NDP proposes legislation to ban coal mining in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains

Alberta’s Opposition NDP plans to introduce a private member’s bill that would ban future coal mining and related activities on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.

The proposed legislation comes as Alberta’s United Conservative government is to hold public consultations at the end of this month on expanding coal mining in the area.

Click to play video 'Red flags and mistrust flare up over Alberta government coal flip-flop' Red flags and mistrust flare up over Alberta government coal flip-flop

Red flags and mistrust flare up over Alberta government coal flip-flop – Feb 9, 2021

NDP Leader Rachel Notley says, if passed, the bill would also permanently cancel all coal leases on so-called Category 1 and 2 lands and stop planned changes to water allocations in the area.

Story continues below advertisement

Public consultations are scheduled to begin March 29, but so far no details have been released.

The UCP revoked last spring a 1976 policy that had protected the Rockies and their eastern slopes from open-pit coal mines.

It was reinstated last month after a public outcry.

© 2021 The Canadian Press

View Source