Respecting the Environment

Environmental stewardship is an imperative shared across the organization. Through sound environmental practices, we strive to minimize any harmful effects from our activities and maximize the restoration of the ecosystem progressively and once mining ends.

DMA: Environmental

As a mining company, we are aware that our activities have an environmental impact. Our job is to constantly challenge ourselves to prevent if possible – or otherwise minimize, mitigate and remediate – these effects. In addition to complying with all applicable laws and regulations, we strive to create a culture that promotes excellence in environmental performance where every employee works toward our mission: Getting it Right. We see it as essential to maintaining community support for our business, securing regulatory approvals and protecting our shared environment.

Our Environmental Policy sets out our standards and practices, and reiterates our commitment to collaboration and continuous communication with interested parties, including our employees, contractors, government ministries, local communities and Aboriginal groups.

Environmental Protection


Environmental protection expenditures are directed to areas such as environmental monitoring, waste management and disposal, emissions reduction and reclamation. These expenditures are considered an integral part of Detour Gold’s ongoing operating costs and capital expenditure programs at our sites. Environmental protection expenditures for 2016 were $48.6 million (operational and capital expenditures). Most of the costs were associated with the construction and design of the tailings management area.


There were no significant fines or sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations in 2016.

2017 Goals

2017 Goal How We’re Going to Get It Right
Manage our Water Balance

Since our first year of operation in 2013, we have managed our water inventory to maximize recycling and maintain a zero discharge condition. As our footprint grows and we collect more water, 2017 will be the first year we discharge naturally occurring water.

Our environment and engineering teams are working diligently to ensure we are compliant with the strict guidelines in our permits and we protect the receiving environment. Our goal is to discharge 1 million m3 from our inventory in 2017.

  • Segregate water sources into two separate areas:
    • Water that has been used in our process plant will continue to be recycled through our tailings management area.
    • Water from rainfall and snowmelt that is collected in the pit or from the mine rock stockpiles will be either used in the process plant or discharged to the environment. This naturally occurring water meets our strict discharge permit limits.
  • This recycling and reuse approach has two advantages: it reduces both the demand for water from surface or groundwater sources, and the need for treatment to address potential impacts on the receiving environment.
Improve our Environmental Management System

As our operation grows and matures, so do our management systems. In 2017, we will continue advancing the implementation of components of our environmental management system (EMS) which will support our journey to zero harm.

  • Develop a workplan to become ISO 14001 certified in the future.
Create GHG and Energy Targets

We have developed a comprehensive five-year energy management plan that sets out clear goals and objectives to help minimize risk and maximize conservation opportunities associated with our energy consumption. 2017 marks the starting point for this plan.

  • Hire an energy manager, who will be responsible for implementing our energy management plan.
  • Update our energy baseline data to ensure we are working with the most accurate and current information.
  • Develop and participate in a management energy workshop to set direction and clear, measurable targets.
  • Seek opportunities and develop business cases for short-, medium- and long-term energy management, paying special attention to areas where we can reduce consumption.
Manage Waste Effectively

In an average week, we house roughly 400 employees at our permanent camp. To reduce the amount of waste created, Aramark, our camp services partner, is currently transitioning to a "Wipe out Waste" program, and has been doing preliminary waste tracking.

Current estimates are that each camp kitchen staff will produce roughly 30-35kg of organic waste per day (for food preparation) and together, we are looking for ways to reduce this number.

  • Raise employee and contractor awareness through regular tool box talks and other communications activities.
  • Conduct weekly environmental audits.
  • Report to management on waste segregation success.
  • Identify potential corrective actions or opportunities for improvement.