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Impact assessment on the expansion of the Vista Coal Mine: Équiterre applauds the federal government’s decision

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The federal government has announced that there will be a federal impact assessment on the proposed expansion of the Vista Coal Mine in Alberta. The decision takes new revelations into account about the extent of the proposed expansion and goes back on a decision made in December. The many environmental groups who oppose the project, including Équiterre, along with the tens of thousands of people who signed petitions against the project, are relieved that the government made the right decision.

Reaction from Marc-André Viau, Director of Government Relations, Équiterre
“We applaud the federal government’s decision, taking its environmental obligations seriously, to order an impact assessment for the Vista Coal Mine expansion. As a co-founder of the Powering Past Coal Alliance, Canada must maintain its credibility as an international leader in phasing out the use of coal. This decision demonstrates the importance of a rigorous federal environmental impact assessment process when the provincial regime is inadequate, as is the case in Alberta.”

Read the full press release (in French) >>

 

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