Ottawa, Ont. – We congratulate Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson on his decision today to designate the expansion of Coalspur’s Vista Coal Mine for a federal environmental assessment. Thermal coal has no place in the 21st century. It is the dirtiest fossil fuel and is devastating to both human health and the climate.

An environmental assessment is our best chance of generating and evaluating the information required to ensure this expansion is rejected based on its threat to our climate. It is critical to keep companies like Coalspur accountable for the environmental harm they cause, especially given that Canada has made a commitment to “power past coal”, both at home and abroad.

About ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (www.environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is a leading Canadian advocacy organization that works with government, industry and individuals to defend clean water, a safe climate and healthy communities.

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