Mining Facts courtesy of the BC Mining Association

The BC mining industry reported phenomenal net earnings of $1.8 billion in 2005 compared with reported net earnings of $871 million in 2004. Source: PricewaterhouseCoopers 2005 Mining Report

The mining industry in BC generated gross revenues of $6.3 billion in 2005. Source: PricewaterhouseCoopers 2005 Mining Report

The mining sector in BC employs some 28,000 people directly and indirectly. The average number of people directly employed by the mining industry increased to 7,071 during 2005. Source: PricewaterhouseCoopers 2005 Mining Report

Mining is the safest heavy industry in BC. In 2005 the worker injury

rate was 1.9 per 100,000 man hours worked. Source: WorkSafe BC

There are 24 mining projects in BC currently under environmental review or in the permitting process.

Source: Government of British Columbia

Mine reclamation is a fundamental part of the mining life cycle in British Columbia. The Technical & Research Committee on Reclamation (TRCR) has been dedicated to excellence in mine reclamation in B.C. since 1977. Source:

http://www.trcr.bc.ca/

Actual land usage for a mine is extremely small relative to the area explored ? less than 28,000 hectares are currently being used by mining which is less than 0.03% of BC?s total land base.

Source: Government of British Columbia