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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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We have spectacular wilderness in Alberta, much of it under some form of protection. Every square millimetre of it has had to be fought for - will always have to be fought for, forever and ever. The struggle to retain and repair wilderness is conducted not just by a few individuals, but by large numbers of committed people, from all walks of life, all working in various ways toward the same end. We need to be grateful to all of them.
- Dave Mayhood
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