AWA’s letter to the Premier and Minister of Energy and Mineral regarding Coal Mining in the Eastern Slopes
September 21, 2023
Alberta Wilderness Association wrote Premier Smith and Minister Jean on September 21, 2023 to express our concern regarding the ongoing coal mining projects in the Eastern Slopes, including Summit Coal Ltd.’s Mine 14 and Northback Holdings Corporation’s Grassy Mountain’s recent applications to the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). AWA is concerned that Ministerial Order 002/2022, directing AER to implement a moratorium on new coal exploration and development in the Eastern Slopes is at risk of being violated.
Albertans have reiterated time and time again that coal mining is an inappropriate land-use for the sensitive and essential environments within the Eastern Slopes. The Eastern Slopes are the backbone of Alberta’s wilderness. They encompass the vital headwaters of the North Saskatchewan, South Saskatchewan, Red Deer and Oldman rivers, provide essential habitat for wildlife and species at risk, and support the recreational pursuits and livelihoods of many. Applications and plans for coal mining exploration and development threaten the ecological integrity of Alberta’s Eastern Slopes.
Read AWA’s full letter here.