NOVA SOCIAL — Natural Resources Canada has promised $1.7 million over five years to fund a new research chair in mine water remediation and management at Cape Breton University (CBU). Dr. Christian Wolkersdorfer, a leading mine water expert from Germany, has been appointed to the position.
“Cape Bretoners understand, like few others, the long-term environmental impacts of coal mining,” said NRCan Minister Lisa Raitt. “That is why they must continue to strive to be leaders in the development of long-term solutions to these challenges.”
Coal mining ceased in Cape Breton during 2000, but 3,200 km of underground workings remain with the potential to fill with acidic water that may spread to the surrounding environment.
Minister Raitt also announced that Canada is partnering with Devco and CBU in a green mines green energy pilot project at the Broughton mine site. The project will examine ways of utilizing organic wastes to rehabilitate mine tailings and grow energy crops.
The Broughton site is one of five green mines green energy sites currently being piloted by NRCan and partners across Canada, with additional sites under development.
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