A public hearing on the proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project will go ahead later this year.

Benga Mining Limited wants to build and operate an open-pit coal mine near the Crowsnest Pass, about seven kilometres north of Blairmore.

Production capacity would be, at maximum, 4.5 million tonnes of clean coal per year over a life-span of about 25 years.

It was first proposed back in May 2015.

On Monday (June 29), the Joint Review Panel issued a notice of hearing which is expected to begin in October.

The Panel says it’s considering all reasonable options to ensure the hearing is accessible to all participants while following COVID-19 related health measures.