Halt new coal policy and consult, says Alberta Beef

A coal mine in a mountain area of Alberta.
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Alberta Beef Producers says it is “frustrated with the limited public engagement” conducted by the provincial government regarding open-pit coal extraction in the province’s eastern slopes.

ABP’s board has passed a resolution calling on the government to reinstate the former coal development policy (put in place in 1976 but quietly rescinded last summer) “until proper public consultation is complete.”

Ranchers have been at the forefront of widespread opposition to the new coal policy for 1.5 million hectares of the eastern slopes. Critics say coal mines will not only take away grazing land and ravage an iconic landscape but pollute waterways with selenium.

ABP said it “is not opposed to environmentally responsible resource extraction” but there should be public consultation before creating land-use policies.

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