Table of Contents
4.1 Basic Elements
4.1.1 Exploration Code of Conduct
4.1.3 Due Diligence
4.1.4 Legislation and Permitting
4.2 Operational Aspects
4.2.1 Community Relations
4.2.2 Contractor Selection and Management
4.2.3 Health and Safety
4.3 Policies and Reporting
4.3.1 Fire Prevention, Policy, and Response
4.3.3 Reviews and Audits
4.3.4 Record Keeping
In its early stages, exploration generally has a low environmental and socioeconomic impact. Consequently, the need for rehabilitation is modest and it is possible to take the steps to remediate a disturbance quickly. As more detailed exploration proceeds, the impacts increase correspondingly, as do the requirements for effective mitigation.
EES encourages a proactive way of looking at the issue of environmental impact - to avoid it in the first instance wherever possible. This proactive approach also encourages taking into account the total cost of a program, rather than just the direct cost of carrying out a particular activity.
Proper planning and consideration may result in new and improved approaches. Asking whether a program will have more or less impact on the natural and social environment may lead to a decision to use different, perhaps newer, technology to achieve the same aim.