Applying the WABSI’s Ecological Completion Criteria Framework

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Applying the WABSI’s Ecological Completion Criteria Framework Ecological completion criteria serve as essential benchmarks that guide and define the success of rehabilitation efforts at mine sites, ensuring that the post-closure ecosystem is site-specific and practically achievable. Establishing customized and well-defined ecological completion criteria reinforces responsible mining practices and demonstrates a commitment to long-term environmental stewardship. Developing ecological completion criteria is … Read More

Embracing the Circular Economy Approach in Mine Closure Planning

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Embracing the Circular Economy Approach in Mine Closure Planning The mining industry is currently confronted with both opportunities and challenges due to the increasing global demand for critical minerals and metals necessary to produce low-carbon technologies such as batteries and solar panels (Canada’s Critical Minerals Strategy, 2022). Simultaneously, the industry must respond to rising expectations from stakeholders and affected communities … Read More

Emissions Reduction and Mine Affected Lands

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Emissions Reduction and Mine Affected Lands Mining operations can have a permanent impact on the landscape. Mining frequently results in landscape impacts including open pits, mine rock piles, tailings storage facilities, and surface opening or adits for underground mining and mine shafts. When planning for closure, these features are often treated as liabilities, with efforts made to remove or eliminate them. For example, a common practice is to push mine rock … Read More

Yukon Mine Closure – New Minerals Legislation

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Yukon Mine Closure – New Minerals Legislation The Yukon government is currently considering changes to legislation that governs mining operations in the territory, and one of the key areas of focus is reclamation and closure. At Okane Consultants, we specialize in providing expert advice and services on mine reclamation and closure planning. We believe that sustainable mining practices require comprehensive … Read More

Do NI 43-101 Disclosures Adequately Address Closure Liability?

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Do NI 43-101 Disclosures Adequately Address Closure Liability? When preparing technical reports following Form 43-101F, any discussion of mine closure risks and liabilities are traditionally limited to item 20, and minimally addressed in item 22; the section that includes the economic analysis of the project. As a result, projects focus economic analysis solely on the extractive development value of the … Read More

How to Identify the Best Returning Land Use Strategy

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How to Identify the Best Returning Land Use Strategy A returning land use objective is a strategic goal for returning mined land to a functional state post-closure. When done effectively, returning land use objectives are identified early in the mine lifecycle to drive the activities required to support: Ecological restoration, The return of land access to Traditional land owners/communities in … Read More

COP-15’s New Biodiversity Framework and Integrated Mine Planning

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COP-15’s New Biodiversity Framework and Integrated Mine Planning In December 2022, Parties to the UN Convention on Biodiversity met to advance global action to address ongoing nature loss. This meeting culminated in the adoption of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. This framework consists of a list of goals meant to halt, and reverse biodiversity loss to achieve a nature positive … Read More

Dust Management Strategies for Tailings Storage Facilities

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Dust Management Strategies for Tailings Storage Facilities What Type of Tailings Facilities are More Prone to Dust Problems? Tailings storage facilities (TSF) are used to store mined rock that has been processed into a slurry form during mining operations. Tailings material stored in TSF’s that are partially saturated — meaning there is a mixture of air and water in the … Read More

Integrating Mine Closure and Operations is Good for the Mine, the Environment, and the Community: Here’s Why

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Mine Closure in Western Australia Anyone looking to prospect, explore or extract minerals in Western Australia must submit a mining proposal that describes how they will identify, evaluate and manage the environmental impacts of their proposal. This approvals process is overseen by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation & Safety (DMIRS) and the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). All proposals need … Read More

Carbon Sequestration Potential of Tailings and Mined Rock

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Carbon Sequestration Potential of Tailings and Mined Rock In 2015, world leaders reached an agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris to help slow the effects of climate change. This is now known as the Paris Agreement. The goal of the Paris agreement is to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius, and preferably to 1.5 degrees … Read More