Excellence in environmental performance at Gibraltar as recognized by the Mining & Sustainability and Metal Mine Reclamation Awards
Water, Land, Energy,and Air Quality Management Protocols
Comprehensive Environmental Reporting
Jake McDonald Mine Reclamation Award
The Gibraltar Mine was awarded with the prestigious Jake McDonald Annual Award for Metal Mine Reclamation from the British Columbia Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation on September 23rd, 2020. The award recognized Gibraltar’s outstanding achievement in mine reclamation and indigenous collaboration.
The Jake McDonald Annual Mine Reclamation Award was presented to Taseko’s Gibraltar Mine for its programs centered on collaborative research. “The company was able to demonstrate innovation in techniques and in research that expand on insight into lesser studied ecological communities in reclamation,” noted awards subcommittee chair Tim Antill. “In addition, the company has demonstrated a collaborative approach with the local Indigenous community that pairs both traditional and scientific knowledge and communication.” One area in which Gibraltar is being recognized is for is its research and programs related to the structural development of soil microbial communities, research that builds off the 45 years of reclamation at Gibraltar and includes partners including BCIT, Simon Fraser University and Mitacs. In addition, the company has demonstrated a collaborative approach with local Indigenous communities that pairs traditional and scientific knowledge and communication through the Fraser River Salmon Sampling Program, a partnership with Xatśūll First Nation and Northern Shuswap Tribal Council to assess the safety of eating fish caught at traditional sites.
Mining & Sustainability Award
On July 12th, 2014 the Mining Association of BC and the Province of British Columbia awarded Taseko-Gibraltar with the Mining & Sustainability award for 2013 at a community event in Williams Lake. The event, attended by Taseko-Gibraltar employees, members of the Williams Lake Indian Band, the Aboriginal Mentoring and Training Association, local government representatives, community supports and many others, celebrated the accomplishments of Taseko-Gibraltar since the Gibraltar Mine restarted in 2004.
Metal Mine Reclamation Award
In September 2012, Gibraltar was recognized for its large-scale reclamation projects and progressive reclamation research trials with the Metal Mine Reclamation Award for Metal Mine Reclamation from the British Columbia Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation. Projects included a joint initiative with the Ministry of Forests for a pine tree establishment research program, research using biosolids from Metro Vancouver and wood chips to reclaim the tailings areas, and, the establishment of a pilot wetland to monitor the capabilities in treating tailings.
Gibraltar Mine undertakes comprehensive water and air monitoring procedures that includes regular monitoring of approximately 165 sampling sites across the property. Samples are analyzed by an independent and provincially accredited laboratory based in Vancouver and resultsare reported to the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines on a quarterly and annual basis.