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Action Alert: Defend Alberta's Eastern Slopes from Coal Mining

Tuesday, October 27, marks the first day of the joint federal and provincial hearing for Benga’s Grassy Mountain Mine. The decision from this review will set a precedent for the future of coal mining in Alberta’s Eastern Slopes. AWA, along with many other concerned individuals and organizations, believes that the Grassy Mountain Mine proposal should be denied. It threatens the ecological integrity of Alberta’s Eastern Slopes and has negative repercussions for the quality of life and social well-being most Albertans are fortunate to enjoy.  Read more about Action Alert: Defend Alberta's Eastern Slopes from Coal Mining

Grassy Mountain Coal Project

Public hearings for Benga Mining Ltd.'s proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project in the Crowsnest Pass will begin on October 27. The hearings, which will be held online and are expected to go until Dec. 2, are the next step in the federal impact assessment. The proposed project includes the construction and operation of an open-pit metallurgical coal mine near Blairmore. Construction is expected to take up to two years, and operation will last up to 25 years.  Read more about Grassy Mountain Coal Project

Issue Brief: Oil Sands Monitoring

Updated: September 10, 2020
The budget for the joint provincial-federal Oil Sands Monitoring Program will be reduced by around 25% this year, citing less field work due to the COVID-19 outbreak. AEN members discussed the budget reduction on a call on August 26 and are seeking clarification from the Oil Sands Monitoring Program. Read more about Issue Brief: Oil Sands Monitoring

Government action holding oilsands operators to account on tailings management long overdue

Pembina Institute reacts to the Commission on Environmental Cooperation’s finding on oilsands tailings

CALGARY — Nina Lothian, director of responsible fossil fuels at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation's final report on Alberta tailings ponds, released Sept. 3, 2020, which found scientific evidence of contaminated water seeping into groundwater around oilsands tailings ponds. Read more about Government action holding oilsands operators to account on tailings management long overdue

Issue Brief: Vista coal mine expansion

Updated: September 3, 2020

The Coalspur Vista mine is one of the largest thermal coal mines in Canada, and the proposed expansion could almost triple its capacity. Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson declined in December 2019 to order a federal impact assessment, but he reversed this decision on July 30 so the project will undergo a federal impact assessment. Coalspur Mines has launched a legal challenge to the Minister's decision.

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