Sumary of ‘Unacceptable environmental effects’: New federal policy restricts thermal coal:
- The federal government is making it more difficult to develop thermal coal in Canada with a new policy that says all such mines create “unacceptable environmental effects.”.
- Federal Environment Minister Jonathon Wilkinson said the move was made because of the need to stop burning coal for power— the single greatest source of greenhouse gases in the world..
- “The government of Canada considers that any new thermal coal mining projects, or expansions of existing thermal coal mines in Canada, are likely to cause unacceptable environmental effects,”.
- It says the federal cabinet must consider sustainability and climate change in weighing any new projects, regardless of size..
- Wilkinson has ruled the project should face a federal environmental assessment, although Coalspur is challenging that decision in court..
- Wilkinson said he believes the new policy lies within federal power despite its impact on natural resources, a provincial jurisdiction….