TUMBLER RIDGE NETWORK OUTAGE

It seems that a beaver has chewed through an optical cable near Tumbler Ridge in British Columbia which has led to an outage. Tumbler Ridge is a coal mining area that was established to provide Japan with coal to operate their thermal power plants and steel foundries.

Beavers are found on the Canadian 5 cent coin. The beaver is a classic symbol of Canada.

The town of Tumbler Ridge has grown to become a small village with a population of about 4000 before falling to about 2000 subsequent to the collapse of the coal mining.

When the municipality was incorporated in April 1981 the area was completely forested. During that year building sites and roadways were cleared and in the winter the water and sewerage system was built. In 1982, houses and other buildings were constructed. Full production at the mines was reached the following year.

Several years later the price of coal collapsed. The Supreme Court of Canada 1990 ruling required the Quintette Operations Company to reduce coal prices and reimburse the Japanese consortium $4.6 million. The company responded by reducing production, cutting employment, and applying for court protection from creditors.

Now after years of uncertainty a beaver has put the village on the radar again. Today tourism has brought an assortment of attractions. Triassic fossils have been found.

While the beaver is amusing, the shark attack on undersea cables is far more problematic as it has much more expensive to fix.