Grassy Mountain Coal Project - Federal Funding Allocated for the Environmental Assessment

OTTAWA, Nov. 30, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has allocated $745,983.07 to 13 applicants to assist their participation in the environmental assessment by a review panel of the proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project in southwest Alberta.




Blood Tribe


Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Southern Alberta Chapter


Coalition of Grassy Mountain Group and Alberta Wilderness Association


Ktunaxa Nation Council, on behalf of ?Akisq'nuk First Nation, ?Aq'am (St. Mary's Indian Band), Lower Kootenay Indian Band, Tobacco Plains Indian Band


Métis Nation of Alberta – Region 3


Métis Provincial Council of British Columbia


Piikani Nation


Samson Cree Nation


Shirley Kirby


Shuswap Indian Band


Siksika Nation


Stoney Nakoda Nation, on behalf of Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, Wesley First Nation


Tsuut'ina Nation





This funding is allocated through the Participant Funding Program administered by the Agency. A funding review committee, independent of the review panel process, was established to assess the requests for funding.

The funding will assist recipients to review and comment on the Review Panel Terms of Reference and on the Environmental Impact Statement, and to prepare for and participate in the public hearing.

The funding will also assist recipients in commenting on the potential conditions that would be required, if the project is allowed to proceed. Aboriginal groups will also receive funding to review the Panel Report.

Quick Facts

  • Benga Mining Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Riversdale Resources Limited, is proposing to construct and operate an open-pit metallurgical coal mine near the Crowsnest Pass, approximately seven kilometres north of Blairmore, Alberta. 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.
  • On July 16, 2015, the Minister of the Environment referred the environmental assessment of the proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project to an independent review panel.
  • Information on the proposed project and the environmental assessment process is available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at, reference number 80101.

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SOURCE Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

For further information: Lucille Jamault, Communications Manager, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, 613-957-0434,


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