Canada will not approve new thermal coal mining projects - environment minister

by Reuters
Friday, 11 June 2021 13:23 GMT

Canada's Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson attends a news conference at the Dominion Arboretum in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada December 11, 2020. REUTERS/Blair Gable

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Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson called the projects 'unacceptable'

OTTAWA, June 11 (Reuters) - Canada will not approve new thermal coal mining projects or plans to expand existing mines because of the potential for environmental damage, Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said on Friday.

"The government considers that these projects are likely to cause unacceptable environmental effects within federal jurisdiction and are not aligned with Canada's domestic and international climate change commitments," he said in a statement.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren)