To the editor,
As part of recent Nova Scotia Mining Week activities (Nov. 12-15), the Mining Association of Nova Scotia launched a short video about how former mines and quarries are reclaimed so future generations continue to enjoy sites after operations are done.
The video, called "We Give Back," is available at www.NotYourGrandfathersMining.ca. It features footage shot at various sites across Nova Scotia, including Point Pleasant Park, which contains over 50 former quarries, and two sites in the New Glasgow area – the former Coalburn mine and the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton.
We also recently launched an online educational quiz called “Find the Mine,” which lets you guess which pictures in a series are of reclaimed mines and quarries, and which aren't. The quiz highlights that after mines and quarries have been reclaimed, it can be very difficult to tell that an operation was ever there.
We hope your readers will visit www.NotYourGrandfathersMining.ca to learn more about how the industry reduces its environmental impact while working on a site, and then reclaims it in ways that maximize its use for communities. What we take from the earth, we give back.
Sean Kirby, Executive Director
Mining Association of Nova Scotia