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.
2016 Award Winners
Responsible and Innovative Exploration and Mining Practices - BMC Minerals (No.1) Ltd.
BMC Minerals (No.1) Ltd. (BMC) is the owner and operator of the Kudz Ze Kayah (KZK) project, situated approximately 125 km southeast of Ross River, Yukon. BMC assumed control of KZK in 2014 and has been actively reclaiming disturbances and liabilities, as well as legacy disturbances and liabilities left by previous operators.
BMC’s approach to mineral exploration sets them apart from the rest of the industry. Their commitment to meeting and exceeding best management practices and guidelines helps to minimize environmental impact and maximize socio-economic benefits for local communities.
BMC has mitigated exploration impacts through minimizing trail construction and maximizing sediment control, utilizing advanced drill cuttings management systems, preventing metal leaching and acid drainage, prioritizing reclamation, monitoring wildlife and invasive plant species, and diligent waste management. BMC’s demonstrated commitment at such an early stage is testament to what can and will be achieved at the KZK project in the future.
Excellence in Environmental Stewardship (Quartz) - Klondike Gold Corp.
Klondike Gold Corporation (KGC) has been operating in the Eldorado and Upper Bonanza valleys in the Dawson mining district, under various management since the 1980s.
The current management assumed control of KGC in 2014. Since then, the company has been actively reclaiming disturbances and liabilities, including legacy disturbances and liabilities left by previous operators.
The list of debris and structures removed by KGC is extensive and includes: buildings, tent frames, fuel tanks, a ball mill, holding tanks, scrap metal, woody debris, and numerous pallet-loads of sundry refuse. In 2016, KGC focused on reclaiming the Hunker Dome trench and moved approximately half a million tonnes of material to create new contours and landform features.
KGC has demonstrated clear leadership in reclamation and is seen by industry as raising the bar with their practices.
Excellence in Environmental Stewardship (Placer)- HC Mining Ltd.
Henderson Creek has had a long and varied mining history. Historically it was an active creek that supported dredging operations in the 1940s and 50s; before the switch to dozer and excavator mining. Throughout this period, the area saw a succession of owners until Hayden Cowan acquired much of it through his company HC Mining Ltd. in the late 1990s.
HC Mining Ltd. has mined several locations on the Henderson Creek watershed since 2000, including Henderson Creek, North Henderson Creek and Moosehorn Creek.
HC Mining Ltd. begins reclaiming areas where mining has been completed as soon as possible, and every finished site has been fully reclaimed. The method of reclamation is to contour the ground into low-relief piles covered with overburden and organics. Most of the areas mined by HC Mining Ltd. are rapidly being overgrown with new tree growth. This nomination recognizes that Mr. Cowan has completed a significant amount of reclamation, and that the timeliness and finished results are commendable.
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