OTTAWA, Oct. 13, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) must decide whether a federal environmental assessment is required for the proposed Michel Creek Coking Coal Project, located southeast of Sparwood, British Columbia.
To assist 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 November 2, 2015 to:
Michel Creek Coking Coal Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
410-701 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V7Y 1C6
Projects subject to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 are assessed using a science-based approach.
- CanAus Coal Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Australia's CoalMont Pty Ltd., proposes to construct, operate, decommission and abandon an open-pit metallurgical coal mine in the Elk Valley, located approximately 15 kilometres southeast of Sparwood, British Columbia. As proposed, the Michel Creek Coking Coal Project would produce 3.5 million tonnes of raw coal per year (2.1 million clean tonnes), over a mine-life of at least 10 years.
- The Agency is seeking public comments on the summary of the project description for the proposed Michel Creek Coking Coal Project.
- As a next step, the Agency will post a decision on its website stating whether an environmental assessment is required. If one is required, the public will have three more opportunities to comment on the project.
- The 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.
- More information on this project is available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry website, reference number 80110.
SOURCE Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
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