Meet Randall Hennigar - Environmental Monitor, Blackwater Mine
March 18, 2023
Did you know we currently employ two Environmental Monitors at the Blackwater Mine site to represent the environmental interests of Lhoosk'uz Dené and Ulkatcho First Nations? Learn more from Lhoosk'uz Dené member Randall Hennigar about his experience being an Environmental Monitor at our site.
"I've been working at Blackwater Mine since June of 2022. Originally, I started in the summer with fisheries work with contract consultants working through LDN. After the season I was hired for full-time employment as an Environmental Monitor for Artemis.
My duties include, but are not limited to, inspecting equipment for leaks, sampling and logging air quality, sediment and erosion control, noting wildlife sightings, ground water/surface water sampling, responding to and recording any spill incidents and attending daily meetings with supervising staff.
I have also completed an online course for Construction Environmental Monitoring and will be taking part in any further training that is appropriate for my position. In December of 2022 I participated in a Mine Rescue training program, making me a member of the Emergency Response Team (ERT) with training every Sunday.
My team and I are looking forward to future projects such as the new transmission lines, road clearings, wildlife surveys, vegetation sampling, fish spawning, salvaging, and offsetting along with archaeological tours.
Working in the environmental department at Blackwater has given me different employment experiences, and I have high hopes in setting an example to see other LDN members seeking an opportunity to pursue any potential career paths that they may be interested in or have not yet discovered."