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APPLICATION OF GEO-ENVIRONMENTAL MODELS TO ACCELERATED EIA AND PERMITTING PROCESSES FOR AN ANDEAN PORPHYRY Cu-Au DEPOSIT 1

By Ron L. Schmiermund, M. Cecilia Lazo and Cynthia C. Parnow

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Abstract. Current conditions in the global mining community have dramatically accelerated the quest for bringing projects on line with commensurate pressures being placed on every aspect of the permitting and planning processes. At the same time, the new realities of global communication, coupled with heightened environmental and social awareness, have placed local populations and special interest groups in much stronger positions to participate in those processes. In addition, governments and lending institutions are steadily becoming more sophisticated with respect to environmental and social liabilities while simultaneously wanting to encourage economic development. These competitive and frequently antagonistic interests create a need for efficiency, transparency and clarity in the permitting process and proactive approaches by mining companies. This paper focuses on a Peruvian porphyry Cu-Au deposit with early social issues that prevented access to the property and existing samples needed for waste rock characterization. The EIA application process threatened to stall for lack of related environmental data. The principals of geo-environmental models were used to assimilate published data from analogous deposits in British Columbia and to create a defensible surrogate database to supplement the yetinadequat

Year: 2011
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