May 20th, 2024

Alberta to appeal ruling ordering release of documents on coal mining in Rockies

By The Canadian Press on April 25, 2024.

Alberta is appealing a judge's ruling that ordered the release of internal documents on coal mining in the province's Rocky Mountains. Alberta's provincial flag flies in Ottawa on Monday July 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

EDMONTON – Alberta is appealing a judge’s ruling that ordered the release of internal documents on coal mining in the province’s Rocky Mountains.

The lawyer for the ranchers who requested the documents under freedom of information laws is confirming the decision from Alberta Energy.

King’s Bench Justice Kent Teskey ruled earlier this month that the United Conservative government must release thousands of pages of internal communications pertaining to its plan to remove decades-old protections from those landscapes.

Teskey also warned the government that the courts would resist granting requests for judicial reviews if they were seen as delay tactics to frustrate the release of information.

The government’s decision comes after Premier Danielle Smith promised in the legislature that the government would release whatever documents the court requires.

Alberta Energy was not immediately available to comment on its decision.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 25, 2024.

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