Rio Tinto up for eco-excellence gong

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

Rio Tinto has been named a fin-alist in this year’s Golden Gecko Awards for the protection of Pilbara flora and fauna.

The mining giant has been nominated in the category of environmental excellence for its Protection of northern quolls from introduced predators project and its Venturi reverse circulation drilling waste removal system.

A Rio Tinto spokesman said the company was proud to be recognised for its commitment to developing environmental management plans in the Pilbara.

“Community engagement forms a core part of how Rio Tinto operates and is a key pillar of our sustainable development approach,” he said.

“The introduced predator control program demonstrates this by engaging a number of volunteers from the community to be involved with the fieldwork aspects of setting up and demobilising camera arrays and monitoring the northern quolls.”

When mining its Yandicooginaand Oxbow projects, Rio Tinto developed a threatened species offset plan with the then-Department of Parks and Wildlife to improve ecological conditions for the northern quolls in the Pilbara. The Venturi reverse circulation drilling waste removal system was developed to remove safety hazards associated with reverse circulation drilling

Protection and rehabilitation are the focus of the five projects vying for the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s prestigious Golden Gecko Award for environmental excellence.

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