Corb Lund might not be an obvious choice as a campaigner against fossil fuel expansion. But the music star has taken on an unexpected new role, as a leader of efforts to stop new open pit coal mines in western Canada's iconic Rocky Mountains. | Supplied photo

Country music star spurs unlikely coalition against coal

TORONTO, July 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – With hits like the “Roughest Neck Around” that celebrate oil workers, Canadian country rocker Corb Lund might not be an obvious choice as a campaigner against fossil fuel expansion. But the music star has taken on an unexpected new role, as a leader of efforts to stop new […] Read more

Country singer Corb Lund performs at an anti-coal development event at the Rocking P Ranch near Nanton, Alta., June 16, where the results of the Livingstone Landowners Group study were outlined. |  Supplied photo

Report finds long-lasting coal mining impact

Efforts to remove what are expected to be toxic levels of selenium in the Oldman River system due to potential open-pit coal mining in Alberta would likely have to be sustained for hundreds if not thousands of years, says a scientist. The estimate is based on a study modelling what will likely happen if eight […] Read more

More than 90 percent of respondents felt certain areas should be restricted, making suggestions that ranged from the Rockies to areas near watersheds or in close proximity to farms. | Mike Sturk photo

Survey rejects coal mining on Eastern Slopes

Albertans have overwhelmingly indicated in an online survey that areas such as the province’s Rocky Mountains and foothills are not appropriate for coal exploration and development. More than 90 percent of respondents felt certain areas should be restricted, making suggestions that ranged from the Rockies to areas near watersheds or in close proximity to farms. […] Read more


Albertans will be able to share their environmental concerns as part of upcoming public consultations over a new coal policy for the province, said Energy Minister Sonya Savage. | Mike Sturk photo

Alta. halts Category 2 coal exploration; keeps input terms

The Alberta government has halted coal exploration on Category 2 lands in the Eastern Slopes region of the Rocky Mountains in response to extensive public feedback, said Energy Minister Sonya Savage. It includes a three-week online survey by the government ending April 19 that attracted nearly 25,000 respondents, she said during a news conference April […] Read more

Despite public concerns about the potential impact of open-pit coal mines in terms of land and water use, the terms of reference said the committee's mandate

Alta. gov’t posts terms of reference for coal consultation

Environmentalists, landowners suspicious that process will focus on views on development but not on the environment

The provincial government’s handling of upcoming public consultations about open-pit coal mining along the Eastern Slopes of Alberta is an exercise in smoke and mirrors, said a ranch owner. “I have never in all my years seen a government that works so hard to do the wrong thing,” said Bobbi Lambright, secretary and director of […] Read more


Despite public concerns about the potential impact of open-pit coal mines in terms of land and water use, the terms of reference said the committee's mandate

Alta. gov’t posts terms of reference for coal consultation

The Alberta government’s handling of upcoming public consultations about open-pit coal mining in the province’s Eastern Slopes is an exercise in smoke and mirrors, says a ranch owner. “I have never in all my years seen a government that works so hard to do the wrong thing,” said Bobbi Lambright, secretary and director of the […] Read more

Ian Urquhart, conservation director for the Alberta Wilderness Association, said the terms of reference for the consultation were posted to a provincial government website with no official announcement or news conference, and do not mention land or water use. | Mike Sturk photo

Critics question Alta. gov’t coal consultation

The roundabout way the terms of reference for upcoming public consultations for a new coal policy for Alberta have come to light is heightening the fears of people opposed to open-pit coal mining in the Eastern Slopes. “I mean, how can you trust this government when this is their approach to the consultation?” said Ian […] Read more

Coal mining in Alberta’s Eastern Slopes has come under intense public pressure since the government rescinded the province’s coal policy last year. | Mike Sturk photo

Alberta unveils details of coal consultations

Producers launch two independent studies to look at the potential impact of open-pit coal mining in the Eastern Slopes

The provincial government has appointed what it called an independent external committee to lead what it describes as a “comprehensive public engagement to inform the development of a modern coal policy for Alberta.” The five-member committee will be responsible for designing and conducting the engagement, said a provincial statement. In the meantime, Albertans are invited […] Read more


Producers have launched two independent studies to look at the potential impact of such projects on areas such as this in the Mt. Livingston Range, said Laura Laing of the Plateau Cattle Co. | Laura Laing photo

Alta. producers launch coal mining studies

Ranchers fighting against open-pit coal mining in the Eastern Slopes aren’t waiting for the provincial government to provide details about public consultations for a new coal policy for Alberta. Producers have launched two independent studies to look at the potential impact of such projects, said Laura Laing of the Plateau Cattle Co. A study into […] Read more

The proposed legislation, called an Act to Protect Our Mountains, would also

Alberta NDP introduces bill to ban coal mining

The private member’s bill would stop future mining on the Eastern Slopes and require consultations on the region’s future

Alberta’s opposition NDP plans to start a private member’s bill to immediately ban future coal mining for all categories of land on the province’s Eastern Slopes. “The bill would then require a full consultation, based on current and best science, with all Albertans and with Indigenous communities to establish effective protections across the Eastern Slopes,” […] Read more