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Britannia Mine and Water Treatment Centre

You may see it if you ever get a chance to drive up to Whistler BC.  It’s the Britania Mine! You can check out the official website below.

The site has an interesting history from being the number one producing mine in the world and producing 17% of the worlds copper at one point as well.  About 50 Million tones were extracted.  You can imagine the impact on the region around it.  Its interesting how the mine has always been in foreign ownership, previously owned by New Yorkers, Montanans… and now the treatment plant is operated by an Edmonton Company. The edmonton group gets paid appx. $10’000 a day and it’s operating costs are about $6000 ($4000 profit a day).  It treats 25’000’000 million gallons of water a day, I don’t know if the government is going after the orginal owners for the environmental impact they caused.  So what does that 10 million cover after infrastructure?  Well it has 3 Full Time and 1 Part Time staff.  Oh and they do lots of field trip seminars.   Sometimes privatization is good, sometimes I think what a waste!  Or it could be a smart move let a private company come in and develop the infrastructure make some money… and once the 20 year contract ends, take it over yourself.

Good website for more info: http://technology.infomine.com/enviromine/ard/Case%20Studies/Britannia.htm

http://www.bcmuseumofmining.org/

http://www.britanniaproject.com/

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July 15, 2009 - Posted by | Earth, Education, Sustainability, Waste, Water | , , ,

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