Crowsnest Pass council has given conditional approval for Riversdale Resources to locate its coal load-out on the eastern edge of the golf club. Approval is dependent on rezoning and subdivision applications with necessary documents. It was a close 4-2 vote. Councillor Dean Ward asked when council could put conditions, such as noise and dust, on the project. That would be in the rezoning stage and the subdivision stage. Ward added that the golf club is on board with the plan.
Riversdale is paying for a new design for the golf course to accommodate the load-out facility. The mining company has also asked the municipality to agree to temporarily transfer the Gold Creek water licence. Councillor Ward said the water licence shouldn't be transferred until all agreements are finalized. The administrator has asked Alberta Environment for the procedures involved and what the ramifications would be. Councillor Bill Kovach said a lot of public input is still needed.