DNR'S BONDING PROCESS
3 April 2006
"We have a new premier in Nova Scotia and itís very important to all Nova Scotia that we do land reclamation and surface mining correctly and we think we can make this particular site a flagship, so to speak." - Natural Resources Minister Brooke Taylor
"The Point Aconi project will be a test case for government. Over the next three years we will be able to see how land can be reclaimed in a positive fashion." - Environment Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson
April 28, 2006
government wants to ensure the best management practices are employed at all
surface mining sites in the future and that is recognizing and acknowledging
that there has been some trouble at existing sites that havenít been
reclaimed to their full potential". "Itís fairly
obvious that on those sites remediation hasnít taken
3 May 2006
"In 2005, clean up of the Prince site was estimated by Devco to cost
$6.6 million. The site has been transferred to the private sector for a planned mining operation. Mining will result in the site being
remediated during the mining/reclamation operation. As a result, no moneys were allocated to the clean-up of the site."
"The sale of the Cape Breton Development Corporation's (Devco) land at the Prince mine site to Pioneer Coal did not trigger a federal environmental assessment because Devco was not subject to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act at the time of the conveyance" (6 June 2006).
11 May 2006
17 May 2006
12 September 2006
"The open surface mine will remove dangerous deep holes from previous mining activity which are currently a threat to wildlife."
Pursuant to Part V of the Environment Act, S.N.S. 1994-95, c.1 as amended from time to time, approval is granted to the Proponent subject to the Terms and Conditions attached to and forming part of this Approval, for the following activity: Construction and operation of a Surface Coal Mine and Reclamation Project, and associated works, at or near Point Aconi, Cape Breton County, in the Province of Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour
Schedule L - Page 1 to Approval 2006-051995
a) The proponent shall post a security in a form acceptable to Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and in the amount as required by NSDNR .
b) The proponent shall ensure that the Department's "Guide to Surface Coal Mine Reclamation Plans" and as amended from time to time is adhered to as part of the site reclamation activities.
c) The Proponent shall ensure the progressive rehabilitation plan as described in
Tab 16 - Surface Coal Mine and Reclamation Project- Prince Mine Site Point Aconi, Nova Scotia Volume 1 - section 7.3 and section 7.3.2
Tab 17 - Industrial Approval Application Supporting Document -section 11.3, 12.0 and 12.1; and Figures 11 -1, and 12-1.
The rehabilitation plan shall be revised and updated every third year from the effective date of the approval and submitted to the Department for review and approval by the Department,
d) The Department reserves the right to impose additional bonding requirements as may be required by the Department.
e) Upon cessation of coal extraction operations, the proponent shall apply for an approval to commence final reclamation of the site.
f) The Proponent shall deal with the reinstatement of Mill Pond Road in consultation with the Department of Transportation and Public Works as part of the final reclamation of the site.
Schedule E Condition (a): The proponent shall provide proof of surface rights and/or access rights to the Department, prior to any activity within the prescribed footprint as described in "Site Plan" - Figure 1-2
30 October 2006
(Copy censored by FOIPOP)
17 November 2006
7 January 2007
30 January 2007
12 March 2007
----- Original Message -----
So to confirm, contrary to what someone in the Environment Dept told one of our group today, the permits have not been issued and the bonds have not been paid yet and it's not about to happen any day now?
So why are they closing Sherie Lee Lane if these issues still have to be resolved before mining can proceed or the wetlands disturbed?
----- Original Message -----
The most current information I have is the bonding is not in place.
There are other outstanding issues that must be resolved ie: wetlands etc.
The closing of Sherri Lee is a DOT & PW issue. It is included in the Industrial Approval and the timing of such
is between PC & DOT&PW. I don't know why it was closed now other than to suggest PC required it to further prepare its site.
27 June 2007
3 July 2007
This is still just "preparing for mining". The pillars of coal around former bootleg mining areas "are not to be removed until all permits & bonding is in place".
"Although you are correct that coal mining is not proposed for at least part of the area that was inhabited by the
Prince Mine infrastructure, the clean up of the area occupied by this infrastructure is very much part of the Pioneer proposal. A reading of the Environmental Assessment document shows that this area, although it will
not be mined, will be cleaned up and reclaimed as part of the operation."
17 August 2007
28 August 2007
9 September 2007
Go! See for yourself
Is your community next?
DNR's moratorium on "reclamation" of the other sites on DNR's map expires April 2009 when strip mining, under the obviously false pretext of "cleaning up", will come on stream across the region and provincewide if something doesn't change!!!