BRITISH COLUMBIA – The British Columbia Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation (TRCR) has given its latest award for Metal Mine Reclamation to Taseko Mines of Vancouver.
Taseko’s Gibraltar copper-molybdenum mine north of Williams Lake was recognized for its large scale reclamation projects and progressive reclamation research trials. Projects included a joint initiative with the Ministry of Forests for a pine tree establishment research program, research using biosolids from Vancouver and wood chips to reclaim the tailings areas, and the establishment of a pilot wetland to monitor the capabilities in treating tailings.
Russell Hallbauer, president and CEO of Taseko, commented, "A proactive approach to reclamation is a focus at Gibraltar. This award demonstrates the ongoing efforts of our environmental team and illustrates our company's dedication to responsible mining. We would like to also recognize the local Xat'sull First Nations reclamation crew for their work on many of these projects. Their participation helped contribute to the success of Gibraltar's reclamation program."
The British Columbia TRCR is a committee of individuals from mining corporations, associations, and government, including the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, the Ministry of Environment, the Mining Association of British Columbia, the Association of Mineral Exploration BC and British Columbia universities and colleges.