Alberta Ndp Proposes Legislation To Stop Coal Exploration In Rockies

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At the news conference, while Harcourt was still leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, internationally renowned environmentalist Colleen McCrory, president of the Valhalla Wilderness Society, the woman who had named B.C. "Brazil of the North", joined hands with Jack Munro—the environmentalist-hating president of B.C.’s branch of the International Woodworkers of America, who had sabotaged a general strike in 1983—to announce that B.C.’s woods would soon achieve peace in our time. The origins of CORE went back to a news conference Harcourt had held in 1990, announcing an end to the "War in the Woods". That was the media’s name for the many land-use conflicts around the province that escalated to the point of large-scale civil disobedience and, in especially contested valleys like the Stein , tree-spiking and more radical forms of direct action. Bill C-19, which would have extended the voting period to three days, among other things, was left at report stage in the House of Commons by the time Parliament rose for the summer.
discharges from its coal mining operations, which were linked to deformities in a tributary of the Elk River.Desjardins said that in May it had joined Powering Past Coal Alliance, a coalition of businesses pledging to stop financing coal power.Months later, the government walked back that unilateral move after public opposition, and it has since initiated a consultation process focused on developing Alberta's metallurgical coal industry.
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"An early coal phase-out means cost savings, significant emissions reductions and better health for Albertans. The economics of coal are challenging, particularly with the availability of cost-competitive renewables, so this makes coal retirement a very cost-effective way to lower greenhouse gas emissions. As Capital Power’s plans indicate, this also increases the likelihood of investment in diversification and innovative clean technologies. Given that coal accounts for 70 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from electricity generation in Saskatchewan, phasing out coal is clearly the low-hanging fruit. Stopping the use of coal to generate electricity is a major step to limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times, which scientists say would avoid the most devastating impacts of climate change. For example, in a recent joint federal-provincial public hearing on the proposed Grassy Mountain coal project in the Crowsnest Pass region of Alberta, not one member of Nixon’s ministry participated to question the adequacy of the proponent’s environmental assessment. In 2017, Parkland County was home to nine coal-fired generating units (Sundance 1-6 and Keephills 1-3), and the co-located Highvale coal mine.

On the other hand, New Brunswick will also reduce its exports to Quebec to meet domestic shortfall, and Quebec will scale down its exports to Ontario, in response to reductions in imports from New Brunswick. Since the Amendments will reduce the operational life of affected units, major refurbishments will be avoided. In some cases, utilities will choose to undertake less extensive refurbishments prior to 2030, since the unit will only operate for another 6 or 7 years, as opposed to another 20 years.
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If not, you might be surprised to know that MTR mining is now back on the table in Alberta’s mountains. The OCAA used data from Canada's National Pollutant Release Inventory to document the huge environmental and health impacts of burning coal. Ending the use of coal-fired electricity was a massive climate achievement -- the equivalent of taking seven million cars off the road. This report looks at how this remarkable success was achieved and the lessons learned from one of the biggest environmental success stories in recent times. The provincial government has repeatedly said that exploration leases don't necessarily mean there will be mines. In cancelling the 11 coal leases earlier this week, Energy Minister Sonya Savage said her government has listened to the concerns of Albertans.

Footnote 10 Two units have shut down in 2018 while 18 are expected to shut down before 2030. Preliminary assessments of compliance with the Amendments will be carried out through the review and analysis of reports submitted, and may require a follow-up with regulatees, as appropriate. A cost-benefit analysis was conducted for the Amendments, which indicated that it will result in a net reduction of approximately 94 Mt CO2e of GHG emissions between 2029 and 2055. The incremental benefit of achieving these reductions is estimated to be $4.7 billion, while the incremental cost is estimated to be $2.0 billion over the same period. Total compliance cost is the sum of incremental costs for Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia excluding cost savings in the rest of Canada. The anticipated cumulative GHG emission reductions of about 94 Mt CO2e will be achieved at an estimated cost of $2.0 billion, or $21 per tonne of CO2e from 2019–2055, as shown in Table 10. Table 6.A shows the net impact on electricity trade balances for affected provinces. The North American electricity grid is strongly interconnected, particularly in eastern regions.