In an encouraging development, the government of British Columbia has killed a proposed coal mine that had been proposed in the Flathead Valley. This was done for environmental reasons, particularly in response to concerns from the state of Montana that pollution from the mine would flow south through the river. In addition to the largest population of grizzly bears in North America, the valley apparently “holds massive coal and gas reserves that Shell and other oil and gas companies have spent millions of dollars preparing to explore and develop.”
The cabinet order goes beyond blocking one proposed mine. Rather, it “prohibits any mineral, placer or coal mining” in the valley. For the sake of climatic concerns, in addition to water quality ones, this is a decision to applaud.