The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency said May 14 that it has commenced a federal environmental assessment of the proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project in Alberta.
The agency invites the public to comment on which aspects of the environment may be affected by this project and what should be examined during the environmental assessment. This is the second of four opportunities for the public to comment on this project. All comments received will be considered public. Written comments must be submitted by June 13. Following this comment period, the agency will finalize and issue the EIS Guidelines to the proponent. Future public comment periods on the proponent’s EIS and the draft Environmental Assessment Report will be announced at later dates.
The proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project is located approximately seven kilometers north of the community of Blairmore in southwest Alberta. 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. As proposed, the production capacity of the project would be a maximum of four million tonnes of clean coal per year, over a mine-life of about 25 years.