OTTAWA, Jan. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - As part of the strengthened and modernized
Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) put in place to support the government's Responsible
Resource Development Initiative, the Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency must determine whether a federal environmental assessment is
required for the proposed Carbon Creek Metallurgical Coal Mine Project
in British Columbia (B.C.). 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.
Cardero Coal Ltd is proposing the development of an open-pit
metallurgical coal mine located approximately 60 kilometers northwest
of Chetwynd and 40 kilometers west of Hudson's Hope, in northeastern
B.C. The production rate of the proposed project would be 4.1 million
metric tonnes of metallurgical coal per year and the expected mine
would be 20 years. The proposed project would require open-pit surface
mining followed in the future by combined open-pit surface and
Written comments must be submitted by February 4, 2013 to:
Carbon Creek Metallurgical Coal Mine Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
410 - 701 WestGeorgia Street Vancouver BC V7Y 1C6
To view a summary of the project description or for more information on
the project and on the environmental assessment process, visit the
Agency's website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca registry reference number 80028). All comments received will be considered public.
The Agency will post on its website a decision stating whether a federal
environmental assessment is required.
If it is determined that a federal environmental assessment is required,
the public will have three more opportunities to comment on this
project, consistent with the transparency and public engagement
elements of CEAA 2012.
Projects subject to CEAA 2012 are assessed using a science-based
approach. If the project is permitted to proceed to the next phase, it
will continue to be subject to Canada's strong environmental laws,
rigorous enforcement and follow-up and increased fines.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency administers the federal
environmental assessment process, which identifies the environmental
effects of proposed projects and measures to address those effects, in
support of sustainable development.
SOURCE: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency