Coal Exploration Licence - Little Pond

Department of Natural Resources

May 1, 1998 2:00 PM

Natural Resources Minister Kennie MacAskill said an exploration
licence for possible development of a surface coal mine near
Little Pond in the Sydney coalfield will be issued to Brogan
Mining Company Limited of Sydney Mines. It will be a three-year
renewable license.

Proposals for the licence, which were assessed by minerals branch
staff of the Department of Natural Resources, were also received
from Cape Crushing and from Coastal Construction, both of North
Sydney.

"If the exploration leads to development of a new surface mine,
this would effectively address local concerns about security and
safety at the site, which has not been reclaimed since mining was
conducted there in the 1950's," said Mr. MacAskill.

Any proposal for a surface mine will be subject to all the
necessary regulatory and environmental approvals.

A call for proposals for the exploration licence was issued by
Natural Resources late in November.


NOTE: The following is intended for use by broadcast media:


     Brogan Mining of Sydney Mines has been awarded an

exploration licence for possible development of a surface coal

mine near Little Pond, Cape Breton.

     Natural Resources minister Kennie MacAskill says any

proposal for a surface mine would be subject to regulatory and

environmental approvals.

     Development of a mine would address local concerns about

security and safety at the site, which has not been reclaimed

since it was mined in the 1950's.

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Contact: Blain Henshaw
         (902) 424-5252
         E-mail: bwhensha@gov.ns.ca

ngr                 May 1, 1998              2:00 p.m.