PAINTEARTH MINE, ALBERTA
The 6,226-hectare Paintearth Mine, located near Forestburg, Central Alberta, has moved into reclamation mode after supplying up to 3 million tonnes annually of production to the Battle River Generating Station over more than six decades.
The first mine in Alberta to obtain reclamation certification for restored land after mining and the recipient of numerous national awards for safety, winning the prestigious 2019 John T. Ryan Award from the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum for notable achievements in safe production.
Paintearth is currently the site of a project in cooperation with Alberta Innovates, EPCOR Water Services and environmental consulting firm SYLVIS. The initiative employs municipal organic waste from Edmonton to replenish soil and thereby demonstrate the potential of fast-growing willow as a sustainable biomass/green energy feedstock.