Alberta cancels recently issued coal leases in response to public outcry
The Alberta government has reversed its plans to expand coal mining in the Rocky Mountains.
Public opposition to the move has grown significantly in the last number of days, with tens of thousands of people signing petitions, writing letters and joining online groups.
Energy Minister Sonya Savage said in an emailed statement that the province would cancel 11 recently issued coal leases and pause any future coal lease sales in former Category 2 lands.
“We have listened carefully to the concerns raised in recent days, and thank those who spoke up with passion,” she said.
“As a result, we will pause future coal lease sales in former Category 2 lands. The coal…