Societies rely on mining, minerals and metals to function. Nearly everything in the built environment – from buildings to roads to computers and trains – contains materials extracted from the Earth’s surface.
Mining is a complex and intensive process that causes environmental and social change no matter where it occurs. Mining-related disruptions impact the physical environment (through, for instance, loss of habitat and contamination of surface and ground waters) and local communities (through, for instance, displacement of livelihoods and cultural impacts).
Although some degree of disturbance is inevitable even in the best-managed mines, and in some cases ‘no mining’ may be the best option, we believe that most negative social and environmental impacts are avoidable if companies operate according to the best possible standards. Elements of such responsible mining practices include:
As reported in the July 30, 2014 Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bc-approves-53-billion-copper-gold-ksm-mine/article19869086/:
“The British Columbia government has granted environmental approval for a proposed $5.3-billion mine in the province’s north, which would tap into one of the largest gold and copper deposits in the world and has already received support from local First Nations. The provincial environment and mines ministers issued an environmental assessment certificate Wednesday to Seabridge Gold Inc. for the company’s KSM project, also known as Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell. Seabridge has applied to open the project more than 900 kilometres northwest of Vancouver, where the company says it would be able to mine 38.2 million ounces of gold and almost 5 billion kilograms of copper – enough to produce 130,000 tonnes of ore per day for up to 52 years. The company says the project would create 1,800 jobs during construction and more than 1,000 permanent jobs if it gets up and running, though Seabridge also notes it still must find a partner to fund and actually build the mine.”
Taseko Mines Ltd. proposes the development of a high volume open pit gold-copper mine to be located 125 km southwest of Williams Lake, BC. In addition to the mine and associated tailings and waste rock areas, the project includes an onsite mill, an approximately 125 km long power transmission line corridor and an access road. Please see this executive summary for more information: http://newprosperityproject.ca/wp-content/themes/prosperity/images/executive-summary.pdf
We support responsible mining and mining projects, which reduce the environmental impact from habitat loss and pollution during all stages of mine development. Exploration, mining projects and operations generate jobs and prosperity in local communities.