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Geology Matters 2013 Presenter: Robert Federico, Principal November 14, 2013 Donkin Coal Mine Environmental Assessment Case Study.

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1 Geology Matters 2013 Presenter: Robert Federico, Principal November 14, 2013 Donkin Coal Mine Environmental Assessment Case Study

2 Project Summary An underground coal mine facility is proposed at the existing Donkin Mine on the Donkin Peninsula in Cape Breton. 3.6 million tonnes per year of raw coal Washed to provide about 2.75 million tonnes/year of primarily coking coal for export.

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4 Waste coal and rock disposed onsite in surface containment systems engineered to manage runoff

5 Product coal loaded onto 4000 tonne barges at a new wharf, to be constructed on the Donkin Peninsula

6 Barges will be moved 8.8 km by tug boats to a transshipment facility and loaded onto Cape Size vessels for export

7 Environmental Assessment Requirements Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) Comprehensive study level EA required for “a coal mine with a coal production capacity of 3,000 t/d or more” Under NS Environment Act and EA Regulations, registration required for a “facility that extracts or processes coal” (Class I undertaking) Federal-Provincial EA Harmonization Agreement signed for Project

8 Other Applicable Legislation Fisheries Act Navigable Waters Protection Act Canadian Environmental Protection Act Explosives Act Migratory Birds Convention Act Species at Risk Act Mineral Resources Act and Regulations Endangered Species Act Crown Lands Act and Beaches Act Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act

9 Valued Environmental Components Atmospheric Resources Water Resources Birds and Wildlife Wetlands and Rare Plants Freshwater Fish and Fish Habitat Marine Environment Commercial and Recreational Fisheries Land Use Current Use of Land and Resources by the Mi’kmaq for Traditional Purposes Archaeological and Heritage Resources

10 Key Project Alternatives Mining Method Longwall mining Continuous miner Product Coal Thermal Coal Product Coking Coal Product Transportation Marine Rail Road Wharf Design Conveyor with Trestle (no breakwater) Concrete Caisson Design Timber Crib Design Coal Rejects Management Surface Storage Underground disposal (Backfilling) Ocean disposal Water Treatment Passive water treatment Active water treatment Disposal of Dredged Material Disposal at sea On-land disposal

11 Consultation The public had three opportunities to provide formal comment to the CEA Agency Public Review also conducted under provincial EA process

12 Public Consultation meetings and open houses with stakeholder groups 15

13 Traditional Use Mi’kmaq Ecological Knowledge Study (MEKS) was conducted

14 Key Environmental Issues Wetland habitat alteration (42 Ha) GHG production Effects on seabird and migratory bird habitat Marine environment Commercial fisheries Economic benefits

15 Key Design and Other Mitigation Commitment to controlling GHG emissions through a GHG Management Plan Habitat buffers for seabird colony along the coast of the peninsula Habitat compensation to provide no-net-loss of productive capacity of fish and wetland habitat Dust control

16 July Ministers’ Decisions on Project April 2013 – May Public Comment Period November 2012 – April Comprehensive Study Report (Federal) October 2011 – April Environmental Impact Statement Technical Studies’ FindingsPublic Comment Period & Open Houses January EIS Guidelines Finalised November Draft EIS Guidelines Public Comment Period & Open Houses August Project Description Approved June Submit Draft Project Description Community MeetingsGovernment “One-Window” Meeting

17 Advice to Proponents In pursuit of environmental permitting, time is never your friend – consider the environmental approval process as early as possible in project planning. An EA process can take between 1to2 years to complete depending on project and approval regime. Prepare an Issues Scoping and Regulatory Roadmap document.

18 Advice to Proponents (cont) The Regulatory Roadmap identifies : Key environmental issues at the site Early opportunities to reduce environmental risks in project planning Likely environmental approval requirements and timelines Field studies, data requirements and seasonal collection windows Public consultation and First Nations engagement planning Early, informal engagement with regulatory officials

19 Thank You


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