Committed to minimizing our environmental impact
Our priority is to minimize potential impacts from our mining operations on the local environment. That’s why we are making a best practice standard for environmental management and protection part of our daily activities across our projects and our business.
Environmental studies and monitoring are underway at the Tent Mountain mine. Baseline studies provide a thorough understanding of the existing environmental conditions of the mine site and surrounding area.
Studies include air quality, noise assessments, surface and ground water assessments, local vegetation mapping, wildlife studies (including fish and land animals), soils testing and land resource studies. This information will help guide the operation and reclamation of the mine.
Historic information from the previous operations is helping shape the current mine design, which will not differ significantly from the mine that ceased operations in 1983. At the completion of operations the mine will be fully reclaimed, reshaping and rehabilitating the mine site to a natural state.
Effective environmental management is at the core of our business
We understand that our operations will have the potential to create noise and dust. Air quality will be a key consideration and specialized dust management procedures will be used to keep dust levels as low as possible.
Mining has the potential to create noise. Managing noise caused by our operations will be a fundamental consideration.
As part of our exploration and development planning, we have implemented a water monitoring program for both groundwater and surface water. The water systems are complex, and it is essential to understand the environmental and technical issues or constraints to any future operations.
What is water monitoring?
Montem’s water monitoring program looks at both groundwater and surface water.
Groundwater is water that collects or flows under the earth’s surface, filling the porous spaces in soil, sediment, and rocks. Groundwater in the Crowsnest Pass generally originates from rainfall and snowfall, which then replenishes the local aquifers.
Surface water is water that collects on the ground or in a stream, river, lake, wetland, or ocean; it is related to water collecting as groundwater or atmospheric water. This water is characterized in the local area with systems such as the Crowsnest Creek and tributaries.