The Rehabilitation of the Mining Environment in British Columbia

CIM Bulletin, 1971

J. V. THIRGOOD, Professor, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.

Reclamation legislation was introduced in British Columbia in 1969 amidst public concern and controversy. This paper reviews this legislation as it relates to coal mining, and how it is being implemented. Although the principles of land reclamation are reasonably well understood, reclamation of industrial wasteland has never previously been attempted under such rugged conditions as occur in the Canadian Rockies and a new methodology is being developed. The resolution of the technical and organizational problems involved are discussed and the techniques and experiences described.
Keywords: British Columbia, Canadian, Canadian Mining Jour., coal mining, Crown Colony of British Columbia, Land Reclamation, University of British Columbia, Legislation, Mine, Mines, mining, Reclamation, Research