The province has committed to cleaning up contaminated mine sites on Crown land, beginning with Montague Gold Mines near Dartmouth, N.S., and Goldenville, near Sherbrooke. The cost of remediating those two sites alone is estimated to be at least $60 million, but that figure is expected to rise.
The answer lies not in Nova Scotia but abroad. Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, coal prices have soared. Now the mine’s owner, Kameron Collieries ULC, is looking to cash in on this latest fossil fuel bonanza.
For immediate release: Recent reports that the idled Donkin coal mine in Cape Breton may soon reopen is cause for alarm. The Intergovernmental Panel on
Sierra Club Canada, Beyond Coal Atlantic Coal and Greenhouse Gas Emissions The coal at the Donkin mine is primarily subsea metallurgical coal, used in steelmaking;
Photo: Touquoy Mine tailings impoundment (aka “Tailings Management Facility”), Moose River, NS; courtesy of Raymond Plourde For immediate release: May 10, 2022 The Atlantic Chapter
Re: Proposed Touquoy open-pit gold mine expansion in Moose RiverProposed Beaver Dam, Fifteen Mile Stream, and Cochrane Hill gold mining sites Dear Premier Houston, Minister