‘I’m kind of pissed off’: Country star Corb Lund criticizes UCP for Alberta coal mining plan – by Sean Amato (CTV News Edmonton – Janaury 13, 2021)


EDMONTON — Country star Corb Lund has released a new video, but this one isn’t a guitar song. It’s him criticizing a UCP government plan to allow “mountaintop removal” for coal exploration in western Alberta.

“We’ve all seen the foothills, it’s beautiful country. So I don’t really like this,” Lund said in a video posted to social media Tuesday. Lund said he’s been researching the issue since people started telling him about it in December.

He said he’s met with a number of people including provincial ministers, members of parliament, First Nations representatives and people who live and harvest food in the area.

“I tried to be fair about it. I know there’s always two stories, and there’s always different values to balance. But I gave it my best shot, and I took in all the information for weeks and studied it. And I got to tell you I’m kind of pissed off,” he said.

The controversy comes after Alberta rescinded a decades-old policy that protected Rocky Mountain landscapes from coal mining. Alberta Energy gave miners until Dec. 15 to bid on nearly 2,000 hectares on the eastern slopes of the Rockies.

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