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Crowsnest Pass Coal Mining: A Deja Vu to Avoid

January 5, 2015

Wildlands Advocate article, November 2014, by Brittany Verbeek.

The bird’s eye view of B.C.’s Elk Valley landscape shows a patchwork of large dark dead zones amongst a bounty of mountain peaks and lush valleys. Alberta’s Crowsnest Pass is preparing to be the next region to adopt that sort of view. The provincial government seems willing to allow, if not encourage, yet another high impact land use onto our forested headwaters by allowing coal leases throughout and inevitably new open pit mines.

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With rare exception cattle ranchers have been the best of guardians of the land entrusted to them. May we continue to be conscientious caretakers of this precious resource and hand it on to another generation unspoiled.
- Gerald Brewin, Rancher in the Taber area 1929 - 2016
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