The Diavik Mine ought to be a model for mining operations in the North West Territories. This mine has large wind turbines to provide electric power for mine operations. The result is that GHG emissions from the Mine have fallen by 6%, reducing the need for diesel fuel (the source of these emissions) by 5 million litres.
For Our Grandchildren (4RG) has been told that the Mine owners will amortize the large costs of this wind farm in a matter of years. So shouldn’t this be the standard demanded from all other new mines that are to be opened in the NWT? And shouldn’t it be a matter of policy to see that wind becomes the source of power for all aboriginal and northern communities and resource operations?