Coal Mining Authorizations

 

Coal Mining Authorizations

Coal mining-related applications submitted to the AER under the Coal Conservation Act and Coal Conservation Rules are divided into four application categories:

  • Coal routine
  • Coal operational
  • Coal pilot/experimental
  • Coal nonroutine

Coal routine applications are routine amendments that are not expected to adversely and materially affect resource conservation, the environment, socioeconomic conditions, or rights of stakeholders assessed in the original application or in any approved amendments for

  • Coal processing plant approvals
  • Coal mine site permits
  • Coal mine/dump licences
  • Coal deep drill permits
  • Coal other (waivers, notifications, or other application types)

Coal operational applications are amendments that may affect resource conservation or involve significant modifications but that are not expected to affect rights of stakeholders or alter the environment and socioeconomic conditions assessed in the original application or in any approved amendments for

  • Coal processing plant approvals
  • Coal mine site permits
  • Coal mine/dump licences
  • Coal deep drill permits
  • Coal other (waivers, notifications, or other application types)

Coal pilot/experimental applications are nonroutine new or amendment applications that support the testing and deployment of unproven technology for

  • Coal processing plant approvals
  • Coal mine/dump licences

Coal nonroutine applications are new or amendment applications that may affect resource conservation or result in an adverse and material change to the environment and socioeconomic conditions assessed in the original application or in any approved amendments, and may affect stakeholders for

  • Coal processing plant approvals
  • Coal mine site permits
  • Coal mine/dump licences

Application Submission

The applicant will submit its Coal Conservation Act (CCA) application to the designated coal-mine coordinator or through the general inbox coalmining.applications@aer.ca. After being vetted for private/confidential information, applications are registered using the Integrated Application Registry (IAR) as nonconfidential, and all material related to an application is stored within this system.

Review Process Summary for Coal Mining Authorizations

After an application is received, it is reviewed for administrative completeness. If the application is declared administratively complete, a technical review will be conducted and will include the following tasks:

  • All applications registered on the IAR will be published on the Public Notice of Application (PNoA) page on the AER website to encourage public participation in the approval process.
  • Certain parties that potentially could be affected by the development of the coal project may request a public hearing before a decision is made on a coal-mining-related application;
  • The application is then assigned to a coordinator and reviewed for administrative completeness. The coordinator will either recommend that an information-deficient application be closed, or proceed with a full technical review of the administratively complete application. Subject-matter experts (SMEs) are then assigned to review the application. Target completion dates are set for all reviewers.
  • For applications that are not technically complete, SMEs submit to the coordinator supplemental information requests (SIRs) that are then issued to the applicant. Responses from the applicant are added to the application file on the IAR.