A brief update on the Bellavista Heap Leach Pad. You may recall that is the “failing” heap leach pad in Costa Rica. I have added a number of new photos of the failing pad to my longer, more technical writings on the pad at this link.
These photos show a considerable increase in the movement and slope instability of the conrner that first gave warning of problems via cracking. Not that there is any legal obligation on the company to tell us what is happening–they have already announced mine abandonment. But you would have though that the Costa Rican authorities would like to know what is happening?
I cannot believe that everybody in authority in the mining company and the country is just going to sit back and await what appears to be the inevitable based on the new pictures I post: namely a continued down-hill slide of the heap leach pad and the hill-side materials themselves; until the whole mixed and mangled mess of natural hillside soil, heap leach pad materials, liners, crushed metal from destroyed buildings, chemicals, et al. are at the bottom of the hill waiting to be swept off site by the next good rainfall.
That won’t be an act of God. That will be conscious act of omission in the face of the obvious.