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Alberta musician Corb Lund comes out against proposed coal mines in Rocky Mountains

Corb Lund, who has sung around the world about cowboy culture and rural life for decades, has released a Facebook video in which he calls the plans short-sighted and a threat.

Grassy Mountain mine would be the first of what the government hopes is more open pit mines in the area

Corb Lund says he's opposed to the Grassy Mountain coal mine, currently under review. (CBC)

An Alberta musician is coming out against proposed coal mines for the province's Rocky Mountains.

Corb Lund, who has sung around the world about cowboy culture and rural life for decades, has released a Facebook video in which he calls the plans short-sighted and a threat.

Corb Lund raises concerns about open coal mining in Alberta's Rockies

CBC News Calgary

1 month ago
6:14
The Alberta musician is lending his voice to the fight against coal policy changes implemented by the UCP government last year. (Video: Corb Lund/Facebook) 6:14

"I'm just against it," he said, calling it a "terrible idea" in the short term and "especially" long term.

Alberta's United Conservative government has revoked a 1976 policy that kept coal mines out of the mountains and eastern slopes of the Rockies.

One mine is currently under review and vast areas of the mountains have been leased for exploration.

Lund, who says he's done thorough research into the issue, says those plans endanger the ranching lifestyles of his neighbours and the drinking water for millions downstream.

"Why would you take any risks at all with our water?" he said. 

He's urging people to speak out and oppose open-pit coal mines in the Rockies. He also encouraged people to reach out to their MLAs and MPs about the plan.

"One of the things about this, it's the most urgent, is that no one knows about it," Lund said. "If you don't want the water poison, or if you don't want any chance of opening the door to any threat to the water, make it happen."

He also criticized the province for making the changes quietly and without consultation.

"The policy seems to have changed pretty quietly," Lund said. "I don't think that's how you should govern."

Alberta's new approach to coal

CBC News Calgary

8 months ago
4:03
Alberta has reshaped a decades-old balance in the Rockies and Foothills, rescinding its 1976 Coal Development Policy, opening the door to more open-pit mines in the mountains. 4:03

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