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Moving coal through your community

​​​​​​Coal.jpgWe work closely with our customers to efficiently, reliably and safely move metallurgical and thermal coal from the southwestern region of British Columbia to Port Metro Vancouver.

When CP moves coal, we follow strict requirements from all levels of government and work closely with environmental and safety regulators to ensure the safe transport of coal from collection facilities to export hubs.

Coal is not considered a dangerous or hazardous material by Transport Canada and is safely handled by thousands of workers every day. The safety of the communities we operate in is incredibly important to us and as transportation and coal handling technology improves, we upgrade accordingly to ensure we move coal in the safest, most efficient way. 

​​​​Protecting your community from coal dusting

Coal is brittle in nature so it may shift and fall apart when it is being moved. Any coal residue escaping from a rail car is called coal dusting. 

Over the years, we have taken a number of steps to address concerns about coal dust such as incorporating different dust minimizing loading techniques and implementing slow train movement orders during the spring, summer and fall months. 

To prevent coal coming out of rail cars during transport, coal trains are also sprayed with an environmentally benign glue-like polymer en route from the mines to export facilities -- first at the mines, and then again at our Tappen, BC re-spray facility. This reduces the chances of the coal shifting.​

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