Yukon-Nevada Gold honoured for site reclamation work
VANCOUVER, BC-Yukon-Nevada Gold is this year's recipient of the Robert E Leckie award for outstanding quartz (hard rock) reclamation practices. The award was presented to company chairman E Lynn Patterson during the Yukon Geoscience Forum late last month in Whitehorse, Yukon. The territory's Energy, Mines and Resources Minster Archie Lang noted that, "These awards acknowledge the efforts by exploration and mining companies, operators and others who go above and beyond the normal call of duty for responsible mining and reclamation." Yukon-Nevada Gold has been operating a year-round exploration drilling program at its wholly-owned Ketza River property near Ross River, Yukon since April 2005. The award reflects the vigorous cleanup program carried out at this previously abandoned site. Reclamation efforts have included: removing waste petroleum contaminants, and chemicals from the site, disposing of six hundred barrels of various substances and over one hundred truck loads of trash. Three waste dump areas established by the previous operator and previously drilled areas have been reclaimed, re-sloped and seeded. Several old buildings and scrap metal have been removed, the mill has been cleaned up and secured, and a new incinerator has replaced the landfill. Bob Leckie, after whom the award was named, was a Mayo mining inspector and an innovator dedicated to developing progressive land use practices for mining.