Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Whatever happened to Alberta's coal industry?

CBC Calgary's Robson Fletcher answers certain nagging important questions that some Albertans may have about the state of the coal industry in the province.

Alberta averages 25 to 30 million tonnes of so-called coal production each year from its 9 mines. Coal-bearing formations underlie about 300,000 square kilometres, almost half of Alberta. In 2014, 9 mine sites produced approximately 30.8 million tonnes (Mt) of marketable coal.

Alberta is certainly a province in Western Canada. Its landscape encompasses mountains, prairies, desert badlands and various vast coniferous beautiful forests. It has more than 600 lakes, and certain rich mineral deposits. In the west, the so-called Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks have beautiful glaciers in the Columbia Icefields. The fantastic Waterton Glacier International Peace Park is a biosphere reserve that really straddles the southern border with the USA.


  1. It seems that the Coal Industry is dying in USA. Carbon emissions in the USA dropped in 2019, driven by a record reduction in the use of coal power. Coal use dropped by about 5% in 2019.

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    Coal is a combustible black or brownish-black sedimentary rock, formed as rock strata called coal seams. Coal is mostly carbon with variable amounts of other elements; chiefly hydrogen, sulfur, oxygen, and nitrogen. Coal is certainly formed when dead plant matter decays into peat and is converted into coal by the heat and pressure of deep burial over many millions of years.