Canadian enviro agency reviews Grassy Mountain coal mine project in Alberta

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency went out for public comment on March 30 on its decision whether a federal environmental assessment is required for the proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project in Alberta.

To assist it in making its decision, the agency is seeking comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment. All comments received will be considered public. Written comments must be submitted by April 20.

The agency is seeking public comments on the summary of the project description for the proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project, located approximately seven kilometers north of the community of Blairmore, in south-west Alberta. The agency will post a decision on its website stating whether an environmental assessment is required. If it is determined that an environmental assessment is required, members of the public will have three more opportunities to comment on this project.

Benga Mining Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Riversdale Resources Ltd., is proposing to construct and operate an open-pit metallurgical coal mine near the Crowsnest Pass.

The project will consist of an open pit coal mine, waste rock disposal areas, a Coal Handling and Processing Plant (CHPP), and a product coal overland conveyor that will connect the CHPP area to a train load out facility. The final coal product will be sent to the product coal stockpiles , where it will then be conveyed overland (via a covered conveyor) to the load out facility located near the existing Canadian Pacific Railway track located in the towns of Blairmore and Coleman, Alberta. The coal will then be transported to marine terminal facilities located on British Columbia’s west coast. From the terminals the coal will be transferred on to ships destined for customers in the Asian coking coal market (i.e., steel production), said a project description filed by the company.

Each of two coal processing plant modules will be capable of processing 535 tonnes per hour for a total of 6,800 hours per year giving an annual feed rate of 3.64 million tonnes/year. Each CPP will produce 2 million tonnes of product annually at the expected yield of 55% based on the coal quality data to date.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.