Returning Mined Land to Productivity Through Reclamation

Jason Hayes was invited to prepare the cover article for the Winter 2015 issue of Cornerstone Magazine

By Jason Hayes, Associate Director, American Coal Council
Editor-in-Chief, American Coal Magazine

Nearly 8.2 billion tonnes of coal were produced globally in 2014.1 Although a great deal of activity occurs around the extraction of coal, a limited amount of land is disturbed during mining compared to total landmass. For example, Natural Resources Canada has estimated that less than 0.01% of Canada’s total landmass was used in metal and mineral mining in over 100 years.2 Similarly, Haigh estimated that mining affected 0.16% of the U.S.landmass from 1940 to 1971.3 However, even if mining affects a relatively small amount of land, its impact can be significant and the extractive industries have an ethical and often legal obligation to return land to productivity. …

Read the full article on the Cornerstone Blog, or you can view the flipbook format of Vol. 3, Issue 4 on the Cornerstone Magazine archive page.

17. December 2015 by Jason Hayes
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