New Democrat MP tables private bill, wants federal assessment of coal projects

New Democrat MP tables private bill, wants federal assessment of coal projects
OTTAWA -- Alberta s lone New Democrat member of Parliament is asking Ottawa to require that all coal-mining proposals go through a full federal environmental assessment.

Heather McPherson says her private member s bill, tabled today, would remove a threshold on size that new mines must now cross before they are federally reviewed.

She says the bill is in response to the large number of projects proposed in Alberta s Rocky Mountains after the province s United Conservative government removed a long-standing policy that protected the land in the region.

After a loud public outcry, the policy was temporarily restored.

McPherson says she s been hearing from many Albertans who say they don t trust the province s environmental oversight.

First Nations, Alberta communities and environmental groups have already asked federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson for a review of many coal projects.
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