Environmental Incidents and Regulatory Compliance

New Gold sites must internally report and rank notable environmental events regardless of their regulatory significance. All New Gold sites strive to comply with all relevant environmental laws and regulations. We work with the appropriate government agencies, partners and key communities of interest in an effort to ensure that our activities meet or exceed their requirements.

As part of the New Gold Environmental Management Standards, Incident Reporting Guidelines were developed to ensure that appropriate reporting, investigation, level of control and response is applied to any incident. It also categorizes incidents consistently across all jurisdictions by identifying those events that are significant to New Gold, independent of local regulations.

Should any incidents occur, we are committed to prompt response, reporting and remedial measures to prevent or minimize environmental or community impacts. We also ensure that all our sites are prepared and equipped to handle emergencies. A crisis management simulation is regularly performed for each site, which includes a simulated environmental incident, to ensure the sites’ readiness to address the incident and to communicate with internal and external parties. All-incident reporting is encouraged as a key factor in monitoring and management for continuous improvement through investigation, key learnings and resulting actions.

Performance in 2014

One notable incident occurred at Cerro San Pedro, involving a release of process material from the site resulting from an extreme storm event. Approximately 6,000 litres of process water and several tonnes of sediment left the property, collecting along a road ditch and in two livestock water ponds close to the mine site. There were no permanent impacts to the environment as the necessary actions were taken including immediate clean-up, and reporting to the communities and regulatory agencies. Several important actions resulted from the investigation of this incident, which will strengthen our systems and reduce the possibility of recurrence.

No significant fines or non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations were issued to New Gold sites in 2014.