Canadian Malartic Mine manages various monitoring programs that enable it to adapt its practices.
Social monitoring, underway since the spring of 2012, is part of Canadian Malartic Mine’s Human Environment Monitoring Program, which monitors the change in personal connection with the environment, social cohesion dynamics, residents’ physical well-being, perceived vibrations, perceived risks to public health and psychological well-being, the delivery of business and community services in Malartic, and landscape quality. The appropriateness of further monitoring will be assessed jointly with the MSDEFCC, based on monitoring results. This program is a requirement of the Québec Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change (MSDEFCC).
The objective of this program, implemented following conversations with citizens, is to gather data on how Malartic citizens perceive blasting, with the aim of identifying the blasting characteristics that influence their perceptions and, wherever possible, corrective actions or potential mitigation measures.
A two-phase data collection process is followed. During the first phase, which took place over a 14-week period in the summer of 2014, five residences in the Town of Malartic were selected to gather residents’ perceptions. An observer visited each selected residence during blasting in order to collect data on perceptions, and seismograph vibration and noise recordings. After the blasting, the residents and the observer were invited to complete a blasting assessment grid to describe what they felt during the blasting. Sensations were characterized as follows: noise in the house, blasting noise, reaction of those present, and any movement of objects in the house. This initial analysis did not find one or more factors that had a greater impact on perceptions than did others.
Consequently, a second data collection phase has been underway since the fall of 2014 to collect data in several additional residences and businesses. More observers will also be in the town during blasting. The same four criteria will be assessed: blasting noise, vibrations, peoples’ reactions and movement of objects.
In response to concerns raised by citizens, we established a program to analyze the effect of vibrations on homes by examining various aspects, such as structural type of dwelling, soil types, depth of overburden, temperature fluctuation and wave propagation velocity, based on various blasting technical parameters. Canadian Malartic Mine voluntarily established this program whose primary objective is to understand our operations’ potential effects. Four residences in the Town of Malartic were selected as control homes.
The program began in the summer of 2014 and will continue for at least two years in order to ensure that data are collected during all four seasons and to benchmark from one year to the next. Measuring instruments are installed and calibrated by firms that specialize in this field. Data are collected, compiled and analyzed by Canadian Malartic Mine’s team.
Once the data have been collected, they will be analyzed to identify trends in the observations and any necessary adjustments.
We seek to minimize the impact of our activities in the community and to improve our performance. With this in mind, Canadian Malartic Mine’s team undertakes to:
- Evaluate each activity for potential impacts and risks for the natural, human and social environments, with the goal of prevention and protection;
- Design and run its facilities using proven technologies and the most efficient processes;
- Implement and maintain emergency action plans to mitigate effects of unforeseen events; and
- Conduct periodic follow-ups and audits.
In 2009, Canadian Malartic Mine mandated a geophysics firm to pre-inspect structures within a radius of 150 metres from the pit, as well as 32 homes and 12 business locations throughout the town. In 2014, Canadian Malartic Mine mandated the same firm to inspect the same 80 control buildings and provide comparative analysis. The program’s objective is to monitor building condition after our operations. The internal and external building inspections included a description of the condition of walls or other structural elements, as well as visible concrete surfaces. A separate report was drafted for each inspection.
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