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File Created: 06-Sep-16 by Jessica Norris(JRN)
Last Edit:  06-Sep-16 by Jessica Norris(JRN)

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Name HARMER RIDGE, WESTAR BALMER, BALMER, SPARWOOD OPERATIONS, ADIT 29, KAISER RESOURCES, B.C. COAL Mining Division Fort Steele
BCGS Map 082G076
Status Producer NTS Map 082G10W
Latitude 49º 44' 40" N UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 114º 48' 34" W Northing 5512520
Easting 657815
Commodities Coal Deposit Types A04 : Bituminous coal
Tectonic Belt Foreland Terrane Ancestral North America
Capsule Geology

The Harmer Ridge occurrence is located approximately 5 kilometres east northeast from Sparwood, British Columbia. The general area can be subdivided into Westar Balmer/Elkview (082GNE017), Baldy Complex (082GNE016), Natal Ridge (082GNE013), Balmer (082GNE015), and the J-Area (082GNE014).

Approximately 14 mineable coal seams, which are medium to high volatile bituminous in rank, occur in the Jurassic-Cretaceous Mist Mountain Formation (Kootenay Group) in the Westar Balmer area. The strata consist of interbedded sandstone, siltstone and shale. The area generally overlies the east limb of the north trending, south plunging Sparwood syncline. The strata are cut by numerous north and north-northwest trending normal and west dipping thrust faults.

Production at the Harmer Pit began in 1969/1970 as part of the Michel Colliery (MINFILE 082GNE012) (Geology, Exploration and Mining in BC 1969; 1970). The Michel Colliery was demolished in 1980 and ongoing production in the area is operated by Elkview Operations (MINFILE 082GNE017).

Bibliography
EMPR COAL ASS RPT 351, 352, 353, 354
EMPR GEM 1969-410; 1970-516; 1971-487; 1972-629-633;
1973-577-581
EMPR MAP 65 (1989)
EMPR MINING 1975-1980, Vol. 1, p. 51; 1981-1985, p. 74;
1986-1987, p. 69; 1988, p. 68
EMPR P 1986-3, p. 25
GSC P 89-4
1978 Kaiser Resources Coal, *Reserves and Mining Outlook
1981 BC COAL LTD, *Reserve and Resource Data

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