Committed to minimizing our environmental impact
Our priority is to minimize potential impacts from our operations on the local environment. That is why we are making best practice environmental management and protection procedures a standard part of our daily activities across our projects and our business.
In an effort to restart mining at Tent Mountain, environmental studies and monitoring has been ongoing at the Tent Mountain Mine since 2017. Baseline studies provide a thorough understanding of the existing environmental conditions of the mine site and surrounding area. Montem plans to leverage the existing environmental studies and monitoring at Tent Mountain to fast track the development of the TM-REX.
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 our projects at Tent Mountain.
Historical information from the previous mining operations at Tent Mountain is helping shape the current mine design. The new mine will not differ significantly from the mine that ceased operations in 1983, although mining will employ modern equipment and techniques. At the completion of operations the mine will be fully reclaimed, reshaped and rehabilitated to a natural state.
Effective environmental management is at the core of our business
We understand that our mining 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 development planning, we have implemented a water monitoring program for both groundwater and surface water. The water systems in the area of our projects are complex, and it is essential to understand the environmental and technical issues or constraints that may affect 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 area of Tent Mountain with systems such as the Crowsnest Creek and its tributaries.