At Western Mesquite Mines (Mesquite), the health and safety of our employees is of paramount importance. Our safety management systems are the reason for an enviable long-term safety performance record. Continual attention and diligence in observation, inspection and auditing systems helps to ensure compliance and improvement. Our Health and Wellness programs continue to grow in participation, far surpassing regulatory requirements and industry standards.
The Mesquite mine is a long-standing member of the local community, and we strive to maintain our strong reputation while forging new relationships with key decision makers. We have ongoing outreach efforts with the community, and provide informational programs for community organizations, service clubs and schools. We make regular community presentations to maintain a two-way dialogue with our local stakeholders. We remain in regular contact with federal and state regulators, regional mining and mineral enthusiasts, and community-based organizations.
A large Quechan community resides within the mine’s area of influence, and we continue outreach activities intended to build relations and gain trust with a focus on education and health initiatives, including after-school activities for students to promote personal wellness, nutrition and physical exercise.
The New Gold – Mesquite Foundation, a registered non-profit organization initially funded by New Gold to assist the community by funding sustainable community projects, science scholarships and educational programs designed to promote small business longevity and diversification.
Mesquite is committed to conducting our mining activities with a keen eye on environmental protection. We continually monitor our energy consumption and have identified areas for targeted attention and improvement, and are proactively addressing our greenhouse gas emissions to minimize our impact on climate change. To maintain air quality in the arid Imperial Valley, we routinely monitor dust and apply dust-suppression technologies where appropriate to ensure that we remain well below regulatory limits.
We operate a comprehensive recycling program for scrap metal, calibration-check gas cylinders, toner cartridges and batteries, antifreeze, used oil and drained oil filters.
As with all New Gold mines, Mesquite practices progressive reclamation. When a mine, or section of mined land is no longer used for mining we begin progressive reclamation to restore disturbed land as it becomes available.
Mesquite uses cyanide for mineral processing and we practice continual vigilance in its storage, management and use. In 2011, the Mesquite mine was certified under the International Cyanide Management Code (ICMC).