VANCOUVER, Sept. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Today the Chief Financial Officer of
Anglo American's Metallurgical Coal business, Mr Brent Waldron,
presented the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource
Operations for the Government of British Columbia, the Honourable Steve
Thomson with a $2.566 million cheque for the Government of British
Columbia's Peace Northern Caribou Plan in Vancouver, B.C.
This is the largest funding contribution made by a mining company for
caribou mitigation measures under the Peace Northern Caribou Plan and
Mr Waldron said he was proud to personally present the donation on
behalf of Anglo American.
"This contribution comes as part of Anglo American's Trend-Roman
project, an open cut expansion for the Peace River operation near
Tumbler Ridge in north-east British Columbia and represents the
company's commitment to maintaining the highest standards of
environmental protection," Mr Waldron said.
Chief Executive Officer of Anglo American's Metallurgical Coal business,
Mr Seamus French, said the donation demonstrated the high importance
Anglo American has given to the Peace Northern Caribou Plan.
"We understand and respect the caribou's importance to First Nations and
local communities, and we are proud to play a key role in this
environmental management project through our unprecedented securement
of 2,009 hectares of caribou habitat and a financial contribution of
$2.566 million," Mr French said.
On receiving the cheque, Minister Thomson said, "Anglo American's Roman
Mine project is an excellent example of how resource development can be
done in an environmentally responsible and respectful manner."
Anglo American has exceeded the amount of tenure land it previously
committed to protect caribou habitat, which is a first within the
British Columbia mining industry.
"Significantly, we have set aside a total of 2,009 hectares of our
tenure, which represents an area four times the size of the Trend-Roman
project area," Mr French said.
"Just as we have worked with our stakeholders to deliver world-class
environmental management practices, in the months ahead our focus will
be on developing the Trend-Roman project to deliver a solid business in
"The start of mining activities at Roman is an important next step in
our plans to extend the life of our Peace River operations for another
16 years," Mr French said.
Notes to editors:
Anglo American is one of the world's largest mining companies, is
headquartered in the UK and listed on the London and Johannesburg stock
exchanges. Our portfolio of mining businesses meets our customers'
changing needs and spans bulk commodities - iron ore and manganese,
metallurgical coal and thermal coal; base metals and minerals - copper,
nickel, niobium and phosphates; and precious metals and minerals - in
which we are a global leader in both platinum and diamonds. At Anglo
American, we are committed to working together with our stakeholders
- our investors, our partners and our employees - to create sustainable
value that makes a real difference, while upholding the highest
standards of safety and responsibility across all our businesses and
geographies. The company's mining operations, pipeline of growth
projects and exploration activities span southern Africa, South
America, Australia, North America, Asia and Europe.
Image with caption: "Left to right, Brent Waldron, Chief Financial Officer of Anglo American's Metallurgical Coal business; the Honourable Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations with the Government of British Columbia, and Mike Bernier, M.L.A. Peace River South for the Province of British Columbia. (CNW Group/Anglo American)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130918_C8407_PHOTO_EN_31014.jpg
SOURCE: Anglo American
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