A plan to mine more of the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel should prompt an environmental assessment, wouldn’t you say?
Apparently, our federal Environment Minister disagrees.
Coalspur has plans to expand its dirty Vista coal mine project in Alberta. But in December, Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said the expansion would not have to undergo an environmental assessment.
Fortunately, the story doesn’t end there. Lawyers at environmental advocacy group Ecojustice recently uncovered new information about the project that the company hadn’t even disclosed to ministers, including its intentions to build an underground mine. The case for an environmental assessment is now stronger than ever.
Coal is devastating to human health and the climate. It’s responsible for more than 800,000 premature deaths a year, and is the source of nearly half of the world’s carbon emissions. If we don’t speak up now, this coal mine expansion in Alberta could get approved without a proper environmental review.
Tell Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson to order an environmental assessment for the Vista coal mine expansion.