Table 3.8
Mineral extraction waste from select mining industries, 2001 and 2008

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Mineral extraction waste from select mining industries, 2001 and 2008

Table summary
This table displays the results of mineral extraction waste from select mining industries 2001, 2008 and 2001 to 2008, calculated using millions of tonnes and percent change units of measure (appearing as column headers).

  2001 2008 2001 to 2008
  millions of tonnes percent change
Total 720 1,118 55
Gold mining and processing 73 79 8
Miscellaneous metal mines, mining
and processing
178 249 40
Iron mining and processing 71 107 51
Miscellaneous non-metals mining
and processing, including salt, gypsum, potash asbestos
34 38 12
Oilsands mining and processing
308 547 78
Oilsands mining and processing
(fine tailings)
55 98 78
Mineral extraction wastes include waste rock and overburden, rejected mineral ores and mine tailings. Figures may not add up to totals due to rounding.
Government of Alberta, 2009, Environmental Management of Alberta's Oil Sands, (accessed May 23, 2012). Government of Alberta, 2011, talk about oil sands, (accessed October 7, 2011). Energy Resources Conservation Boards, 2008, ST98-2008: Alberta's Energy Reserves 2007 and Supply/Demand Outlook 2008-2017 , (accessed October 24, 2011). Natural Resources Canada, Annual Census of Mines, Quarries and Sandpits, 2008. Statistics Canada, Environment Accounts and Statistics Division, 2011, special tabulation.
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