https://www.miningweekly.com
Environment|Gold|Mining|PROJECT|Waste|Environmental|Waste
Environment|Gold|Mining|PROJECT|Waste|Environmental|Waste
environment|gold|mining|project|waste-company|environmental|waste

Salares Norte project section temporarily put on hold to ensure chinchilla protection

A chinchilla

A chinchilla

20th May 2024

By: Darren Parker

Creamer Media Contributing Editor Online

     

Font size: - +

NYSE- and JSE-listed Gold Fields has announced that its Salares Norte project, in Chile, has received an urgent and transitionary measure (MUT) from Chile’s Superintendence of Environment (SMA).

The MUT orders the immediate suspension of dismantling Rocky Area No 3, located at the North waste dump of the mine. This rocky area is one of the areas that had been identified as a possible location of the chinchillas present on the Salares Norte property.

Golds Fields said at the weekend that the temporary suspension of dismantling Rocky Area No 3 was not affecting mining activities or production at Salares Norte and, therefore, the guidance of 220 000 oz to 240 000 oz gold-equivalent for 2024 remains unchanged.

In line with the chinchilla capture and relocation plan approved in the environmental permit and the compliance programme approved by the SMA, Rocky Area No 3 had been monitored extensively for the presence of chinchillas.

After the two mandatory monitoring campaigns and two additional monitoring campaigns, totalling three months of extensive monitoring, there were only partial records of chinchillas passing through the area, which Gold Fields said constituted verifiable evidence of the non-existence of active chinchilla in Rocky Area No 3.

The dismantling process, by a team of internal and external environmental experts, then started in accordance with the SMA’s approved compliance programme.

The SMA has now requested, in the MUT, that Gold Fields cease the dismantling of Rocky Area 3 and that it submit complementary information consisting of the endoscopic probe search and night camera recordings, to further ensure the absence of chinchillas in Rocky Area No 3.

The team is compiling the required information, which will be submitted to the SMA in the next few days for review. Once satisfied, the SMA can give authorisation to lift the suspension, which will allow Salares Norte to continue with dismantling Rocky Area No 3, under the parameters established in the compliance programme.

Gold Fields said it was working in collaboration with the SMA and independent environmental experts in carrying out the capture and relocation plan for the chinchillas.

Edited by Chanel de Bruyn
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online

Comments

Showroom

Weir Minerals Africa and Middle East
Weir Minerals Africa and Middle East

Weir Minerals Europe, Middle East and Africa is a global supplier of excellent minerals solutions, including pumps, valves, hydrocyclones,...

VISIT SHOWROOM 
Weir Minerals Africa and Middle East
Weir Minerals Africa and Middle East

Weir Minerals Europe, Middle East and Africa is a global supplier of excellent minerals solutions, including pumps, valves, hydrocyclones,...

VISIT SHOWROOM 

Latest Multimedia

sponsored by

Option 1 (equivalent of R125 a month):

Receive a weekly copy of Creamer Media's Engineering News & Mining Weekly magazine
(print copy for those in South Africa and e-magazine for those outside of South Africa)
Receive daily email newsletters
Access to full search results
Access archive of magazine back copies
Access to Projects in Progress
Access to ONE Research Report of your choice in PDF format

Option 2 (equivalent of R375 a month):

All benefits from Option 1
PLUS
Access to Creamer Media's Research Channel Africa for ALL Research Reports, in PDF format, on various industrial and mining sectors including Electricity; Water; Energy Transition; Hydrogen; Roads, Rail and Ports; Coal; Gold; Platinum; Battery Metals; etc.

Already a subscriber?

Forgotten your password?

MAGAZINE & ONLINE

SUBSCRIBE

RESEARCH CHANNEL AFRICA

SUBSCRIBE

CORPORATE PACKAGES

CLICK FOR A QUOTATION







sq:0.154 0.186s - 93pq - 2rq
1:
1: United States
Subscribe Now
2: United States
2: