Alberta government to change restrictions on foothills coal mining to ease development

The Alberta government is changing coal policies to make it easier to develop open-pit mines in one of the province’s most sensitive areas.

Alberta says it will abolish land use zones in its southwestern foothills that attempted to balance mining with habitat and water quality.

The zone protecting the most delicate landscapes will remain.

But all other coal mine proposals will go directly to the Alberta Energy Regulator without prior restrictions.

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