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The headwaters that feed the Bow and Elbow rivers, which supply Calgary’s drinking water, won’t be affected by the provincial changes. They’re in lands that remain classified as protected, where coal mining is prohibited.
High River Mayor Craig Snodgrass voiced his concerns at Wednesday’s committee meeting. His town council voted earlier this month to ask the province to reinstate the previous coal policy, and he asked Calgary to back those efforts.
“This thing is moving at light speed right now. We’ve asked for a stop-work order on the exploration. That absolutely has to happen immediately,” he said.
“Now’s the time to start pounding the table to get this stopped.”
Calgary city council agreed to take a closer look at the coal mining debate last week, after a motion from Coun. Diane Colley-Urquhart. While the Eastern Slopes are well beyond Calgary city limits, the city also has a role as steward and manager of the Bow River and South Saskatchewan River watersheds.