N.S ecol­ogy group prov­ince against sub­si­dies for new coal mine

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS -

HAL­I­FAX (CP) — A Nova Sco­tia en­vi­ron­men­tal group is ask­ing the prov­ince not to spend any pub­lic money on a new coal project in Cape Bre­ton.

The Ecol­ogy Action Cen­tre says the prov­ince has a his­tory of sub­si­diz­ing th­ese kinds of projects in the be­lief it will cre­ate sus­tain­able em­ploy­ment.

Xs­trata Coal Donkin Man­age­ment an­nounced last week it had re­ceived ap­proval to mine coal in Cape Bre­ton.

Ch­eryl Ratch­ford of the Ecol­ogy Action Cen­tre says Donkin coal has high sul­phur and mer­cury con­tent, and con­tains too much pol­lu­tion to be used in lo­cal power plants so it will likely be ex­ported.

She says the prov­ince would only be ship­ping its pol­lu­tion over­seas.

The cen­tre says it is not aware of any cur­rent pro­vin­cial sub­si­dies.

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