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Surface Coal Mine and Reclamation Project - Prince Mine Site

Description

On June 1, 2005, Pioneer Coal submitted an Environmental Assessment Registration Document for a proposed Surface Coal Mine and Reclamation Project.

The purpose of the proposed undertaking is to undertake a surface coal mine and reclamation project at the Prince Mine Site in the Point Aconi Resource Block, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The project would consist of the extraction of approximately 1.6 million tons of coal over a 7 year period, including complete reclamation of the site.

Minister's Decision

On June 27, 2005 the Minister of Environment and Labour released a decision (PDF: 20k) on this review. The Minister decided that the registration information is insufficient to allow him to make a decision and that additional information is required in accordance with Section 13 (1)(a) of the Environmental Assessment Regulations.

Additional information (PDF: 6.4mb) was registered as an addendum on December 2, 2005. Public comments for the project addendum were accepted until December 16, 2005.

On December 28, 2005 the Minister of Environment and Labour released a final decision (PDF: 63k) on the project. The Minister has decided to approve the undertaking in accordance with Section 13(1)b of the Environmental Assessment Regulations, pursuant to Part IV of the Environment Act.

The undertaking has been approved subject to a number of conditions (PDF: 49k).

The proponent is required to obtain all other necessary approvals, permits or authorizations before commencing work on the undertaking.

Opportunities for Public Input

Public comments regarding this project were accepted from June 01 to June 16, 2005 and from December 02 to December 16, 2005. Comments submitted are available at the Nova Scotia Environment Library.

Project Documents

Nov 17, 2006 - Minister of Environment and Labour makes decision on Pioneer Coal appeals. The following are letters to appellants outlining the Minister's decision: