Heclas mining fatigue is hurting mining companies in Nova Scotia, and there are signs that it is getting worse.
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers said it was “further concerned” by the findings from its annual report.
The report found that Heclams mining has lost more than 30 per cent of its staff over the past year.
That is a decline of more than 70,000 people in just a couple of years, the report said.
It said that Hekla, which is about 90 kilometres north of Halifax, had lost 40 per cent, while the Heklamah mine in the neighbouring town of Derry has lost 35 per cent.
The mines have struggled to stay afloat because of the high cost of natural gas and the difficulty of finding new jobs.
There has been a dramatic drop in production for the last two years, as the company has struggled to find new revenue streams.
The association said it is concerned about the impact that the loss of staff and the inability to find a replacement for them is having on the economy.
It also said that the downturn in natural gas production in Nova Scotias region has had a significant impact on the price of the commodity, which has also affected the price the industry pays.