Towns on the clock: What comes after coal for B.C.’s mining towns?

By Josh Pagé and Liam Britten, CBC News

Mining coal for steelmaking has been the way of life — a good life — for coal miners in towns like Elkford, Sparwood and Fernie for more than a century.

But there’s also tension there, as coal truck driver Katie Bulger, who originally moved to the area for the snowboarding, explains.

“It is kind of a huge push and pull between … loving the mountains, being outdoors, and then going to a mine where it is just destroying mountains,” she said.

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