The province has already applied to have two northeast B.C. projects be assessed under the EAO, and now it has applied for the EAO to review the proposed Echo Hill Coal Mine Project. Hillsborough Resources Ltd. wants to build a coal mine 44 kilometres north of Tumbler Ridge, that would produce 1 to 1.5 million tonnes of thermal coal a year, for an expected 10 to 14 years.
Projects still have to meet Canada’s environmental protection laws, and both provincial and federal ministers will come to their own decision about the projects’ environmental effects and whether enough Aboriginal consultation was done.
The CEAA is now collecting comments from the public on whether these two coal projects are appropriate to have a substituted assessment. Written comments must be submitted by April 15, 2013 to:
Echo Hill Coal Mine Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
410 – 701 West Georgia Street
Vancouver BC V7Y 1C6