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Cape Breton coal mine runs into trouble

Coal News - Published on Wed, 27 Dec 2017

Image Source: financialpost.com
Financial Post reported that at the rugged eastern edge of Cape Breton, the twin tunnels of the Donkin mine extend three kilometres under the Atlantic Ocean. At the end of those shafts is a massive coal deposit left untouched for more than three decades until this year. The rebirth of underground mining in Cape Breton was initially seen as a godsend for an economically depressed region desperate for well-paying jobs.

But the February revival of the 300-year-old industry ran into turbulence last month with news that 49 workers at the mine about a third of its workforce had been let go with eight weeks pay.

Some industry observers are wondering what went wrong. And at least one environmental critic is complaining the Nova Scotia government was wrong to approve the mine at a time when much of the world is turning its back on coal the dirtiest of all fossil fuels.

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Wed, 27 Dec 2017
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