Glencore (formerly Xstrata Coal) is proposing to construct and operate an underground coal mine and marine export facility in Nova Scotia. With a lifespan of approximately 30 years and output of about 3.6 million tonnes per year, this project represents one of the largest potential economic opportunities in the province.
Since 2010, our role on this project has been to address environmental concerns related to the project through a solid understanding of the project and the life of a mining operation including its potential effects on the environment. To do this, we conducted various field assessments, including fish and fish habitat surveys, wetland surveys, and noise studies on the peninsula. We designed project components to minimize interactions with wetland and watercourse resources. We also assisted Glencore to engage the public through consultation with local fishermen, the Mi’kmaq, and members of the community. In the end, our comprehensive process resulted in an environmental assessment which was approved by the federal and Nova Scotia governments.
Our work goes on; we are continuing the water quality monitoring program for the facility.