Canada Beyond Coal

Defend the mountains.

Defend the water.

Defend democracy.

The Rocky Mountains are under threat. Powerful corporations are pushing for eight new coal mining projects in fragile areas.

Seven open-pit coal mining projects continue to threaten the Rockies

Call federal Environment Minister Wilkinson (or Minister Savage if you live in AB) and ask that they make the right decision and say no to coal in the Rockies.

Then, send a letter and your personal story to the Alberta Coal Policy Committee urging them to say no to all future coal development in the province!


The Council of Canadians is working with our local chapters and the Alberta Environmental Network to create Alberta Beyond Coal. This campaign aims to stop all new coal developments in the Rockies.

With your support we can step up the pressure on all levels of government to say no to coal.

Take action now to demand that the Alberta and Federal governments permanently stop all coal exploration and mining projects. 

SAY NO TO BIG COAL

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Coal projects are already causing irreversible damage by carving out roads, stripping timber, and drilling holes. This impacts animals, ecosystems, and everyone who visits and lives in the mountains.

Two of the slated projects in Alberta’s Rockies include mountaintop removal on a larger scale than we have ever seen in that area.

Open-pit mining will contaminate the water for people and wildlife, putting ecosystems and food systems at risk while destroying mountain landscapes for recreation, fishing, and hunting.

Coal companies have had an outsized influence in shaping policy, despite provincial and federal commitments to tackling the climate crisis.

WE NEED LEADERSHIP FROM MINISTER WILKINSON NOW

These mining projects will contaminate headwaters that supply drinking and farming water to millions of people across the Prairies. They will also destroy the habitats of endangered species.

The movement against Big Coal has won a major victory. The Grassy Mountain project, a massive steel-making coal mine in the heart of the Rockies, has been defeated.

The Tent Mountain project is now designated for a federal environmental assessment. However, the work is not done to protect the Rockies from coal mining. Tent Mountain and six other projects could still move ahead.

Forty-six municipalities voiced their opposition or concern

76% of Albertans want stronger protection for the Eastern Slopes

70% of Albertans oppose coal mining in the Rockies

Coal mining will impact the water of millions of Canadians

A world without coal is possible

In a Canada beyond coal, the majestic Rocky Mountains can continue to sit undisturbed, giving life and protection to all the ecosystems that depend on them.

Trout streams, grizzly bears, wolverines, and whitebark pine trees will continue to thrive and animate the landscape. The water flowing down from the mountains can continue to nourish all the peoples, fish, and wildlife that depend on it.

Natural resources will belong not to powerful mining corporations but the peoples who live on the land.

HELP US PROTECT THE ROCKIES

With your support we can step up the pressure on all levels of government to say no to coal.

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TENT MOUNTAIN PROJECT REQUIRES FEDERAL ASSESSMENT!

Another victory against Big Coal! On June 28th, Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson designated the Tent Mountain project for a federal environmental assessment…

HUGE WIN AGAINST BIG COAL: THE GRASSY MOUNTAIN PROJECT HAS BEEN REJECTED!

The movement against Big Coal has won a major victory. The Grassy Mountain project, a massive steel-making coal mine in the heart of the Rockies, has just been defeated. On June 17, 2021, a joint federal-provincial review panel denied the operating company’s application, saying…

ALBERTA COAL RUSH: WHO WILL WIN AND WHO WILL LOSE? (PART 1)

Coal companies promise that mining in the Eastern Slopes will bring an economic boom. It’s time to sort facts from fiction. There’s coal in them thar hills!

WHY STOPPING GRASSY MOUNTAIN IS SO PIVOTAL TO MOVING CANADA BEYOND COAL

If the Grassy Mountain mine is approved to go head, the iconic face and region of Canada’s Rockies could be permanently scarred.

THE TENT MOUNTAIN MINE NEEDS A FEDERAL REVIEW. HERE’S WHY

The Tent Mountain project, a massive coal mine proposed on the eastern slopes of the Rockies, has so far managed to dodge a federal review process, despite the far-reaching and irreparable damage it could leave behind.

THE EFFECTS OF COAL MINING IN ALBERTA WOULD RIPPLE THROUGHOUT THE PRAIRIES

The water flowing down the Eastern Slopes sustains the food production, drinking water supplies, recreation, tourism, and ecosystems of the foothills and prairies in Southern Alberta and on into Saskatchewan and Manitoba. 

8 QUESTIONS ABOUT ALBERTA’S COAL POLICY CONSULTATION

At the press conference announcing the wider public consultation, Energy Minister Sonya Savage promised a parallel “government-to-government” engagement with Indigenous communities affected by coal mining.

ALBERTANS DESERVE MEANINGFUL CONSULTATION ON COAL POLICY

In a townhall last month, Calf Robe said that the Eastern Slopes are one of the few remaining areas in southern Alberta that support the traditional livelihoods and lifestyles of the Blackfoot Confederacy.

MINISTER WILKINSON MUST HELP PROTECT WATER IN THE PRAIRIES FROM COAL MINING IN THE ROCKIES

Dear Minister Wilkinson, There is nothing as critically integral to life as water — water connects us all. And for years, the provinces, territories, and the federal government have recognized the importance of protecting shared waters through transboundary water agreements.

THE COAL HARD FACTS: WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH ALBERTA’S COAL POLICY?

February 8, 2021, the Alberta government made an unprecedented announcement, stating they would reinstate the 1976 Coal Policy. This reinstatement is only a temporary measure as the government brings in consultation on a “new, modern coal policy” that it insists will protect the Eastern Slopes.

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