The British Columbia MEND ML/ARD Workshop was created to address the limited long-term operating experience for most ML/ARD prediction and mitigation measures and the need for a cost-effective technical forum where operational challenges and field-scale results can be presented and discussed. Each year the workshop invites leading practitioners and researchers from BC, Canada and abroad to share their results and knowledge and provide fresh insight into how the tool box of technologies and practices to address ML/ARD issues can be improved and expanded upon. Strengths of the workshop include constructive dialogue between people from differing communities of interest and the open sharing of information.
The event takes place in downtown Vancouver. Prior to 2011, each conference addressed a single topic (e.g., prediction 1996, 2000, 2003), risk assessment (1998), underwater disposal (1999; 2001), dry covers (2000, 2004, 2009), treatment (2002, 2007, 2010), tailings (2008) and mine workings (2006). In recent years, multiple topics have been discussed each year. Many of the presentations are case studies, and First Nations and local community groups have the opportunity to provide their perspective.
A number of organizations and individuals are thanked for their assistance with the workshop. The workshop is co-hosted by the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (BC MEMPR) and CanmetMINING of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). Support is also provided by the BC Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation. Support is provided to student volunteers and the Mine Environment Neutral Drainage (MEND) Program and ICARD. Travel expenses for the students came from the revenue from the 2011 ICARD in Ottawa.
Comments and suggestions regarding interesting case studies, research and field data for future workshops are always welcome!
Bill Price (CanmetMINING) and Sean Shaw (BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources)