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Grassy Mountain Rubbing #1
Grassy Mountain Rubbing #1
charcoal on vellum
73.66 x 45.72 cm

Rubbing of a sign on the road to Grassy Mountain.

In May 2020, the UCP government of Alberta rescinded the 1976 Coal Policy to allow for coal exploration and development in the eastern foothills of the Rockies, which includes the Crowsnest Pass region. In 2015, the Australian-based Benga Mining initially proposed the Grassy Mountain Coal Project as an open-pit mine to produce metallurgical coal on Grassy Mountain in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, in Treaty 7, the traditional territory of the Blackfoot.

Grassy Mountain, a site that bears the scars of strip-mining from the 1950s, was the centre of a heated debate. The mine proposal met with widespread public outcry but was ultimately rejected in 2021. However, the issue resurfaced when Northback Holdings, also based in Australia, applied to the Alberta Energy Regulator in late September 2023 for licenses to operate a program to explore coal in Grassy Mountain. A hearing is now scheduled for 2024.