The Mineral lndustry and Urbanization

CIM Bulletin, 1968

J. H. MORGAN, Consulting Geologist, Montreal, Que

Since World War II, urban communities have expanded at an unprecedented rate. The industrial mineral industry supplies the sand, grave], limestone, crushed rock, cement, gypsum, etc. for urbanization. Most deposits in use are close to or within communities. Pollution of water and air has become a matter of public concern. Waste disposal and the effects of noise and vibration are subjects of public debate. Need for the reclamation of land after operations such as strip mining is discussed in magazine articles and on TV programs; i.e., the general public is educated in the unattractive features of mining. Legislation is on the books and being drafted to regulate mining operations and t heir side effects. To avoid overregulation and restrictive legislation, it is necessary that the public be educated and legislators informed of problems peculiar to the mining industry. Our side of t he story needs publicity.
Keywords: gypsum, mineral industry, strip mining, urbanization, mineral, Mineral industry, minerals, Minerals industry, mining, Operation, Pollution, Waste