Oil and gas leads Canadian spending on environmental protection

More than triple the next-highest industry on the list, mining and quarrying

Oil and gas leads Canadian spending on environmental protectionThe latest numbers show how much businesses in Canada spend on environmental protection, and it’s another year with the oil and gas sector way ahead of the pack. Statistics Canada reports that oil and gas producers spent $3.1 billion on environmental protection in 2019, the highest of all 20 industries in the annual survey. The…

Ammolite to be named Alberta’s official gemstone

The province is the only place in the world where its soon-to-be-official gem is mined commercially

Ammolite to be named Alberta’s official gemstoneAlberta may soon be getting an official gemstone, as the provincial government recently announced its intention to add ammolite to the Emblems of Alberta Act, along with current emblems such as the wild rose and petrified wood, Alberta’s official flower and stone. Though ammolite wasn’t officially recognized as a gemstone until 1981, it’s been around far longer than…

How bugs and worms could help restore land after industrial use

‘A whole world under our feet’: soil dwellers offer a fuller picture of how reclamation efforts are working

How bugs and worms could help restore land after industrial useThe tiny creatures teeming in the dirt under our feet don’t seem important, but University of Alberta research is starting to unearth ways some of them could help measure land reclamation efforts. Invertebrates such as worms, mites, centipedes and beetles affect the soil, but they aren’t included in current criteria that help mining, forestry, oil…

Canada’s oil sands best fit to increase long-term supply to U.S.: analyst 

Keystone XL would have transported 830,000 barrels per day from Western Canada to the U.S.

Canada’s oil sands best fit to increase long-term supply to U.S.: analyst Canada’s oil sector is scrambling to increase production as the U.S. bans imports from Russia. Had the Keystone XL pipeline not been cancelled, more oil from Canada would likely already be on the way, says a leading oil analyst. “We are expecting some growth from Canada, but for a meaningful difference, it’s tough because you…

Climate change may well trigger Arctic development

But not in the way you thought

Climate change may well trigger Arctic developmentFor two decades, it has been predicted that climate change will open up the Arctic to economic development, leading to a race for resources. The region is supposed to be more accessible due to climate change. But is that true? In reality, many of the impacts of climate change make shipping, transportation and infrastructure development…

Manitoba must do more to encourage mining

Simply possessing the mineral and metal deposits isn’t enough

Manitoba must do more to encourage miningThe Manitoba mining industry received some good news recently, but the province still needs to reform its mining policies for the sector to thrive. Despite some progress over the years, the province continues to have a hostile climate for investment: this needs to change. Vale Ltd. recently announced a $150-million investment to extend nickel mining…

China holding the world hostage over rare-earth elements

Decoupling will be difficult and costly, but is a necessity

China holding the world hostage over rare-earth elementsSeveral factors have induced Western governments and the firms they preside over to find substitute supply chains for the China-dominant ones they depend on. These factors include growing public revulsion at the repressive and persecutory policies the Chinese Communist Party has for its ethnic, religious and other minorities or critics; the increasingly aggressive expansionary moves…

Research aids in hunt for economically important ore deposits

Including diamonds

Research aids in hunt for economically important ore depositsA new study sheds light on a fundamental mechanism of how Earth’s continental plates heal, with implications for diamond exploration and locating economically important minerals. “Cratons are the oldest stable continental land masses on Earth and are widely known as repositories for diamonds and metals of economic importance,” said Jingao Liu, lead author and visiting…

Harnessing Newfoundland and Labrador’s vast mineral potential

The province appeals to mining investors because it’s able to match its relatively strong endowment with competitive policies

Harnessing Newfoundland and Labrador’s vast mineral potentialBy Jairo Yunis and Alex Whalen The Fraser Institute As Newfoundland and Labrador deals with the effects of COVID-19 and recession, good news economic stories appear to be in short supply. However, a recent survey of investors sheds light on the province’s mining potential. Mining plays an important role in the province’s economy and the…

Mining sector needs to get in on the hunt for strategic minerals

Local access is crucial if we are to ensure the long-term viability of our technology sector

Mining sector needs to get in on the hunt for strategic mineralsThe Canadian mining sector has been a vital cog in the country’s economy during the pandemic, with the importance of the industry growing steadily over time. Operations and exploration continued during the COVID-19 outbreak, collaborations with Indigenous communities expanded, technological sophistication accelerated, and, at a time when environmental assessment processes deter investment in Canada, international…
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