Our Fort Knox operations are a strong example of how long-life mines can sustainably co-exist with ecosystems and nearby populations. After nearly a century of mining activities prior to our 1992 development of the current mine, water quality and fish habitat were seriously undermined by excessive sediment concentrations, uncontrolled run-off and erosion. The development of the new mine created opportunities to fix the damage and restore a habitat where native fish populations could thrive. The reclaimed wetlands area is now home to a vibrant fish hatchery as well as beavers, bald eagles and moose. The fact that such success has been achieved in an area immediately downstream of the mine’s tailings storage facility is indicative of the high level of environmental protection that is central to ongoing operations at Fort Knox.
This video is one of four case study videos produced for our 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report (available in English only).
Read about our strategy for environmental stewardship in the 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report, and the United States’ overall corporate responsibility strategy and performance in its country report (available in English only).