On June 1, 2020, the Alberta government rescinded the 1976 Coal Policy, which had restricted expansion of coal mining in the Rockies for almost 45 years.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.
While the government recently rolled back 11 new coal leases in response to this public pushback, a large portion of the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains and the headwaters of our major water systems are still in danger. Wildlife, delicate ecosystems and downstream communities are already feeling the impacts of these developments – and will continue to face increasingly negative impacts if open-pit coal mining is allowed to move forward.
In recognition of this threat, the Edmonton Chapter of the Council of Canadians invites you to join us for an Alberta-wide town hall meeting to discuss and take action around the threats of coal mining to the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.
Event: Say No to Coal Townhall
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m. Mountain
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Expert speakers will explore implications and responses to the Alberta government’s coal plans, including the impacts of the plan on Indigenous communities, legal considerations, and ultimately, the impact of coal on our water supply. These speakers include:
Latasha Calf Robe (Mount Royal University) will speak on the historical processes and the current and future impacts of coal mining on First Nations and Treaty Rights.
Ian Urquhart (Alberta Wilderness Association) will speak on coal mine water use and reallocation to mines.
Kevin van Tighem will speak on the Importance of AB Eastern Slopes and the impacts of coal strip mining on streams and water security.
Drew Yewchuk will speak on the legal aspects of the UCP plan for coal mining.
Please join us and fellow conservation-minded individuals and organizations who believe in protecting the Rockies — a source of water for over 1.5 million citizens, and the ecologies they support.
See you on February 10.
The Edmonton Chapter of the Council of Canadians