New B.C. Project to Study Environmental Effects of Gold Mining
Bralorne Gold Mines Ltd. (“Bralorne Gold”) and Canada’s New Government are collaborating on a new project in southwestern British Columbia to help develop better environmental standards for extracting gold deposits.
The project, entitled “Assessing and Reducing Risks from Metals in the Environment” is focused on developing a geoenvironmental model for a specific class of gold deposits.
“The results of this project will be used to minimize environmental impacts not only at this proposed mine site, but also at similar gold mines across Canada and around the world,” said the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources. “It is an excellent example of our government’s commitment to working with industry to improve the health of Canadians and our environment”.
Bralorne Gold welcomes the results of the study. “Our board and management are pleased to be embarking on this project with the Government of Canada,” said Bralorne Gold president Bill Kocken. “We’re committed to environmental stewardship, and we welcome any data that helps us improve our environmental activities at Bralorne.”
A geoenvironmental approach combines knowledge of geological, geochemical, hydrogeological, and geophysical characteristics of a specific type of ore deposit. The goal of the project is to reduce the risks of gold mining on ecosystems and human health. The new geoenvironmental model will seek to characterize the processes controlling the release, transport and bio-accessibility of metals from mine wastes and drainage waters.
The project will take place at the historic Bralorne and Pioneer mine sites in southwestern British Columbia, along with other mineralized areas in the Cadwallader Creek drainage basin. The joint effort will provide a blueprint for the environmental assessment of similar gold deposits in other parts of Canada.
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