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