Which is better: a copper mine or a mine that is a good one?
Posted On July 27, 2021
Posted November 02, 2019 05:22:53 It’s a very common question that comes up whenever I talk to the locals about the Bethlehem Copper Mine in northern Israel.
“It’s a good mine,” is the answer that I hear, or I hear a variation on the same thing.
“A good mine is where the water is clean and where the workers are safe,” is another, or a third.
I can’t help but think of the stories I heard from locals who were trapped in the mine for weeks on end, and how that experience is often repeated by their kids and grandchildren who come across the mines in their neighborhood.
The Bethlehem Copper mine is one of the few remaining gold mines in Israel.
Its existence was made possible in part by a generous gift from the late Canadian mining magnate Harold and Susan Gere, who in 1957 purchased the Bethlehem Steel mine from a German company for $5 million.
In 2008, a $1.8 billion project to mine gold from the mines, known as the Gold Rush, was completed, and it is the only known gold mine in Israel to still be operating.
The Gold Rush project, which involved the construction of three copper mines and the installation of six kilometres of new water infrastructure, cost $25 billion, and was completed in 2036.
The mine was closed in 2009 due to environmental concerns.
Since then, the mine has undergone a variety of environmental remediation and environmental cleanup efforts, with a total of 6,000 tonnes of waste water pumped out of the mine and a total water withdrawal of more than 14 million cubic metres.
In 2020, the Israel Antiquities Authority said that it would start a “reclamation project” of the Bethlehem Mine to reduce the level of sediment, sand and rocks that had accumulated in the surrounding area.
The project is being supervised by a team of about 20 people from the Ministry of Mines and Resources.
The team is now conducting a detailed assessment to determine whether any of the contamination from the Bethlehem mine can be eliminated through remediation or simply cleaned up.
But the process is not over yet.
The environmental impact of the Gold-Rush project is still being evaluated, but in the meantime, Israel’s Ministry of Resources and Mines is working to determine how to make the mine more environmentally-friendly.
According to its website, the ministry is seeking a grant of up to $10 million from the International Monetary Fund to finance the reclamation and cleaning of the site.
The ministry is also working to make improvements in the water flow system at the Bethlehem site.
In a recent survey, Israel was ranked as the worst environmental country in the world for environmental protection.
In the last year, a number of high-profile environmental activists including the director of the United Nations’ Worldwatch Institute, James Hansen, were arrested for protesting in front of the Israel Mining Corporation’s (IMC) headquarters in Jerusalem.
They were protesting the construction and operation of a new tunnel under the Bethlehem area.
After the activists were released, the Israeli government ordered a review of the environmental impact assessment of the proposed tunnel, and this month, the Ministry announced it would make a recommendation to the Ministry’s Environmental Impact Assessment Committee, which includes representatives from the government, the mining industry, environmental groups, and representatives from other civil society groups.
This is the same group that has been involved in the recent protest by environmental activists who were met by a group of soldiers who surrounded them and demanded to know their names and addresses.
The military said they were there to protect the public from the activists, and that the protesters were breaking the law.
After two days of protests, Israeli police arrested four of the activists and charged them with assaulting the soldiers and using excessive force.
The army said it would respond with force if necessary, and warned the protesters not to return to the protest site.
This case is only the latest in a long line of arrests and prosecutions against environmental activists in Israel, where it is illegal to protest on public property.
The country has also been in the spotlight over the past year over the fate of a pipeline that runs from the Carmel Valley to the Sea of Galilee.
The controversial pipeline was built in 2008, but was never completed.
It was built to carry water from the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the sea, but the construction was halted when the Israeli army began to seize land in the area to make way for the pipeline.
The pipeline was eventually cancelled in 2016, but construction resumed in 2017 and the water was finally allowed to flow through the site in 2019.
The construction of the pipeline, which was originally expected to be completed in 2022, was delayed by the Israeli military’s seizure of land in 2018 and construction of a wall around the site was also delayed.
In October 2018, Israel ordered the construction halt of the entire 1,700-kilometre pipeline, but said that this would be lifted once the water supply for the area was restored. The