Thermal coal
doesn't belong in
the 21st century

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Our climate can't take more coal

Tell Minister McKenna to look into the Vista coal mine expansion.

 

   
The Honourable
Catherine
McKenna
Government of Canada

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Thermal coal is a 19th century fuel that has no place in 2019.

So why is a massive Canadian coal mine expansion on the table?

Thermal coal is the dirtiest form of the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel. It’s toxic for human health and disastrous for the climate.

Despite this, mining company Coalspur wants to expand its Vista thermal coal mine, located in Alberta, to double or even triple its current planned capacity to extract thermal coal. If this happens, up to 15 million tonnes of coal could be extracted every year for export to coal plants overseas.

To put this into context, the greenhouse gas emissions, from burning that amount of coal, would be equal to the total annual emissions from more than 7 million cars.

With the help of supporters like you, Ecojustice has confronted dirty coal projects in the past. Now, on behalf of the Keepers of the Water and the West Athabasca Watershed Bioregional Society, we’re calling on the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to show climate leadership by ordering an environmental assessment of the Vista mine expansion.

An assessment would give decision-makers and the public a better idea of how the project would impact the climate, the local environment, and Indigenous rights.

Will you help us send a message to the Minister?

Help Ecojustice call on Minister McKenna to stick to Canada’s commitment against coal.

 

The only way to build a safe climate for future generations

We are facing a climate crisis and it’s clear that a transition off coal must be part of the solution.

Canada has already taken concrete action to phase out coal-fired electricity in our country by 2030. But if we aren’t okay with burning coal at home, we shouldn’t be okay feeding coal consumption elsewhere. If the Vista coal mine expansion goes ahead, the emissions from burning that coal overseas could effectively cancel out the important progress we’ve made lowering GHG emissions in Canada.

Canada faces a choice: Continue to set a global example of climate leadership by ordering an environmental assessment of the Vista coal mine, or wave through a project that would lead to significant greenhouse gas emissions.

Please, call on the Minister to make the right call and order an assessment of the Vista thermal coal mine expansion.

About our partners

Keepers of the Water is comprised of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples; environmental groups; concerned citizens; and communities working together for the protection of air, water and land – and thus, for all living things today and tomorrow — in the Arctic Drainage Basin. 

West Athabasca Watershed Bioregional Society, located in the headwaters of the Athabasca River, has a mandate is to protect, preserve and restore the Athabasca Watershed through advocacy, education and community projects.

   Photo credit: Rose Davies via CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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