Canadian Mining Journal


COAL: Another chance for the Donkin mine?

NOVA SCOTIA – According to a report in the National Post, there may yet be an opportunity to start mining at the Donkin project in Cape Breton. The mine has been an on-again-off-again development since the days of the Cape Breton Development Corp.

Now it seems Kameron Collieries, owned by publicity-shy U.S. billionaire Chris Cline, held a job fair in Grande Cache, AB, last week, looking to hire 120 workers. Of particular interest might be displaced Cape Bretoners looking to flee the falling job market in the oil industry.

Opening a new coal mine in the province will take some exceptional technical and people skills. Cline’s mines in the Appalachians are for the most part non-union, a status that may be a hard sell among a previously unionized workforce. Coal mining will attract environmental opponents who see burning coal as the ultimate means of not meeting Nova Scotia’s greenhouse gas emissions target.

But Kameron is trying hard. In December it held a Christmas dinner for about 275 seniors in the area of the mining project. It is a traditional begun about nine years ago when Glencore Xstrata was owner of the property.

More information about the Donkin coal project is available in the article written by D’Arcy Jenish for the May 2015 issues of Canadian Mining Journal.