The village where I live in British Columbia came into being because in 1966 a mine was opened here and started producing twenty-four million pounds of copper, one hundred thirty-six thousands ounces of silver and fifteen thousand ounces of gold annually. The village was built to accommodate the employees of the mine.
However the mine closed in 1992, and the village became a popular retirement and outdoor recreation destination, with moorage slips, picnic areas, parks, a golf course, plentiful hunting and fishing.
That is all about to change. A large mining company is in the last stages of developing plans to mine a deposit that has been found about 29km from here. The mine will be an open pit with an ore production rate of 30,000 tonnes per day or 11 million tonnes of ore per year, producing approximately 155,000 tonnes of concentrate per year containing copper, gold and molybdenum.
The village has very mixed feelings on the subject. The Mayor is overjoyed as the increased revenues will bring money into the coffers. It will probably mean the hotel, which has gone bankrupt twice since we moved here, will be sold again and the restaurant will open also. We might even get more than one. In the heyday of the previous mine there were three restaurants, if that is what you could call them. Dot's Diner, Coyote Jack's Place, and the Mammoth Lodge, named after the mammoth bones found at the pit.
We could see anything from a 1000 to 1500 new faces although where they are all going to live I don't know, as houses that were empty when the last mine closed have all been bought, but I suppose the mine will deal with that, they built this place after all.