Environmentally responsible exploration
U3O8 Corp. is committed to exploration in an environmentally responsible manner with practices that minimize our footprint and engage the community in joint stewardship of the environment.
Minimizing Environmental Footprint During Exploration
Moving man-portable drill rigs
We use modular rigs whose components are
man-portable, so access to drill sites in Colombia
is by path instead of road that minimizes forest
clearing and associated erosion risk. The advantage
is that we have cleared only 50 cubic metres of
wood – significantly less than the 225 cubic metres
allowed under the drill permit.
Control of soil erosion with local bamboo
Steep sections of the access paths to the drill
sites and drainage channels that control runoff
from the paths are lined with bamboo, purchased
from local farmers, to minimize soil erosion.
This photo shows erosion control in an area
affected by a local landslip.
Aerial transport system
An aerial cable system has been installed in the Berlin
Project in Colombia to transport personnel and
equipment to reduce the number of paths
that need to be made between platforms.
Restoration of exploration areas
Trenches in Colombia are hand-dug and refilled
as soon as the exploration work has been completed.
Trench sites and drill platforms are then replanted
with native species typical of the surrounding
vegetation. Photo above is a drill pad replanted
with pasture grass.
An inventory of native plants has been catalogued and these species are being
propagated in U3O8 Corp’s tree nursery for replanting in our exploration sites
as well as in other areas where reforestation is recommended.
Monitoring water quality
Water quality is monitored throughout drilling with
samples taken before the rig arrives on site, others
taken during drilling and water quality continues
to be monitored after drilling at each site.
Waste management program
Waste from our exploration camp and drill sites
is appropriately collected, separated, stored and
disposed. Organic waste is composted, certain
materials and batteries collected for recycling and
non-recyclable waste is delivered to the municipality’s
prescribed waste facility. Lubricants and additives
used in drilling are biodegradable. Drill water is
recycled, then filtered to remove possible contaminants
before release back into the environment.
Community Environmental Projects
Improving potable water quality
In the Berlin Project in Colombia, land has been
purchased in the headwaters of the stream that
supplies a community’s potable water. Since we
purchased that strategic land, the removal of
livestock and reforestation with selected native
species has led to a marked increase
in water quality.
School environment project
Members of the community and school children
review environmental initiatives undertaken by
U3O8 Corp., such as reforestation and erosion
control, as a means of education about
environmental care. School children have helped
reforest some areas and have planted seeds
in the indigenous tree nursery.
Compost and vermiculture projects
A program of composting organic waste using earthworms has been implemented.
The compost is used for vegetable gardens and the worms are used to feed
fish (tilapia) in ponds.