DONKIN, N.S. — It seems as if Kameron Coal could also be on the cusp of reopening — if on-line job adverts searching for 10 miners are any indication.
On-line employment web site Certainly.ca has began promoting for a minimum of 10 full-time underground miners for the Donkin mine operation, paying $31 an hour, an underground electrician (pink seal), beginning at $36 an hour, and have already marketed for an engineer-in-training (beginning wage at $70,000).
The shifts for the miner positions can be for 10 hours, both day, night or night time.
Reached by the Cape Breton Put up, a Kameron Coal consultant refused to touch upon the hirings.
Cape Breton Regional Municipality councillor James Edwards, who sits on the mine’s group liaison committee, confirmed that Kameron Coal is near getting the inexperienced mild to reopen. He mentioned officers with the mine spoke at a gathering in June to debate what steps have been required to get the mine operational once more since its March 2020 closure.
‘Gearing as much as resume operations’
“They’re gearing as much as resume operations,” Edwards mentioned. “To be clear, they haven’t obtained approval from the province. They nonetheless have to hunt all of the regulatory approvals, however they’re hopeful that they’ll meet all the necessities to try this.”
The Put up reached out to the provincial Division of Labour, Expertise and Immigration to search out out at what stage the regulatory approvals stand. The division had been awaiting the mine’s operational plans to see whether or not these have been in compliance with occupational well being and security legal guidelines.
“At present, there continues to be a Cease Work Order for a bit of the mine, and the mine is below care and upkeep till it may well safely reopen,” mentioned division spokesperson Marla MacInnis by way of e-mail. “The corporate’s industrial approval (issued by Nova Scotia’s Division of Surroundings and Local weather Change) is legitimate till Dec. 4 of this yr. An software for renewal of the economic approval has not been obtained so far.
“Underground mining is an advanced worksite with in depth regulatory necessities, and the Occupational Well being and Security division of (our division) repeatedly displays the positioning to make sure compliance with LSI rules.”
Begin dates for the miners and the underground electrician have been listed as Aug. 1 — mere weeks away.
However Edwards defined this doesn’t essentially imply a begin date for when miners would start working underground, re-emphasizing the regulatory approvals haven’t been met but.
Only for ‘required coaching’
“I feel that may simply be for the coaching required,” Edwards mentioned. “Say in the event that they rent (somebody) and (that individual) doesn’t have any mining expertise. They might take you in and provide the required coaching.”
The underground miner job posting doesn’t particularly point out expertise is required: “(We’re) seeking to practice hard-working motived individuals to turn out to be an Underground Miner to extract a worthwhile and renewable useful resource,” the advert says.
The Donkin Mine, operated by Kameron Collieries ULC, also referred to as Kameron Coal, first opened in 2017 however was pressured to close down in March 2020 because of, in accordance with Kameron Coal, geological situations that had led to a lot of roof failures within the mine.
A month earlier than the closure, the mine obtained a cease work order positioned on all mining manufacturing following a rockfall – certainly one of 12 to have occurred on the mine throughout its years in operation – this regardless of working below extraordinary stringent guidelines in Nova Scotia on the time, former mine spokesperson Paul McEachern instructed the Put up in 2020.
As a commodity, coal is listed as promoting for lower than US$400 per ton, in accordance with Enterprise Insider.
Nonetheless time earlier than restart
Edwards wasn’t positive when Kameron pinpointed a selected timeline to open as soon as these regulatory approvals get the provincial OK. The mine would seemingly nonetheless want one other a number of months earlier than operations can be totally up and operating, officers reportedly instructed a committee assembly.
Requested whether or not there was nonetheless a requirement for coal, 20 years after Cape Breton’s coal-mining business got here to a halt, Edwards responded, “Kameron wouldn’t have a look at resuming operations and reducing the coal in the event that they didn’t have a sale for it.”
Edwards additionally acknowledges that coal mining isn’t for the faint of coronary heart, saying he is aware of full effectively of the dangers concerned in working in an underground mine.
“The individuals who apply for jobs at Donkin mine perceive these dangers,” he mentioned. “But there are these individuals who would nonetheless take these dangers.”