British Columbia Mine Reclamation Symposium

A sustainable legacy : utilizing mine assets post-closure : Island Copper Mine Welchman, Brian; Aspinall, Craig


The Island Copper Mine operated by BHP Minerals Canada Ltd., a subsidiary of BHP International of Australia, ceased operations on December 31, 1995 on depletion of the copper-molybdenum orebody on the northern tip of Vancouver Island. BHP subsequently carried out a comprehensive plan to achieve an environmentally sensitive mine closure while also initiating the utilization of the site for sustainable commercial and industrial operations providing an ongoing economic benefit to the host community of Port Hardy.

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