Golder Recognized for First-of-its-Kind Bat Friendly Rehabilitation Project

ONTARIO, CANADA – Golder has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Tom Peters Memorial Mine Reclamation Award for the progressive rehabilitation of the historic century-old Edison Mine in northern Ontario. Awarded by the Canadian Land Reclamation Association and the Ontario Mining Association, Golder is pleased to have been recognized for outstanding achievement in closure practices at the annual Ontario Mine Reclamation Symposium.

With the legacy workings of the Edison mine serving as bat hibernacula for species at risk, traditional rehabilitation measures didn’t suffice. Golder’s engineers, biologists and subcontractors designed and constructed new bat friendly structures that would both protect the public’s safety while maintaining access for the bats.

“This was a challenging project in that the Mining Act of Ontario does not provide specific requirements for bat friendly progressive rehabilitation,” said Paul Palmer, Principal at Golder. “We’re pleased to have developed an innovative bat cupola and bat gate solution, the first of its kind in Ontario, that not only satisfied regulatory requirements in safely remediating these legacy hazards, but more importantly, protects the hibernacula of these species at risk.”

Golder’s Project Manager Josip Balaban thanks Eaton for initiating this project, “The collaboration with Eaton, the ministries and our subcontractors resulted in a successful outcome for all stakeholders. Together, we overcame the significant logistical challenges and safely executed the project without incident.”

More information about the Award can be found at Ontario Mining Association or Canadian Land Reclamation Association.

About Golder
Renowned for technical excellence, Golder is a leading, global employee-owned engineering and consulting firm with over a half century of successful service to its clients. With over 165 offices in over 30 countries, Golder’s 6,500 professionals are driven by a passion to deliver results, offering unique specialized skills to address the ever-evolving challenges that earth, environment and energy present to clients across the infrastructure, mining, oil and gas, manufacturing and power sectors. Golder is not just a place to work, it is a promise of a living, dynamic environment where people collaborate, innovate, build enduring relationships, excel, and grow professionally in a strong culture of ownership.

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