The face I make when I see unguarded pie.
- Jan 9, 2011
Canada the biggest salt mine in the whole wide world, right underneath Lake Huron. It keeps a lot of people in Ontario working and paid, especially since manufacturing jobs took a major hit over there recently, so its viewed generally positively. They don't do tours but every now and then a youtube video pops up and it looks pretty rad. There's a little village of work camps down there where people live while they work their shift. I actually just snooped on Indeed and they pay pretty decent for basic positions underground, and they even hire people with my job description. I think I'll accept a slightly lower wage in exchange for seeing the Sun at work though.Given the expressions "working in the salt mines" and "back to the salt mines", I don't think salt mining has a good reputation.
Its becoming a lot more discussed in my neck of the woods. De-icing salt is used a huge amount around here, but there has been a recent push to incorporate more planters and plantlife into city streets. Salt laden snow gets dumped into the boulevards, shoulders and planters each winter, and the salt kills off the plants. People started to notice and suddenly people care. We have new "salt" that won't kill the plant being trialled in some cities, but it does kill the structures, so, y'know, tradeoffs. Keeps me in business at least.It really depends on what criteria you're looking at and how any single operation is going about it's business.
Also helps that the general public can kinda-sorta get the idea of salt-as-a-pollutant when it comes to water but not so much when it comes to land.
I'm really curious to see if this becomes a thing in municipalities across Canada - as far as I know its pretty limited right now, but I've heard there are plans for Env Canada to define salted soil as "contaminated" which would mean it has to be mitigated every time it is encountered by law. That's gonna hurt like a buttcheek on a stick if it goes through, but it would be longterm better for our waterways in exchange for needing to basically strip every municipal road shoulder in Canada.