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Alberta Relaxes Restrictions on Foothills Coal Mining

Coal News - Published on Tue, 26 May 2020

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MRO Magazine reported that the Alberta government is changing its coal policies in a move it says is intended to make it easier to develop open-pit mines in one of the province’s most sensitive areas. The changes, to come into effect June 1, abolish graduated protections that have been in place since 1976 for land in Alberta’s south western foothills. It said “Government is placing a strong focus on creating the necessary conditions for the growth of export coal production.”

The vast area of mountains, streams and meadows is home to threatened species such as grizzly bears and contains the headwaters for much of the fresh water in the southern prairies. It has also been logged and mined for decades. The region produces coal for steel-making, not power generation. Under the old rules, top protection was applied to the most sensitive land where no development was allowed. That classification remains.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 26 May 2020
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