The Mining Association of British Columbia

The Mining Association of British Columbia

April 20, 2009 19:17 ET

The Mining Association of British Columbia: 2008 Mining and Sustainability Awards Winners Announced

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 20, 2009) - Absorbent Products Ltd. (APL) and the Upper Similkameen Indian Band (USIB) have jointly received the 2008 Mining and Sustainability Award for their efforts to promote sustainable development in the British Columbia mining sector, announced Pierre Gratton, President and CEO of the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC).

"We congratulate Absorbent Products Ltd. and the Similkameen people for showing leadership in, and commitment to, advancing and promoting sustainable development in our industry and the province of BC," said Pierre Gratton, President & CEO of the Mining Association of BC. "After considering a very competitive slate of candidates for this year's Mining and Sustainability Award, the adjudication committee decided that both of these organizations deserved to be recognized for their different but equally compelling contributions to sustainability in mining."

Absorbent Products Ltd. (APL) is the producer of over 140 branded and private label pet, agricultural and industrial products and has a strong commitment to environmental sustainability. Products created from their Diatomaceous Earth deposit are approved for use in organic production and are sold throughout Canada, the US, Europe and the Middle East. APL takes their reclamation obligations seriously and is ahead of schedule in completing its mine reclamation. Throughout the years the company has improved its processing efficiencies and now uses about 6 per cent less natural gas per tonne and about 10 per cent less electricity in terms of kwh/tonne than in 2002. The company has a large percentage of First Nations employees and enjoys a close working relationship with the Tk'emlups Indian Band.

The other award winner, the Upper Similkameen Indian Band, has taken its members' understanding and vision and applied it to creating and expanding an economic base to allow people to pursue a balance between a traditional and contemporary lifestyle. Renowned as traditional miners and traders of ochre, the USIB have lived through the gold rush, the discovery of the rich mineralization near Hedley, and the end of that wave of mine development in the late 1950s. Their achievements include the preservation of the former Mascot Mine and Tulameen Ochre Bluffs and the development of the Snaza'ist Interpretive Center. Their accomplishments have become a model of success for sustainability in mining in the Province of British Columbia.

The Mining and Sustainability Award is a joint initiative between the MABC and the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and annually honours those committed to advancing and promoting sustainable development in the B.C. mining sector.

The awards will be presented at the Opening Awards Gala Reception, to be held at Terminal City Club, on May 4th in Vancouver as part of BC Mining Week 2009 celebrations. For more information about this event, please visit

Contact Information

  • Mining Association of BC
    Pierre Gratton
    President & CEO
    1.604.681.4321, ext. 120
    1.604.681.5305 (FAX)