Cline's Kameron Mine

Let Us Sleep

Residents Are Fed Up

Sleepless in Port Morien & Donkin

THE COAL COMPANY did not install the on-site supplied silencers for the mine's ventilation fans.

The following audio was recorded seven (7) kilometres from the coal mine's ventilation fans.

Making People Sick

Cline's Kameron Mine in Donkin has been exposing local families to harmful sleep disturbing noise for over 937 days and are making people sick with the following adverse effects:

  • Sleep disturbance;

  • Headaches and unusual fatigue;

  • Lack of concentration and irritation;

  • Stress and high blood pressure.

Here is a an important link to a PDF fact sheet to assist in understanding the local noise issue.

Mine Noise like 'Torture'

People are leaving their homes for weeks at a time, taking medications they didn’t have to take before, wearing earplugs, sleeping in their basements, leaving radios and televisions on in their bedrooms, and some have contemplated selling their homes - all to get rid of this annoying and stressful noise which some classify as “torture.”

Self-regulatory Fallacy

Nova Scotia's Environment & Climate Change (ECC) relys mainly on the Kameron Coal to police themselves, allowing "the fox to guard the henhouse," so to speak.

Lest we assume that the Donkin Mine can police themselves, note that it was ruled that Kameron Coalʼs concealment of six cave-ins at Donkin mine broke a provincial regulation that required immediate reporting.

Auditor General Says

Nova Scotia Auditor General Michael Pickup says the government is failing its environmental oversight, he would like to see the government specifically Environment & Climate Change (ECC), accountable.

“The department is failing because, in too many cases, terms and conditions on project approvals are not monitored or evaluated to see if they are working,” Pickup said

ECC Regulatory Failure

The community has been at this for a long time, since October 2019, over 937 days!

When residents expressed their concerns to government officials and politicians, they were offered platitudes and form letters that did not address their specific questions.

What is most obvious to residents is just how ECC the very institution charged with protecting peoples right to health are not only failing spectacularly to meet that responsibly but are deeply complicit in those violations under the guise of symbolic environmental assessments, lax enforcement and outright extractive industry impunity.

Demand Change

When governments won’t do what’s right, it’s up to the citizens to demand change.


Tim Houston
Premier of Nova Scotia
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Maclolm McNeil
Environment & Climate Change
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Donkin Mine Safety

Rock and Gas Outbursts

  • September 18, 2018: Rock fall
  • October 1, 2018: Two massive rock falls
  • December 18: Roof collapse
  • December 28, 2018: Stop-work issued, imminent danger to workers

All the six cave-ins during 2018 were not reported - mining license was suspended.

  • July 8, 2019: Rock fall, stop-work order issued.
  • December 28, 2019: Rock fall, stop-work order issued.
  • February 2, 2020: Rock fall, stop-work order was issued.
  • February 13, 2020: Stop-work order issued following a second rockfall in under two weeks.
  • May 6, 2020: Rock fall, mine closed two months earlier.
  • January 2022: Mine has been closed for two years.

A total of 14 rockfalls have occurred.

Safety Questions before Opening

Local Residents Protest

Foreign Worker Program Violation

Company Fires Workers for Speaking Out

Disaster Waiting to Happen

Methane Fire

Roof Falls

Other Cline Group Mines

Cline's Financial Problems

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About Us

The Cow Bay Environmental Coalition is a public benefit organization that seeks to empower people to exercise their right to local community self-government in matters that pertain to their fundamental rights, their natural environment, their quality of life, their health and their safety.