Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

2021 Annual Metal Leaching/Acid Rock Drainage Field School

Monday August 16, 2021  - Friday August 20, 2021

The Old Church - Smithers, BC

Registration Information

Participants on the waitlist are being contacted in order with an opportunity to register for the 2021 course. Those unable to attend this year will be kept on the waitlist in their spots.

Course Description

The course objectives are to increase understanding of metal leaching and acid rock drainage by showing participants the tools, procedures and design requirements; providing an overview of the underlying science and vocabulary; and presenting examples of best practices. A unique feature of this course is that it allows students to see firsthand how ML/ARD test work is conducted and mitigation plans are developed, and the challenges that are encountered. Much of the course time is spent touring mines in the northwest BC area, including GoldCorp’s Equity Silver mine, Imperial’s Huckleberry mine, Glencore's Bell mine, and Silver Standard’s Duthie mine. Students will hear from leading practitioners whose experience is the basis for much of industry-wide best practices.

Participants are shown ML/ARD from the industry, regulatory and public perspective, and see the evolution in present ML/ARD thinking and practices. As part of its closure plan in 1994, Bell was one of the first mines to conduct a comprehensive ML/ARD prediction program and is a great site to discuss the management of different mine components. Equity Silver uses flooding, soil covers and drainage treatment to prevent off-site impacts and has perhaps the best long-term monitoring record of any mine. Huckleberry was the first mine site to make comprehensive ARD prediction and prevention an integral part of the mine plan throughout its mine life. The Duthie Mine operated in the 1920s and 1950s and illustrates many of the challenges in remediating a historic mine.

Who should take the course?

This course is designed for anyone involved with ML/ARD and recommended to industry, regulating agencies, consulting companies, First Nations, and community groups. The knowledge provided can be used to better design and manage ML/ARD programs, ask the right questions at the right time, review results, regulate mines, conduct research, evaluate risks, and assist employees that conduct this work.


Dr. Bill Price is the primary instructor and course organizer. Bill is the author of Guidelines for Metal Leaching and Acid Rock Drainage at Mine Sites in British Columbia (Price and Errington, 1998) and Prediction Manual of Drainage Chemistry from Sulphidic Geologic Materials (Price, 2009), which are documents used extensively in Canada and worldwide. Bill will contribute generic technical ML/ARD information, a regulatory perspective, and site-specific knowledge of the mines.

Mike Aziz & Cody Meints lead the Equity Mine tour. Mike is the Equity site manager, but also manages closure at a number of other mines. Mike has authored numerous papers and reports on different aspects of Equity’s ML/ARD mitigation program.

Shane Flynn will be our host for the tour of the Huckleberry Mine.

Dr. Kevin Morin will lead the tour of the Bell Mine. One of Canada’s foremost experts on ML/ARD, Kevin has worked as a consultant for many major mines and mining companies and has published widely on ML/ARD, including a compendium of case studies and the ground-breaking prediction program at the Bell Mine.

Glenda Ferris is an environmental activist who has received several awards for her work. Glenda lives directly downstream of the Equity Mine and will present a community perspective on the challenge of ML/ARD.

Course Information

Dates: August 16 - 20, 2021

Location: Smithers, BC, Canada

Venue: The Old Church

Cost: $1950.00 per person

Mine Tours (subject to availability):

  • Bell Mine
  • Huckleberry Mine
  • Equity Mine
  • Duthie Mine

A schedule will be provided on the first day of the course. Transportation to the mine sites will be provided.

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Spots are strictly limited to 30 participants.

For more information contact:

Bulkley Valley Research Centre
3731 1st Avenue, Box 4274
Smithers, BC, Canada, V0J 2N0

Phone: 250-847-2827
E-mail: info@bvcentre.ca