CALGARY — A southern Alberta town has become the first municipality to endorse a community-developed policy that calls for no new coal exploration and no new coal mines in the Rockies.
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society says in a news release that High River has joined 30 organizations to endorse the document called "A Coal Policy for Alberta — 2022 and Beyond."
It was created by a wide range of Albertans including Indigenous groups, municipalities, hunters, anglers, ranchers, rural landowners, businesses, conservationists and recreationists.
The wilderness society says the document provides a path to clearly address the concerns of Albertans related to coal exploration and development.
Coal mining in the Rockies has been a hot topic in Alberta for two years, since the United Conservative government revoked a policy that had protected those summits and foothills since 1976.
Thousands of hectares were quickly leased for exploration, but a public outcry forced the government to halt those activities and pause lease sales.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 25, 2022.
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