Remembering the Past: Lethbridge and Coal

February 3, 2005 :: Frank Fudra and Ron Peta
Moderated by Duane Pendergast

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” George Santayana, philosopher, (1863 – 1952)

Coal provided the abundant energy needed to start the industrial revolution. It prevailed as our energy source for nearly two centuries. Coal was still the king of energy when coal mining founded Lethbridge in 1870. Over one hundred coal mines operated here for various durations. The last local mine closed in 1965.

Over the past 50 years our dependence on coal has declined as we moved to other fuels and energy sources. The supply of some of these fuels is beginning to decline and our attention is returning to coal in spite of its reputation for ravaging the landscape and polluting the atmosphere.

Alberta’s Environment Minister has publicly declared an interest in seeing technology developed that would allow us burn coal cleanly and to properly capture and store carbon dioxide.

The Galt #8 Mine Historic Site Society is passionate about helping us to remember this important industry and resource. Honoring, reflecting and learning from the past is the best way forward.

Frank Fudra and Ron Peta are President and Vice-President, respectively, of the Galt #8 Mine Historic Site Society and long-time residents of Lethbridge.

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