As an early centre for Canada’s industrial development, Cape Breton is now responding to the environmental legacy left behind by large-scale coal mining and steel production: the area contains the Sydney Tar Ponds, abandoned steel mills, and 3,200 kilometres of underground mine tunnels. Underground mines fill with water and overflow; to avoid contamination, that flow must be managed.

With over $500 million committed to remediating and managing the integrity of these sites so far, Cape Breton is developing world-class expertise in environmental management.

The Cape Breton region is also energy rich – not only enormous coal reserves, but other sources – boasting some of the fastest average wind speeds in Canada, tidal power in the Bras D’Or Lakes, and the Nova Scotia end of the planned Lower Churchill submarine transmission link – helping to develop the largest untapped hydro resource in North America.

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