA warns

Some commercial peanut butter ingredients can be harmful to dogs

Health Minister Adrian Dix, front, B.C. Premier John Horgan and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry arrive for a news conference about the provincial response to the coronavirus, in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, March 6, 2020. Pandemic emergency measures have been in place for almost a year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. officials plead for patience as 1.7 million COVID-19 calls flood in

Vaccine registration for 90-plus seniors opened Monday

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Vaccine hesitancy decreases in B.C. as mass immunizations set to begin: poll

Two-thirds of British Columbians, and Canadians, would get the vaccine as soon as possible

Software engineer Shaimma Yehia, 40, has been forced to re-skill during the COVID-19 pandemic after more than six years of unsuccessfully applying for jobs in B.C.’s tech industry. (Submitted photo/Shaimma Yehia)
Why skilled immigrant women continue to be shut out of B.C.’s booming tech sector

Experienced software engineer Shaimma Yehia, 40, hasn’t found a job since she migrated to Canada 6 years ago

Ron Sivorot, business director at Kennametal’s Langford site, the Greater Victoria facility that made a component being used on NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars. (Jake Romphf, Black Press Media)
NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover digging in with B.C.-made part

Kennametal’s Langford plant’s tooth blank is helping the rover’s drill collect rock cores

A woman walks through Toronto’s financial district on Monday, July 30, 2018. A new poll suggests most Canadians believe there’s still a long way to go to achieve gender equality in this country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
Canadians, especially women, say gender equality not achieved in Canada: Poll

Poll results themselves underscore the challenge, with more men believing equality had been achieved

This image provided by Harpo Productions shows Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, left, in conversation with Oprah Winfrey. (Joe Pugliese/Harpo Productions via AP)
Race, title and anguish: Meghan and Harry explain royal rift

Meghan said she struggled with concerns within the royal family about her son’s skin colour

Most Read