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Grassy Mountain EIA resubmitted to the government
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Grassy Mountain Coal Seam
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
On August 12, Benga Mining Ltd. submitted an updated environmental impact assessment and remaining applications for its proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project to the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER).

The package sent to the AER included necessary applications under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, the Public Lands Act, the Water Act and the Coal Conservation Act.

The AER can begin reviewing the EIA now. However, the review will not be completed until all the required information – including aquatics and fisheries information – is submitted to the AER.

Spokesperson Monica Hermary, said the AER is currently reviewing Benga’s applications for completeness and to ensure all the necessary documentation is included with the exception of the aquatic/fisheries information in the EIA.

If the applications are deemed complete, a Public Notice of Application will be posted to the AERs website, aer.ca.
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Any Albertan who believes they may be directly and adversely affected by Benga’s proposed project may submit their feedback by filing a statement of concern (SOCs) with the AER. The AER will consider all SOCs it receives in its decision-making process.

In November 2015, Benga Mining, a subsidiary of Riversdale Resources, filed their application for provincial and federal approval of the Grassy Mountain Coal Mine project.

On Jan. 25, the AER informed Riversdale Resources that their impact assessment was incomplete. The review process was paused until the deficiencies identified were addressed.

Pincher Creek Echo reporter Jocelyn Doll published that the AER outlined 24 areas where the impact assessment fell short.

The AER wanted more data on the anticipated changes in biodiversity and impact on regional ecosystems that the mine project could have.
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It also wanted more scientific data and discussion on living organisms, sediment quality and air quality impact.

Impact on water was also a major concern. Riversdale needed to provide additional information about the potential impact the mine could have on Blairmore’s drinking water supply, as well as mitigation and contingency plans revolving around the Potential Acid Generating Rock that was identified in the geological survey of the area. A Riversdale Resources spokesperson said the company would be releasing a statement on the resubmission shortly.
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