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Coal in Alberta's Foothills and Potential Impacts to Western Canada's Water

Coal in Alberta's Foothills and Potential Impacts to Western Canada's Water

Update: 2021-04-12
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Did you know that the lands around Alberta's Rocky Mountains could become open pit coal mines? This has become quite the hot topic in the Province of Alberta as it was a decision that the government took without any consultation to the public or any stakeholder groups. This is precious land to not only Albertans but to many Canadians. It is also where Albertans and many people in Saskatchewan get their freshwater from and this is important because of the risk of pollution and contamination from new potential mines in our headwaters.

In this episode we learn about the potential, environmental, economic and social impacts that these mines could impose if they are approved. You will hear from Colton Vessey, an Environmental Geochemistry PhD student from the University of Alberta. Colton is an expert on how mines affect water quality and how future mines might impact everyone in Alberta.

Of course with any type of resource extraction we need to weigh the benefits and the drawbacks. Do you have an opinion on whether the coal mines should go forward or not?

The Alberta Governments has its initial consultation survey that closes next monday April 19th, 2021 and they want to hear from you! Click Here to Fill it Out!

Click Here to learn more about the Alberta Governments Coal consultation program going forward.

Want to learn More?

The Alberta Wilderness Association and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (North and South Alberta Chapters) have lots of great information about this issue!

Click here to read the opinion article Colton Vessey described about water licensing and the potential downstream effects from Benga Minings proposed Grassi Mountain Coal Mine at the headwaters of the Oldman River in Alberta, Canada.

If you want to reach out to Colton Vessey with any questions about coal mining and the effects on water you can email him at vessey@ualberta.ca

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Coal in Alberta's Foothills and Potential Impacts to Western Canada's Water

Coal in Alberta's Foothills and Potential Impacts to Western Canada's Water

David Evans / Colton Vessey