Mine Environment Neutral Drainage Steering Committee – ENGO Member
Term of service: 2 years, from April 2009 to April 2011
The RCEN Mining Caucus has selected one ENGO delegate to join the Mine Environment Neutral Drainage (MEND) Steering Committee. This delegate will join a second active ENGO delegate on this Committee and will take on a 2-year alternating term.
Selected ENGO Delegate:
- John Werring, David Suzuki Foundation, BC (will join Maya Stano, Sierra Club BC chapter, the current active ENGO delegate to this committee)
- 1st Alternate: Ramsey Hart, MiningWatch Canada, ON
- 2nd Alternate: Lindy Clubb, Mixedwood Forest Society, MB
The Steering Committee meets face-to-face on average once per year in conjunction with the MEND Annual Meeting in December. There are several teleconferences per year. Member expertise is requested at times for the review of technical research proposals and final reports.
This research program, for issues relating to Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) and Metals Leaching (ML) at mine sites has been operational since 1989. While the mandate of MEND in the first decade was driven by industry’s need to find a solution to the AMD challenge, a more inclusive model of shared goals and long-term requirements has become the ruling principle. Another very important aspect of MEND remains technology transfer, with annual conferences scheduled to share information and knowledge from research and/or operational experience.
The MEND organization is comprised of representatives from government, industry and ENGOs (through CEN) within a framework of affiliations and the MEND Steering Committee working group. Recently academics have also participated within MEND workshops.
While MEND is focused upon technological issues, there has been more opportunity to address environmental priorities for research projects, to challenge industry/consultant assumptions, and to assess the integrity of the research.