2017314&ensp·&enspBecause of these huge reserves coal mining has been an important industry in British Columbia since the beginning of European colonization the Hudson's Bay Company began mining coal in the 1840s to power their steamers and Richard Dunsmuir became the richest man in the province by opening a series of mines on Vancouver Island.
The British Columbia Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation originated in the early 1970's, in response to a demonstrated need in BC for greater governmentindustry communications in the area of environmental protection and reclamation associated with mining.
British Columbia leads the world in mined land reclamation. Effective programs for reintegration of the disturbed lands with the surrounding terrain have been developed. Strategies for replacement of substrates that provide suitable characteristics for plant growth as well as protection and isolation of underlying mine wastes from the environment have been applied at a number of mines in
2020220&ensp·&enspSince 1969, companies have been required by law to reclaim all lands disturbed by mining and related activities in British Columbia. BC was one of the first provinces in Canada to enact mine reclamation legislation, and the first to extend this policy to exploration sites.
The Deans of the Faculty of Applied Science and the Faculty of Science at The University of British Columbia, together with the Head of Mining Engineering, the Head of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, the Director of Geological Engineering, and the Director of the Mineral Deposit Research Unit, are pleased to announce the formation of
British Columbia's worldclass reclamation laws ensure that upon mine closure, land, watercourses and cultural heritage resources are returned to a safe and environmentally sound state. Before starting work at a mine site, companies are required to obtain a permit approving the mine plan, a program for protection of the land and watercourses
2020220&ensp·&enspLegislation Learn about the key statutes and regulations that apply to mining activities in British Columbia. Authorizations Environmental assessment certificates and permits issued under the Mines Act and Environmental Management Act. Compliance Oversight Several provincial agencies work together to provide integrated oversight of British Columbias mines.
Mining is one of British Columbia's safest heavy industries, and the Province is committed to ensuring that B.C. remains a world leader in mine health and safety practices. Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia. Emergency Preparedness. Occupational Health. Mine Safety Awards. Inspection Forms Records.