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Opponents of coal mining in the Rockies are hailing a decision to deny an application for the Grassy Mountain coal mine. The proposed mine attracted widespread opposition, including from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, which posted this image on its website.

Opponents hail decision to reject controversial coal mine proposal

Critics say Grassy Mountain coal mine would have polluted waterways, and a regulatory panel agreed

Reading Time: 2 minutes An application for the highly controversial Grassy Mountain coal mine has been turned down by a joint federal-provincial regulatory panel. “We find that the project’s significant adverse environmental effects on surface water quality and westslope cutthroat trout and habitat outweigh the low to moderate positive economic impacts of the project,” the panel for the Alberta […] Read more

The stunning beauty of the Eastern Slopes makes it easy to understand opposition to coal mining in the area. But those who live and ranch there, like John Smith of the Plateau Cattle Company, say the threat extends far further east as the watershed is critical for the farms, ranches and feedlots on the plains below.

COAL MINING: Quiet policy change sparks a fast-spreading uproar

Ranchers and landowners unite and gird for battle after province opens the door to new mines

Reading Time: 7 minutes [UPDATED: April 20, 2021] The threat of open-pit mining in the Eastern Slopes has Laura Laing spending hours every day researching everything from coal exploration techniques to selenium contamination. It has Callum Sears frustrated and angry. And they are just two of a host of ranchers and landowners in the southern foothills — and beyond […] Read more



(File photo by Dave Bedard)

Grain exports flow fast as pandemic lockdowns clear rail capacity

Traffic accelerates on lower coal, crude volumes

Winnipeg | Reuters — Canadian grain exporters are boosting sales in a slumping global economy, as demand for commodities like oil weakens and frees up railway space. Brisk crop movement in a country that relies heavily on rail is a bright spot during pandemic lockdowns, which have hammered most industries. “We’ve had an almost unlimited […] Read more


(PortOfThunderBay.com)

Thunder Bay wraps up active shipping season

MarketsFarm — The last cargo vessel of the year departed the Port of Thunder Bay on Sunday, bringing total cargo shipments through the facility to their highest level in half-a-decade. “Strong shipments of Prairie-grown grain and other dry bulk commodities from Western Canada buoyed the port’s cargo tonnage to 9.3 million metric tonnes, the highest […] Read more

Rail cars arrive at Glencore’s Puerto Prodeco coal depository in Colombia. (Glencore.com)

Glencore sees renewables not cost competitive until mid-century

London | Reuters — Renewable energy will not be cost competitive with fossil fuels until 2050, Glencore said on Tuesday, much later than energy organizations forecast and supporting the mining and trading giant’s case for continued investment in coal. Glencore, whose non-mining holdings include Canadian grain handler Viterra, has said coal is still an investment […] Read more