Update from the committee - August

August marks five months since the Coal Policy Committee began engaging Albertans on a modern coal policy. We continue hear from Albertans about the management of coal resources in Alberta.

This past month, we held more virtual meetings with interested parties. We also undertook a tour of several communities in central Alberta. That tour provided an opportunity to meet with several groups in the region and to visit and view active and reclaimed mines in the area. A more detailed post about the tour will be published soon.

The committee was pleased to receive 101 more written submissions through our mailbox in August, bringing the total to 605 submissions since March. We encourage Albertans to submit a technical submission or send us your thoughts on managing Alberta’s coal resources as the deadline for submissions is fast approaching. The deadline for either email or technical submissions is September 19.

As August draws to a close, we are wrapping up Phase 2 of our engagement process. Looking ahead to September, we will also be completing our Indigenous engagement process, which supplements the Alberta government’s nation-to-nation engagement with Indigenous communities in Alberta. We will also be compiling the advice and perspectives received from Albertans to inform our recommendations in our final report.

Thank you again to all who have submitted their comments to the committee. We look forward to sharing more on our progress next month.

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