Nova Scotia mines minister says safety a priority after rockfall at Donkin Mine

Workers repair the road leading to the Donkin coal mine in Donkin, N.S., on Monday Dec. 13, 2004. Nova Scotia's Labour Department is reporting another rockfall at the Donkin coal mine in Cape Breton. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Nova Scotia’s minister of energy and mines says the province is working to ensure the safety of the Donkin Mine in Cape Breton following a recent rockfall.

Derek Mombourquette says the Labour Department is following up with investigators on site to make sure the coal mine is in compliance with regulations.

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The province issued a stop-work order on Monday for one of two sections of the mine after a rockfall last weekend blocked one of the underground intersections. No one was hurt.

Mine owner Kameron Collieries was ordered to clean up the area of the rockfall and to submit an assessment of what happened that includes a proposal for corrective measures.

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A Labour Department official had said the collapse was about four metres thick.

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Mombourquette says while the mine is an economic opportunity for his riding, safety should be the top priority.

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