Environment

 

Water

Our whole project was designed around water, literally. The mine was designed with the protection of the environment, specifically the creeks in mind.

The location of our mine was chosen to increase our distance from the surrounding creeks and our water management plan was designed to minimize our use of water and protect water quality. Our Mine Infrastructure Map shows the location of various types of water management infrastructure built to capture, naturally treat (if necessary) and test water before it is released back into the environment.

 

Progressive Reclamation

Progressive reclamation is expected to return the area to a pre-development condition. Reclamation plans for the proposed Project are developed by Riversdale in consultation with Indigenous groups and project stakeholders and must be approved by the AER.

Riversdale proposes to perform progressive reclamation (expected to start in the fifth year of production) to minimize the total disturbed Project area and ultimately reduce the time needed for reclamation at the end of the mine life. This approach not only speeds up the reclamation but also allows the Project to benefit from experience and adapt as the reclamation proceeds to improve the final result.

As part of the permitting process, Riversdale must post financial security with the Alberta Energy Regulatory (AER) under the Coal Conservation Act and the Mine Financial Security Program to guarantee performance of the reclamation plan.

 

Dust

Riversdale understands that dust is a concern of our local communities and that historically, mining in the area was a dusty business! Thanks to a combination of new technologies and effective dust suppression techniques, we expect there to be very little impact on air quality because of mine operations.

We will manage dust by:

  • Storing product coal at the coal handling and processing plant, 6kms from town
  • Delivering coal to the rail load out by covered conveyor
  • Loading coal into rail cars will be conducted in an enclosed load out structure protected by wind
  • Minimizing drop height for coal into rail cars by using a telescopic (moveable) discharge chute
  • Spraying a dust suppressant (tackifier) on product coal after deposit into rail cars
  • Employing dust suppression techniques on mine site to reduce dust generated by vehicle traffic

For more information, check our Grassy Mountain Coal Project FAQS, or contact us.

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