Province Accepts Proposals for Surface Coal Resources

first_imgNATURAL RESOURCES–Province Accepts Proposals for Surface CoalResources The province has accepted proposals from three companies toexplore, develop and reclaim four areas, or claim blocks, in theSydney coalfield. The successful companies are Thomas Brogan and Sons ConstructionCompany, Coastal Construction and Excavating Limited and PioneerCoal Limited. Thomas Brogan and Sons and Coastal Construction are now entitledto apply for exclusive mineral rights to coal lying within theBirch Grove and Boularderie Island claim blocks, respectively.Pioneer Coal is eligible to pursue exclusive mineral rights tocoal within both the Point Aconi and Broughton resource blocks. “These companies have demonstrated that they are technically andfinancially able to conduct their proposed projects and havecorporate experience in the local area,” said Natural ResourcesMinister Richard Hurlburt. “We look forward to working with themas they move to the next steps.” “Cape Breton still has significant coal resources, which canprovide important economic benefits to our communities andcompanies such as the Cape Breton Central Nova Scotia Railway,”said Energy Minister Cecil Clarke. “These proposals support ourcommitment to develop these valuable resources in a responsibleway – a commitment we made to Nova Scotians in our energystrategy, Seizing the Opportunity.” In addition to making applications for the mineral rights, thecompanies must also obtain land access rights and adhere to allregulatory requirements, which include securing industrialapprovals and environmental assessments. Several of these sites require reclamation work to restore landsimpacted by decades of underground mining operations. Six companies responded to a call for proposals issued inDecember 2003.last_img read more