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Say No to Coal Townhall

Feb 10 2021 - 7:00pm

On June 1, 2020, the Alberta government rescinded the 1976 Coal Policy, which had restricted expansion of coal mining in the Rockies for almost 45 years. Since then, the Kenney government has invited coal mining companies to purchase leases on previously protected areas and paved the way for approval of existing leases.

Fortunately, many people in this province, including environmental groups, ranchers, municipalities, Indigenous groups and celebrities are voicing objections. Read More

The Promise and the Ambiguity in Reinstating the 1976 Coal Policy

Few governments and politicians are willing to admit their mistakes. So it was good today to hear Energy Minister Savage say it’s important for a responsible government to “admit when you’ve made a mistake and to fix it. And that’s what we are doing here today.” AWA thanks Minister Savage for taking the podium to admit her government’s mistake in rescinding the 1976 Coal Policy and to declare that “Alberta’s government will reinstate the full 1976 Coal Policy.” Read More

Coal mining development in the Rockies: A discussion as to the regulatory, economic and environmental

Feb 19 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Coal is in the news again in Alberta. And not for producing power.

Metallurgical – or steel making – coal mines are seeing a potential resurgence in Alberta. At the heart of the matter is the Alberta government’s rescindment of a longstanding policy to prohibit or restrict open pit coal mining in the Eastern Foothills of the Rocky Mountains. This change has re-opened a vigorous debate as to the merits of coal mining in the province. Read More

Coal and Health Virtual Town Hall

Feb 16 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

From the AWA website:

Alberta’s Rocky Mountains and Foothills are facing an unprecedented threat; coal mining exploration and development in the Eastern slopes has the capacity to pollute vital headwaters and completely dismantle fragile ecosystems. Read More

Indigenous Knowledge on Mountains Webinar

Feb 16 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

From the Facebook event page:

Join us for this free webinar to talk about Indigenous knowledge on mountains. No registration required, this webinar will be livestreamed from the Keepers of the Water Facebook page.

For this webinar, we'll have four presenters speaking to three different topics: Read More

Coal Mining in the Oldman River Watershed: What is happening and what are the long-term impacts?

Feb 11 2021 - 10:00am

There is significant interest in establishing metallurgical coal mining operations throughout the eastern slopes of Alberta. The areas residing within the Oldman watershed are no exception. Currently, there are four companies exploring potential mining operations in the region. All of the currently proposed coal mines are open-pit “mountain top removal” mines and are located in the Crowsnest Pass area. Coal mining exploration is also happening along the Livingstone Range and in the Bighorn area west of Red Deer.

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Stop Work, Consult: Alberta Needs Public Hearings on the Future of Alberta’s Eastern Slopes

Last week, Premier Kenney’s Director of Strategic Planning was reported to have written that some of the strip-mining restrictions in the 1976 Coal Policy “will be restored.” Alberta Wilderness Association wants to be encouraged by this news. AWA hopes the firestorm of opposition the Kenney government has faced over rescinding that policy has convinced the government to restore restrictions. To that end, the Energy Minister should: Read More

Cancelling Leases, Pausing Lease Sales in Category 2 Lands – A Good First Step

Yesterday, Energy Minister Sonya Savage delivered a small, but important, reward to the thousands of Albertans and Canadians who have objected to the provincial government’s unilateral decision to revoke the 1976 Coal Policy. She announced that 11 leases sold in December would be cancelled. She also announced a “pause” in offering more lease parcels for sale in the Coal Policy’s Category 2 lands. Read More

Grassy Mountain Coal Project

The oral portion of the public hearing for Benga Mining Ltd.'s proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project in the Crowsnest Pass concluded on December 2. The next step in the federal impact assessment process is for the Joint Review Panel to draft the Impact Assessment Report, Consultation Report, and recommend potential conditions for submission to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

Grassy Mountain is the first of at least six mountain-top removal coal mines proposed by large Australian mining companies in various stages of regulatory approval in the region. There are more than 50,000 ha of the Old Man River headwaters under lease for future mountain-top removal mining.

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