COALFILE Database

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Published by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources - BC Geological Survey
Licensed under Access Only

COALFILE documents a collection of 1027 Coal Assessment Reports, which describe exploration and development activity on coal dating from 1990. Many of the reports have been submitted by exploration companies in compliance with the Coal Act. Coal assessment reports have a confidential status for three years from the date of submission. Specific types of information are kept confidential indefinitely; described in detail in Section 2 of the Regulation. The collection also has an additional 196 reports of the Hat Creek area from BC Hydro and the Ministry Library. The information contained in COALFILE is stored as a relational database (MS Access) and includes spatial data for 16,087 boreholes, 548 bulk samples, 3645 trenches, over 5400 maps, and 1922 links to MINFILE. These data are available for download and viewing in MapPlace. All the off-confidential coal assessment reports are downloadable in .pdf with additional digital data as .zip files where available (borehole geophysics, borehole collar information, LiDAR). A search engine leads clients to a summary page for each coal exploration report which describes the data therein and links to the report and data files. The reports, boreholes, bulk samples, and trenches are spatially displayed on MapPlace.

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

Additional Information

Purpose

The coal assessment reports describe coal exploration activity and are submitted to the Mineral Titles Branch within 90 days after registering technical exploration and development work. They are reviewed for compliance with the Coal Act and its Regulations and indexed in the COALFILE database.

Lineage Statement

COALFILE began in 1978 as a collection of data from coal assessment reports into a database housed on an IBM Mainframe. In 1992, COALFILE was exported from the IBM Mainframe to the PC as 5 dBASE tables. Since 2003, the database is managed in MS Access.

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Contact Information

NameJanet Riddell (businessExpert)
EmailJanet.Riddell@gov.bc.ca
OrganizationMinistry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
Sub-OrganizationBC Geological Survey
NameLarry Jones (custodian)
EmailLarry.Jones@gov.bc.ca
OrganizationMinistry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
Sub-OrganizationBC Geological Survey
NameJessica Norris (pointOfContact)
EmailJessica.Norris@gov.bc.ca
OrganizationMinistry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
Sub-OrganizationBC Geological Survey

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Public

Metadata Information

Record Published 2015-08-14
Record Last Modified 2020-05-05
Resource Status onGoing