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GOVERNMENT OF CANADA TURNS FORMER MINE SITE INTO RECREATIONAL PARK
GLACE BAY (NS) – SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 – The Government of Canada officially opened a new community recreational park on the remediated site of the former Dominion No. 4 Coal Mine in Glace Bay.
“By transforming this former mine site into a park, our government is enhancing community infrastructure and creating a permanent legacy to Cape Breton Island’s rich coal mining heritage,” said Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway. “This investment demonstrates our government’s support for community economic development and projects that build on local strengths, increase economic activity and promote healthy living.”
The remediation of Dominion No. 4 is part of Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation’s (ECBC) Former Mine Site Closure Program involving 50 sites throughout the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. As part of its ongoing responsibility for the assets and obligations of the former Cape Breton Development Corporation, ECBC is completing the environmental remediation of the sites and is working with former mining communities to redevelop a number of sites so that they serve as permanent reminders to future generations of the significant contribution Cape Breton miners made to the Island, Nova Scotia and Canada. A similar park on the remediated site of the former Dominion No. 21 Mine in Birch Grove was opened earlier this month.
The Dominion No. 4 Glace Bay Mine was operated by the Dominion Coal Company. It opened in 1866 and operated until 1961. The output from the mine prior to closure averaged 2,500 tons per day, with a total work force of almost 700. During its life, the colliery produced almost 29 million tons of coal and worked an area of over 6,100 acres. The mine became the responsibility of the Government of Canada in 1967 when the Cape Breton Development Corporation was created and assumed ownership of the assets of the Dominion Coal Company. Remediation of the No. 4 site began in 2008. The new recreational park features walking trails, a regulation eight-lane running track and a soccer field. The site will be turned over to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, who will be responsible for its ongoing maintenance.
Public Works and Government Services Canada has acted as the project manager for the remediation process. This work has involved planning, design, implementation and monitoring activities to remediate and/or risk manage environmental liabilities. It also included managing mine water issues and the development and implementation of a long-term maintenance and monitoring plan to ensure that long-term liabilities are dealt with in a consistent and technically sound manner.
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation offers programs in support of economic development initiatives and is responsible for delivering ACOA’s programs on Cape Breton Island and in the Mulgrave area. On January 1, 2010 ECBC assumed responsibility for the assets and responsibilities of the former CBDC.