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Minimizing environmental impacts of field operations in mineral exploration

Friday, March 2, 2018
Room 803B
Organizer: Bill Mercer, Avalon Advanced Materials Inc.
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Minimizing environmental impacts of field operations in mineral exploration SOLD OUT

The objective of this course is to assist exploration companies in minimizing the impact of their field operations on the environment and laying down foundations for acquiring a “social license to operate” from local communities, government agencies and other stakeholders, as well as to reduce costs and add value. Using parts of the environmental toolkit from PDAC’s e3 Plus: A Framework for Responsible Exploration, and drawing on the expertise of a number of experienced practitioners, the course will emphasize the practical aspects of operating in the field. Attendees will receive a thorough overview on identifying potential environmental impacts, and mitigation and management measures associated with exploration field operations. The Short Course Health and safety in mineral exploration is separate but complimentary.

The main topics relating to mineral exploration’s impact on the environment from the point of view of an active mineral exploration program will be covered, including camp construction and management, access trails and roads, water resources, waste management, drilling activities (including cuttings containment and disposal), management of hazardous materials (including fuel, proximity to and impact on bodies of water and streams), noise and wildlife management, regulatory considerations, and supporting governance for drill programs. While some aspects of community engagement related to environmental stewardship will be referred to, community relations will not be the focus of this course. A “how-to” course for those starting out in their exploration careers and for more experienced people who want to update their knowledge, participants could include geologists, diamond drillers, camp operators, from Canada and abroad.

Bill Mercer, Avalon Advanced Materials Inc.
Dennis Jones, PDAC CSR Committee Chair
David Brown, Golder Associates Ltd.
Tim Bremner, Foraco Canada Ltd.
Mark Wiseman, Avalon Advanced Materials Inc.


Some knowledge of e3 Plus (available free-of-charge at would be helpful but not essential.

Includes course material, continental breakfast and lunch

Member $56.99  SOLD OUT
Non-Member $169.99  SOLD OUT

PDAC is pleased to offer this course at a special rate as part of
the association’s ongoing leadership in CSR and its commitment
to improving responsible exploration.
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