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Drummond Opens its Doors to Students from the Benito Ramos Trespalacios Vocational-Technical School in La Loma, Cesar

La Loma, November 11, 2016

Students in their final year at the Benito Ramos Trespalacios Vocational-technical School

Students in their final year at the Benito Ramos Trespalacios Vocational-technical School

Drummond Ltd. is committed to training for the country’s professionals and committed to the residents in its area of influence. The Pribbenow Mine facilities hosted students in their final year at Benito Ramos Trespalacios Vocational-Technical School in La Loma, Cesar. The students were able to take a close look at the mining operation, see how the company works to mitigate the environmental impacts generated by coal mining, and learn about the company’s community projects.

The students learned about Drummond’s different social programs in its areas of influence, such as the improvement and expansion of the educational infrastructure, increasing nutrition for children, and making improvements in neighboring towns, including paving roads and improving public spaces.

Yajaira Tarifa Martinez, a student at the Benito Ramos Trespalacios Vocational-Technical School, shared her perception of the company: “Everything really looks good. I had no idea the kinds of standards Drummond has. Being here I’ve learned a bit more. It has given me ideas for choosing a major at college. For example, I’m thinking about studying Environmental and Sanitary Engineering.”

Fray Orozco, Environmental Engineer

Fray Orozco, Environmental Engineer

Fray Orozco, Supervisor of the Environmental Department, taught the students about important subjects such as managing environment licenses, restoring landscapes, and the replanting that takes place in those areas, in addition to the techniques used to compensate and protect plants and animals at the Mine.

With respect to the company’s environmental management, Luis Padilla, a Natural Sciences Professor and coordinator of this group of young people, highlights how important it was for them to visit the Mine facilities: “I think it’s magnificent, because the young people here today are students who are going to graduate as technicians in environmental management. To see the whole open-pit mining process up close is a very practical way for them to observe everything that takes place in mining.”

Questions that the students had regarding water resources and waste product management, control of emissions on roads, comprehensive management of the coal yards, and air quality, were also cleared up.

“Now that they have explained things to us somewhat in depth I realized that they have controls and parameters that they can’t exceed, so now I have a different point of view about the Pribbenow Mine,” expressed Libardo Jimenez, a student in his final year of high school, studying environmental management.

 

The presentation continued from the Overlook at Ramp 7 and the El Paujil reservoir, where Justo Barros, Industrial Safety Supervisor, and Freinys Fragozo, Environmental Engineer, showed the students the company’s mining designs, and the plans for mitigation in relation to environmental variables and the prevention of negative impacts.