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Sustainability and Environment


At Blackwater, we strive to achieve a zero-accident workplace through a strict health and safety program that applies to all operational staff, both contractors and employees.


The Blackwater Project office is in the town of Vanderhoof, which is approximately 110 km from the proposed mine site. The Blackwater Project will be an important direct and indirect contributor to the local and regional economy. We are actively engaged in the communities that encompass the project region and proactively pursue mutually beneficial relationships with the community, local governments and Indigenous groups. We strive to be a full partner in the region by supporting community-building and economic diversification activities through our donation and sponsorship program. New Gold has established a Community Leaders group comprised of elected officials from the Regional Districts and local mayors in the Project region. The group comes together regularly to facilitate communication on the project status and Company updates. In 2012, New Gold established a Community Liaison Committee (CLC), comprised of 14 representatives from around the region to look at ways to maximize the benefits and opportunities to the local region. The CLC continues to function and is proposed to continue through the life of the mine.

Local and regional businesses and contractors have been involved with Blackwater Project work since 2012 and are still involved with the Blackwater Project camp, environmental studies and monitoring, and reclamation of historic land disturbance.

New Gold is also pleased to announce that on April 18, 2019, we entered into a trilateral participation agreement with Lhoosk’uz Dene Nation and Ulkatcho First Nation, the two Indigenous groups whose traditional territories overlap the project’s mine site. Additionally, New Gold continues to work towards finalizing participation agreements with other Indigenous groups.


We are committed to developing the project in a way that respects the environment and the values of Indigenous groups and community members. New Gold minimized the project footprint to reduce potential impacts to key components of the environment, such as water, fish, moose and caribou. In addition, we collaborated with Indigenous groups to propose an alternate transmission line alignment during the environmental assessment to reduce the amount of linear disturbance in the region.

We have collected baseline data for the project area since 2011 to make sure there is a comprehensive understanding about the air, water, fish, and wildlife. This data will be used in the future to track how the company is performing and to inform adaptive management for the project.

To preserve and protect Whitebark Pine trees which are federally designated Species at Risk and grow at the periphery of the proposed mine site, we have hired provincial experts to identify and collect cones for growing seedlings to help re-establish this vulnerable species. Approximately 6,000 Whitebark Pine seedlings have been planted as part of our reclamation program. The project is situated at the periphery of caribou habitat and we have implemented a caribou management plan to minimize interactions with this species.