June 7th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 23
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Riversdale updates Council on mine
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
By Keith McClary (Own work)
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Grassy Mountain Coal Seam
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
Cal Clark, Manager of Sustainable Development, and Darren Le Fort, environmental advisor, both with Benga Mining Limited, provided Council with an update on the Grassy Mountain Project at a special meeting on March 29. Benga Mining Limited is a subsidiary of Riversdale Resources.

The next update from Riversdale is scheduled for August 24 at 1:30 p.m. in Council chambers.

Regulatory update

Benga has re-submitted their Water Act Application following a request back in February that the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) temporarily suspend its review of their application in order for Benga to update the water balance numbers.
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Benga to update the water balance numbers.

AER will now resume their examination of the integrated application for completeness and ensure it conforms to all policies and legislation. Once that is completed, they will issue a Notice of Application and proceed with their technical review of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). A public period of comment is expected to take place as part of the Notice of Application.

A decision whether the review will go to a Joint Panel Review/Hearing is still pending the AER’s examination of the application. It is anticipated to take place in the first quarter of 2018 at the earliest.

Benga has also received three additional Supplemental Information Requests

(SIR) this week from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency related to the January update on fisheries, aquatics and bats.

Environmental update

Benga is continuing to implement environmental land site monitoring programs. They have recently installed their weather station, which provides continuous monitoring of climatic factors. The next step with the weather station is to obtain real-time data collection. Two additional hydrological monitoring stations will be installed in June. Currently, there are six operating weather stations.

Clark advised Council that water sampling confirmed there was no risk to aquatic life or human health resulting from the April incident of discolouration of Blairmore Creek. The impact was solely aesthetic.
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Community update

The website, which will feature information on career options, sponsorship and funding opportunities, is still under development.

Aussie Alisdair Gibbons has been hired as new Project GM (VP Operations). He will be moving to Crowsnet Pass along with his family later this summer.

Environmental advisor Darren Le Fort has recently pursued a career in Yukon and is no longer with the company.

Golf Course update

Construction has resumed on the Golf Course with the installation of the irrigation system underway.

AEP has approved the lease of crown land to enable clearing and construction of the final holes to begin. Periodic road closures along Grassy Mountain Road are anticipated during construction due to vehicle traffic. Affected local residents have been notified.
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