This award was created in 1999 as a tribute to Robert E. Leckie, a mining inspector from Mayo, who passed away November 1999.
Robert was an innovator who promoted planned reclamation, research, and cooperation that benefited both government and industry.
The award is presented to worthy recipients for excellence in environmental stewardship, outstanding social responsibility, and leadership and innovation in overall process.
It is presented annually at the Yukon Geoscience Forum to a quartz and placer exploration/mining operation.
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2012 Award Winners
Responsible and Innovative Exploration and Mining Practices: Yukon Zinc
Yukon Zinc Corporation received the inaugural Leckie award for responsible and innovative mining practices. This year, the company succeeded in installing a functioning biochemical water treatment system and enlarging a lined tailings facility. All of these operations were completed responsibly and worked significantly towards lessening the mine’s overall environment impact. Yukon Zinc also conducted on-site heavy equipment operation training, which saw six Yukon First Nation citizens receive certification. It is thought to be the first remote site training of its kind.
Excellence in Environmental Stewardship - Placer: Bardusan
Bardusan Placers Ltd. received the 2012 Leckie award for environmental stewardship - placer at their operation in the Mayo area. The mine operators have used careful mining practices and long-term planning to reduce noise, use less fuel, create fewer settling ponds and systematically prepare their site for timely reclamation back to a natural environmental state.
Excellence in Environmental Stewardship - Quartz: Pitchblack
The 2012 Leckie award for environmental stewardship - quartz was awarded to Pitchblack Resources Ltd. The company went beyond the call of duty by undertaking a comprehensive two-year reclamation plan which involved the clean-up of several sites and material left from historical users of the area. This work included decommissioning and removal of three camps and extensive clean-up of contaminated material at three airstrips on their claims in the Peel region.
Judy St. Amand
Mineral Resources Branch
Energy, Mines and Resources
#400-211 Main Street (Shopper's Plaza)
Box 2703, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 2C6