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Billionaire Rinehart’s Canada Coal Mine Faces Regulator Hurdle

  • Local review panel ruled development isn’t in public interest
  • Developer to review options for steelmaking coal operation
Gina Rinehart.

Gina Rinehart.

Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

Billionaire Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting Pty. is reviewing options for a coal project in Canada after regulators said the planned mine isn’t in the public interest.

The Grassy Mountain project in southwest Alberta, intended to supply metallurgical coal for steelmaking, could have adverse environmental impacts on water quality, fish habitat and vegetation, according to a local review panel report published Thursday.