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Federal government says proposed coal mine in southwestern Alberta can't proceed

A monolith is set up near the Rocky Mountains in Alberta with a message to stop the open coal mining pits planned for the area. (CREDIT: @wildstonestories, Instagram)

OTTAWA – The federal government says the proposed Grassy Mountain coal project in southwestern Alberta cannot proceed.

Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson made the announcement in a release.

He says while mining is important to the economy, coal can include significant adverse environmental effects.


Wilkinson says the decision was based on information including the findings of a joint review panel report.

He says the project would have likely caused harm to surface water quality, threatened species including the west slope cutthroat trout and whitebark pine trees, and the physical and cultural heritage of the Kainai, Piikani and Siksika First Nations.

Benga Mining Limited has said the proposed metallurgical coal mine in the Crowsnest Pass area would create hundreds of jobs and produce up to 4.5 million tonnes of coal per year over a mine life of approximately 23 years.