A good example of a community relations plan as any I have come across is that for the Rawhide Mine in Nevada. This plan sets out what will be done from 2006 to 2010 at the now closed mine, but the approach and level of detail is an example that could well be emulated for any planned or operating mine. Here is the link to the plan.

Very briefly, here are the main sections of the plan:

  • Purpose
  • Scope
  • History
  • Local Environment
  • Business Context
  • Host Communities
  • Plan Year 2005 – Major Accomplishments
  • Plan Years 2006 to 2010
  • Projected Budgetary Expenditures 2006 – 2010
  • Sustainable Development
  • Cultural Property

The sustainable development plan is to use the mine’s open pit as a landfill – see http://ndep.nv.gov/bwm/rawhide.htm . I like this approach, having noted in many of my writings that this is so logical a use of the pit and so economical a way to fill the hole, although I was in a heated argument some evenings ago about filling the Palabora open pit with landfill material. The alternative of turning the pit into a lake was favored by some and denigrated by others. Regardless, it is worth reading their Social and Environmental Report as another good example.