Grassy Mountain Coal Project

Public hearings for Benga Mining Ltd.'s proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project in the Crowsnest Pass will begin on October 27. The hearings, which will be held online and are expected to go until Dec. 2, are the next step in the federal impact assessment. The proposed project includes the construction and operation of an open-pit metallurgical coal mine near Blairmore. Construction is expected to take up to two years, and operation will last up to 25 years. 

The list of hearing participants includes AEN member groups, the Alberta Wilderness AssociationCPAWS Southern Alberta, and the Alberta Chapter of The WildlifeSociety. The hearings will be recorded and streamed on YouTube.

Grassy Mountain is the first of at least six mountain-top removal coal mines proposed by large Australian mining companies in various stages of regulatory approval in the region. There are more than 50,000 ha of the Old Man River headwaters under lease for future mountain-top removal mining.

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