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Canada Orders Federal Review of Vista Coal Mine Expansion in Alberta

Coal News - Published on Mon, 03 Aug 2020

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Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson told The Globe and Mail that Canada will re examine a major expansion planned for the Vista coal mine in Alberta as expansion project would have significant environmental effects that fall under federal jurisdiction, thus triggering the need for an assessment. Mr Wilkinson had originally decided last December to keep the federal government out of the approvals process for the mine’s expansion. But he said that he is worried that Vista lodged two separate expansion applications for what he says amounts to a single project. He said “That would lead me to be concerned that this is, perhaps, an exercise in project-splitting for the purpose of avoiding a federal assessment.”

The results of that assessment will not play into the Vista mine review, which will only be subject to guidelines from the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, the federal agency that reviews all major resource projects.

The results of that assessment will not play into the Vista mine review, which will only be subject to guidelines from the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, the federal agency that reviews all major resource projects.

The existing Vista coal mine is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, near the town of Hinton. The Vista mine, owned by the US coal giant Cline Group, is operated by Coalspur Mines Ltd. It began shipping coal for export in May, 2019, and is looking to double or possibly even triple its output. It currently produces about six million tonnes a year of thermal coal (, that it exports to mostly Asian markets. The expansion would increase output to between 13 million and 15 million tonnes.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 03 Aug 2020
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