by Greg Klein | October 8, 2015
Quebec’s annual mining convention recognized Commerce Resources TSXV:CCE for its work on the Ashram rare earths deposit on October 7. The company received the e3 Plus Award for responsible exploration from l’Association de l’exploration minière du Québec at Xplor 2015 in Montreal.
The award recognizes the exploration company that best represents social, environmental, and health and safety standards set by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. PDAC determined eight basic principles as follows:
- Adopt responsible governance and management
- Apply ethical business practices
- Respect human rights
- Commit to project due diligence and risk assessment
- Engage host communities and other affected and interested parties
- Contribute to community development and social well-being
- Protect the environment
- Safeguard the health and safety of workers and the local population
Commerce president Chris Grove thanked Dahrouge Geological Consulting and Roche Ltd “for their leading role in advancing the e3 Plus initiative throughout the ongoing pre-feasibility study.”
Calling Ashram “a unique and valuable asset, as much to the local communities as it is to the company,” Grove added, “We remain committed to developing the Ashram project through to production in a socially and environmentally responsible manner following the principles and guidelines as provided for in the e3 Plus framework.”
Community engagement plays an important role in the company’s pre-feas studies and has included roundtable discussions and site visits with Inuit representatives. Commerce has also been reporting successful drill results from the field and metallurgical progress at a mini-pilot plant in Colorado. In addition the company holds the Blue River tantalum-niobium deposit in British Columbia, which reached the preliminary economic assessment stage in 2011.
Xplor 2015 hosted over 1,500 people and nearly 180 businesses during the two-day event at Montreal’s Place Bonaventure. AEMQ’s membership represents 2,500 individuals and over 325 corporations in the mining sector.