Panel on Rockies coal mining granted six-week extension to deliver its report

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EDMONTON — A panel gathering public input on coal mining in the Alberta Rockies will have another six weeks to hand in its report.

Energy Minister Sonya Savage says in a statement that she's granted the committee's request for an extension until the end of the year because of the volume of material it has received.

The panel says it has received more than 1,000 emailed documents and 170 detailed written submissions, along with associated materials from 67 meetings across the province.

The five-member panel was supposed to deliver two reports to Savage on Monday — one summarizing what it heard and another one with recommendations.

It was originally supposed to deliver the summary report in October, making today's announcement its second delay.

The panel was struck in response to a broad public outcry over proposals for open-pit coal mines in the mountains and foothills that are the source of much of Alberta's drinking water.

Alberta has paused further coal exploration lease sales while it develops a new coal policy.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 10, 2021.

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