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Here is a terrifying thought:  agents of an NGO infiltrate your mining company, gain your confidence, learn your plans, penetrate your secrets, and then a year later put you in the same situation as ex-governor Eliot Spitzer. 

Hard to imagine this happening in the real world: NGOs generally look and act differently from hard-core miners.  (I refrain from specifics!)  But it can happen in the world of virtual reality.  Here is how. 

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David Blades at my take on photography post this photo called Mining Operations on Planet X.  Colorful, but strange.  Maybe that is the  point. 

From what I can tell, this is not a mine, but that is not the point.  Scare tactics is what appears to be at play here.  Much like those reports all over Google on more mines coming closer to your home: 

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Here are some statistics about wages, salaries, and other compensation for United States coal mines in 2007.  The source of my information is CostMine.  They provide so much information that I never could summarize it all or do it justice.  So here and in a more detailed posting at this link, I give you my impressions and my selection of highlights.  You will simply have to get the main volume from them to drill down to your state, region, maybe even mine, and job classification. 

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All due respect to the Juneau Daily Photo for this one called The Hard Rock Miner

Seems it is a tribute to “Juneau’s rich history of hard rock mining.” 

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Nine lives gambled and lost on the dice of three numbers:  900; 1,640; or 4,512.  These are the three dice-numbers that are at the center of Crandall Canyon’s Murray Energy versus Agapito versus MSHA debacle that turned to tragedy. 

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Haul truck, ASARCO mine, Sahuarita, AZ

Originally uploaded by free2camp19

Here is a link to a part of YouTube I will visit only once: umpteen short videos of mining trucks. Kind of dull I thought. But you may enjoy these MTV-type productions if you get a thrill watching big equipment to the strains of old county-western songs.

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A little self-promotion if you will indulge me.  I could, however, claim that this posting is to facilitate you finding information that may be of value to you.  Regardless, I note here that I have just posted at this link a longish piece Acid Rock Drainage Management Plan.   The impetus for this peice came from a dinner discussion and an SME presentation on a promised INAP wiki on the whole of acid rock drainage and management.  They will be a while at their magnus opus, so here is the benefit of individuality and speed.  But never forget that the the Institutes of Justinian, as well as the King James bible were generated by a committee. 

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