Lead was first discovered by Europeans in 1658 on the shores of Lac Témiscamingue, but gold and silver mines are more common in the region today.  Over thirty different metals and minerals are actively mined in Quebec.
In 2010, the Quebec mining sector
consumed 34,841,940 GJ and
emitted 2,601,023 GHG tonnes.
Oil (71.12%) represents the primary source of energy consumed by the mining sector.  Electricity (27.13%) and natural gas (1.67%) account for the balance.
To learn how oil flows from the ground to a hydraulic shovel's fuel tank, as well as to your own gas tank, click on the blue icons above....