The Alberta Energy Regulator will hold a Nov. 25 public hearing on an application from Coalspur Mines (Operations) Ltd. for approval to construct, operate, and reclaim a surface coal mine known as the Vista Coal Project.
The proposed coal mine would produce 5 million tonnes of coal per year and would lie about 10 kilometers east of Hinton, extending away from Hinton to the southeast for about 12 kilometers, up to the McLeod River valley. Coalspur’s applications would amend the existing approvals for a coal mine site and processing plant in the area that have not yet been constructed.
Coalspur has prepared and submitted the following applications:
- One application is to construct, operate, and reclaim a coal mine site and associated infrastructure. The amendment would expand the project area from 5,003 hectares (ha) to 6,092 ha to allow for a larger fines settling pond, an access road, and a conveyor from the coal processing plant to a load-out facility across Highway 16.
- An application to amend Coal Processing Plant Approval No. C 2011-3 to construct and operate a coal processing plant and associated infrastructure. The amendment would revise the location of the plant; add a freshwater pond, a fines settling pond, and new processing facilities; and increase production capacity of the plant to 5 million tonnes of clean coal annually.