Reclamation is an important part of our operations now, even while we are still mining. Dominion Diamond understands the importance of reclaiming mine sites so that they can be returned to a viable northern environment at the end of operations. The goal of reclamation is to keep the site safe for human and wildlife use.
Long-term reclamation plans are in place, to prepare for the eventual closure of the Ekati mine. The idea is to “clean up as we go,” which is referred to as progressive reclamation. Dominion Diamond is committed to working with community groups on the planning of future reclamation projects at the mine site.
Our overall plan is to have numerous projects in place such as contouring country rock piles to create safe access routes for caribou, creating new fish habitats, and conducting re-vegetation studies (see case study). In 2016, reclamation work at the Ekati mine was focused on ongoing vegetation research, topsoil salvage and reclamation of the Koala underground workings.