Issue Briefs

Issue Brief: Vista coal mine expansion

Updated: July 28, 2020

The Coalspur Vista mine is one of the largest thermal coal mines in Canada, and the proposed expansion could almost triple its capacity. The Coalspur Vista mine is one of the largest thermal coal mines in Canada, and the proposed expansion could almost triple its capacity. According to the Analysis Report by the Impact Assessment Agency, the project “may cause adverse effects within federal jurisdiction” but the size of project is just below the thresholds to require a federal impact assessment. Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson declined in December to order a federal impact assessment, but the federal government has since announced that they will make a new decision by the end of July. Read more about Issue Brief: Vista coal mine expansion

Issue Brief: Closing and delisting Alberta parks

Updated: July 28, 2020

The province is planning to close 20 parks sites and delist another 164 sites, although the timing is still uncertain. Internal government documents show there was no analysis of costs, public were excluded from consultation and land sales have been considered. Read more about Issue Brief: Closing and delisting Alberta parks

Issue Brief: Rescinding the Alberta Coal Policy

The Alberta government rescinded the 1976 Coal Policy on June 1, saying the policy was no longer relevant due to regulatory changes and new approaches in land use planning since the 1970s. However, gaps in land use plans (particularly in the eastern slopes region) may leave sensitive regions open to coal development. Read more about Issue Brief: Rescinding the Alberta Coal Policy

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