Does Diamond Mining Hurt the Environment?

While certain sellers of lab-grown diamonds now claim that diamond mining is ecologically damaging, activists say that isn't true of all types of mining., which sells synthetic stones, declares on its Web site that diamond mining creates “environmental devastation” and suggests it be “phased out.” But Ian Smillie, of the nongovernmental organization Partnership Africa Canada, says not all types of mining create environmental hazards. “The newer kimberlite mines have huge environmental assessments and protection in place,” he says. “I am thinking of the ones in the Canadian Arctic, where the ecosystems are fragile. Some environmentalists would like more regulation, but the situation is very closely watched. Someone called the mining there 'an environmental project with some diamond mining on the side.'” He adds: “I suppose the older mines around the

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