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As of June 19, 2014, the operation of Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation has been transferred to both the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Public Works and Government Services Canada.  Content on this site has been archived for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes.
 
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Environmental Stewardship 

Overview

On January 1, 2010, Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation assumed responsibility for the environmental remediation activities of the former Cape Breton Development Corporation (CBDC), a federal Crown corporation that operated the Island's coal mines for over 30 years.

Cape Breton has a long and rich history of coal mining. Home to North America’s first commercial coal mine, the industry grew to dominate the local economy for almost 250 years.  Coal mines operated in communities throughout the Sydney Coalfield, however changing market conditions led to the industry's decline in the latter part of the 20th century.

Throughout the Cape Breton Regional Municipality there are more than 700 properties, comprising 1,000 square kilometers, associated with the Island’s coal mining past. Many of these former mine sites required extensive remediation to deal with waste rock, mine water discharge, erosion, sinkholes, soil contamination and the pollution of ground and surface water.

Since 2001, the former CBDC (now ECBC) has been working with Public Works and Government Services Canada to assess, plan, design and implement remediation activities and to establish long-term maintenance and monitoring plans for these former mine sites.

ECBC’s environmental stewardship activities are focused on the remediation of 13 groups of sites located in the CBRM as well as the management of mine water in the Sydney Coal Field. The 13 groups are: Princess Colliery, Summit, Broughton, Gowrie, Lingan, Phalen, Dominion No. 4, Dominion No. 6, Dominion No. 11, Louisbourg, Gardiner No. 25 Group, Victoria Junction and Franklyn Group.

Remediation is now complete on the majority of the sites. Two groups are currently under active remediation. The completed groups now require long-term care and maintenance, for which ECBC is responsible.


Archived Content

As of June XX, 2014; the operations of Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation has been transferred to both the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Public Works and Government Services of Canada.  Content on this site has been archived for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes.

 

Please refer to the appropriate  Government of Canada Agency/Department for updated information:

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

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