The coal mine, proposed by HD Mining International, has faced harsh criticism and legal challenges over its hiring of about 200 foreign workers from China instead of Canadians.
The proposal includes the construction, operation and decommissioning of an underground coal mine, as well as accompanying infrastructure like a 5.8 kilometre rail load-out. It would produce six million tonnes of metallurgical coal per year for an estimated 31 years.
If it’s decided a federal environmental assessment is required, there will be three more opportunities for the public to comment. Written comments must be submitted by May 6, 2013 to:
Murray River Coal Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
410-701 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V7Y 1C6