Prairie Mines & Roy­alty fined $95,000

The McLeod River Post - - The Patch -

Prairie Mines & Roy­alty ULC will pay $ 109,250, in­clud­ing a $95,000 fine and a $14,250 pro­vin­cial sur­charge, af­ter plead­ing guilty to one charge un­der the Coal Con­ser­va­tion Act.

In a state­ment of facts avail­able on the AER’s Com­pli­ance Dash­board, Prairie Mines & Roy­alty ULC, pre­vi­ously known as Coal Val­ley Re­sources Inc, agreed that it con­ducted min­ing op­er­a­tions at its Ed­son area coal mine that had not been ap­proved by the reg­u­la­tor and that it failed to re­port an in­ci­dent as soon as was prac­ti­ca­ble.

The Al­berta En­ergy Reg­u­la­tor (AER) ini­tially laid charges against Prairie Mines & Roy­alty ULC and West­more­land Coal Com­pany af­ter a March 21, 2015, in­ci­dent led to 3,300 m3 of ma­te­rial slid­ing from the mine’s high wall to the pit bot­tom which par­tially buried a bull­dozer. No in­juries oc­curred as a re­sult of the in­ci­dent.

The AER was not no­ti­fied of the in­ci­dent un­til two days later on March 23, 2015, when the mine’s en­gi­neer­ing man­ager con­tacted the pro­vin­cial re­port­ing line.

The Al­berta En­ergy Reg­u­la­tor en­sures the safe, ef­fi­cient, or­derly, and en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble de­vel­op­ment of hy­dro­car­bon re­sources over their en­tire life cy­cle. This in­cludes al­lo­cat­ing and con­serv­ing wa­ter re­sources, man­ag­ing pub­lic lands, and pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment while pro­vid­ing eco­nomic ben­e­fits for all Al­ber­tans.

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