Canadian agencies work on review of Robb Trend coal project

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency said Dec. 5 that it is inviting the public to comment on the draft agreement to establish a joint review panel with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) for the environmental assessment of the proposed Robb Trend Coal Mine Expansion project in Alberta.

The agency has developed an Agreement with the AER for the conduct of the environmental assessment. The agreement establishes the mandate and authority of the joint panel and its composition, as well as the procedures and timelines for the review.

The public is invited to submit written comments on the draft agreement in either official language to the agency by Jan. 20, 2015. The agency and the AER invite the public to attend information sessions in the project area starting the week of Jan. 12, 2015. 

Coal Valley Resources Inc. is proposing to expand its Coal Valley Mine in the Coal Branch area of Alberta. The Robb Trend Coal Mine Expansion project, located near the community of Robb, would be approximately 50 kilometers in length and would include portions of the Pembina River, Embarras River and the Erith River.

This is one of the Canadian coal mines that U.S.-based Westmoreland Coal bought earlier this year from Sherritt. Coal Valley is aimed primarily at the export market.

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