Vancouver based HD Mining says it plans to begin construction of the Murray River Coal project in the South Peace, once it receives the necessary permits and approvals with operations to begin three years after the start of construction.The project is the first underground coal mine approved in this province in over a quarter of a century, with the latest estimated capital cost at $668 million.The Province issued an environment assessment certificate to HD Mining International last week, albeit with 24 conditions, developed following consultation and input from First Nations, government agencies, impacted communities and the general public.- Advertisement -They include the hiring of an independent environmental monitor to determine if the company is complying with the conditions, and developing a plan to share company information and identify measures to avoid impact on Treaty 8 rights.The mine, with a 25 year operating life will annually produce up to 4.8 million tonnes of high quality, steelmaking, clean coal, and it’s now estimated it will create 780 jobs during operations.It will be located about 12 kilometers south of Tumbler Ridge, and is the first proposed long-wall coal mine in British Columbia.Advertisement Energy Minister Bill Bennett claims it is proof government’s policies are working to attract global investment in BC’s mining sector, and South Peace MLA Mike Bernier says, “Those of us living in this area know Tumbler Ridge sits on some of the best metallurgical coal in the world, and this project has the potential to once again make this community one of the busiest mining towns in the province”.Longwall mining has a history dating back to the 17th century in England, but the technology has changed considerably, and in this case, H-D Mining, after winning federal government approval to hire foreign workers, needed a 2013 federal court ruling, to push back an organized labor challenge of the decision.However the company then confirmed it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Northern Lights College to develop a training curriculum to help to transition long wall mining skills and jobs to Canadian workers.
Irish Water have confirmed that works will commence next year on the Buncrana Sewerage Scheme Network Project. Pádraig Mac Lochlainn received confirmation from the Irish water utility today (Mon).The project includes upgrades to the sewer network and provision of stormwater storage at the existing Buncrana Wastewater Treatment Plant and at the Westbrook pumping station. The stormwater storage will reduce the risk of overflows during storm events and make all Storm Water Overflows (SWO)’s compliant.Irish Water have also confirmed that they have commenced a further project to upgrade the Buncrana Wastewater Treatment Plant.This is currently at the feasibility stage and will complement the Buncrana Sewerage Scheme.Senator Mac Lochlainn said: “I have raised the need for stormwater and sewerage upgrades in Buncrana for many years now and I welcome this confirmation from Irish Water. It has been clear over recent years with stormwater and overflow problems at Westbrook and the Buncrana Wastewater Treatment Plant that we need adequate overflow tanks or stormwater storage at these locations.“The recent no swim warnings for Lady’s Bay are the latest evidence of this,” he added.“It is also important that the level of sewerage treatment at Buncrana Wastewater Treatment Plant is upgraded substantially and again, I welcome Irish Water’s commitment to addressing this too but time is of the essence.Irish Water have also confirmed that there will be upgrades to the sewage pipe network around the town in the works, scheduled for next year.“I will continue to monitor developments closely until all of these projects are advanced.” New sewerage network to be developed for Buncrana in 2020 was last modified: September 9th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)