OTTAWA, Feb. 8, 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 decide whether a federal environmental assessment is
required for the proposed Echo Hill Coal Mine Project in British
Columbia. To assist it in making its decision, the Agency is seeking
comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on
Hillsborough Resources Ltd. proposes the construction, operation and
decommissioning of a coal mine located 44 kilometers north of Tumbler
Ridge, British Columbia. The proposed project would produce 1 to 1.5
million tonnes of thermal coal per year for a mine life of 10 to 14
Written comments must be submitted by February 28, 2013to:
Echo Hill Coal Mine Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
410-701 Georgia Street West
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 80018). All comments received will be considered public.
The Agency will post a decision on its website 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