‘What we are trying to do is remove any possible pollutants,’ says Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers coordinator
Calgary-based mining company Margaux Resources has announced a plan to clean up old tailings sites by using new mining technologies to extract the remaining minerals.
Tailings have long been known to cause environmental damage including loss of animal habitats and contamination of soil, groundwater and waterways.
Margaux has partnered with the Salmo Watershed Sreamkeepers Society — a non-profit engaged in protecting and maintaining the Salmo River in southeastern B.C.— for the remediation project.
“What we have here is an industry leader that is sympathetic and realizes the situation that historic mining efforts have left,” said Gerry Nellestijn, the coordinator of the Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers Society.
Margaux president and CEO Tyler Rice says the benefits are two-fold as the company hopes to profit from the extractions made.
“When this material was mined historically, they didn’t have 100-percent recovery of the elements … with advancements of technology we feel there is an opportunity to potentially extract the materials that weren’t fully recovered,” Rice said.