Tuesday, 20 December 2011

MINING IN ALBERTA -- there may be more going on than you realize

In Alberta, it goes without saying that energy is king. It’s so prevalent, in fact, that it even dominates other industries, like mining. Eleven of the province’s 15 major mining operations are focused on digging up either coal or oil sands products that will be used for energy. The other four are quarries filled with massive volumes of sand and gravel with an annual yield worth approximately $300 million to the provincial economy.
But while coal, oil sands, sand and gravel are the Alberta mining industry’s big four commodities, there are more than 40 minerals of commercial potential known to occur within the province’s boundaries. Here are a few of the more viable ones.

- Duncan Kinney