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Environmental Assessment

Project Highlights

Stellarton Surface Coal Mine Extension

Minister's Decision

On February 3, 2004, the Minister of Environment and Labour released a decisionPDF Download Link (PDF:16k) concerning this review. The Minister has decided to approve the undertaking in accordance with Section 13(1)b of the Environmental Assessment Regulations, pursuant to Part IV of the Environment Act.

The undertaking has been approved subject to a number of conditionsPDF Download Link (PDF:19k). The proponent is required to obtain all other necessary approvals, permits or authorizations before commencing work on the undertaking.

Status Update

On August 14, 2014, Department of Environment and Climate Change received informationPDF Download Link (PDF:6.4mb) from Pioneer Coal Limited regarding Pioneer Coal’s request to blast at the Stellarton Surface Coal Mine. Throughout the project, mechanical means have been strictly used to extract the overburden and coal. However, an approximately 10 m (33 ft) thick, dipping band of cap rock has been encountered which requires the application of explosives (blasting) to remove it. The current EA approval prohibits blasting and an amendment to the EA approval by the Minister is required to allow the blasting to proceed. The information is currently under review by the department.

Opportunities for Public Input

Public comments regarding Pioneer Coal’s request to amend the Environmental Assessment Approval to permit blasting at the Stellarton Surface Coal Mine will be accepted from August 22, 2014 to September 22, 2014. The public is invited to submit written comments to: Environmental Assessment Branch Department of Environment and Climate Change P.O. Box 442, Halifax, NS, B3J 2P8 on or before September 22, 2014 or contact the department at (902) 424-2574, (902) 424-0503 (Fax), or e-mail (

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