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Production at Donkin Coal Mine Resumes

Sep 14, 2022 | 11:46 AM

Sicko Atze van Dijk / CC

Production at the Donkin Coal Mine in Cape Breton has resumed after two years in limbo.

The Nova Scotia government has given the green light for operators to resume underground work.

The mine was shut down after 14 roof collapses and ceased production in 2020. Since then, crews remained on site for general maintenance work.

Inspectors with the occupational health and safety team were onsite to inspect the mine as the operations continued yesterday and The Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration will continue to conduct regular inspections to ensure safety. Experts with the department also completed a thorough review of operational safety plans submitted by Kameron Coal Management Limited.

The company will be required to submit monthly reports on ventilation, main fan and emergency power supply, and reports for stone dust sampling. Other inspection reports must also be submitted by the company upon request.

A stop work order remains in place in areas where rocks falls occurred. The mines current industrial approval expires on December 4th of this year.

The facility is the last remaining productive coal mine in Cape Breton.



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