Concerned about how the provincial government has handled potential mine development, a group of locals gathered off Highway 22 to protest last Sunday. The group is calling for the end of all proposed coal mines in Crowsnest Pass. (Photos by Sean Oliver)
CROWSNEST PASS – None of us are here for ourselves — we’re here for the land for future generations,” said one participant at an anti-mine rally Sunday. Masked and physically distanced, over 50 people gathered at the monolith placed at the Maycroft Campground off Highway 22 to protest proposed coal development in Crowsnest Pass.
The rally voiced displeasure with the provincial government’s lack of public consultation in dismissing the 1976 coal policy, thereby opening up large portions of the Rocky Mountains for exploration and potential open-pit mining projects. Although the government has since reinstated the coal policy and promised to hold meaningful consultation, those attending the rally said previous actions by provincial officials had eroded any trust in future consultation efforts.
Concerned that approval of the Grassy Mountain and Tent Mountain mining projects will set a precedent for future coal developments in the Rockies, organizers are gathering signatures for a petition requesting the government prohibit any new open-pit coal mining. More information can be found online at www.stopcrowsnestmines.org.