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 down-town 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.
Natural Resources Canada, the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and MEND organize the technical program and logistics. Support also comes from the British Columbia Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation (TRCR) and the International Network for Acid Prevention (INAP).
Comments and suggestions regarding interesting case studies, research and field data for future workshops are always welcome!
- Bill Price (CanmetMINING), Kim Bellefontaine (BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources) and Charlene Hogan (MEND)