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Dark and Dirty: Time to Dethrone King Coal in Alberta

April 16, 2014

Wildlands Advocate article, February 2014, by Brittany Verbeek.

Despite coal development’s significant negative impacts on land, air, and water quality, its exploration, mining, and combustion remains a large part of Alberta’s exports and electricity generation. A recent tailings pond spill into tributaries of the Athabasca River from Sherritt’s Obed Mountain Mine exemplified the potential hazards of coal mining.

We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.
- Wallace Stegner
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