Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for November, 2009

     

Monday morning is the time to review your mining investments.  The question I will consider this week is: Should I invest in Rio Tinto because they are members of the United States Climate Action Partnership?  Here are some of my background thoughts on this investment decision.   (more…)

Read Full Post »

     

Last night, Friday, I went to a dinner party with the upper crust of the mining community in Vancouver.  My small Civic cowed out of sight amongst the BMWs and other large cars that hogged the impressive driveway up a steep incline to an imposing house tucked away high in the hills of West Vancouver.  (more…)

Read Full Post »

    The bill that may determine the future of Canadian mining is called the Corporate Accountability of Mining, Oil and Gas Corporations in Developing Countries—Bill C-300 for short.   (more…)

Read Full Post »

Most people like to talk about the benefits of sustainable mining.  Seldom, however, do we see a concrete report on successful sustainable mining.  By way of quick admission: I am a sceptic of the concept and have frequently written critical blog postings on the abuse and mis-use of the term.  Let me, then, take a different approach in what follows.

What is say here is bolstered by what I and a number of friends wrote in papers presented at the Banff Conference Tailings and Mine Waste ’09.  At this link are the PowerPoint presentations.  At the following links are copies of some of the actual papers: (more…)

Read Full Post »

              

If you go to the TETRA TECH website you will find that they have about 10,000 staff.  Mike Henderson, the VP Mining with TETRA TECH told me that about 2,700 work for the mining industry.   (more…)

Read Full Post »

             

Spent today tidying up a new course for EduMine.  And listening over and over again to Callas singing Norma—can there possible be a more sublime opera?  I already have five courses on EduMine, that site devoted to self-paced learning on topics in mining.  They are: (more…)

Read Full Post »

   Last night I strode through the rain to the Hyatt Hotel where the BC branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) held their annual students dinner and talk.  The foyer was crowded with students drinking and laughing with old folk in the mining industry—the sound bouncing off the plaster and paint of the walls was so terrible that I fled to a quiet bar nearby.  (more…)

Read Full Post »

    Is the Canadian mining industry loosing the battle of public opinion, and if so, why?

This question is prompted by the news that the president of the Alberta Enterprise Group said “the Alberta government and energy industry must step up their listless defence of the oilsands and better fund their PR battle against environmental groups.”

Meanwhile two hundred delegates convene in Montreal to push for Canadian Federal legislation that would make Canadian mining companies report on their human rights activities in foreign countries.   Mineweb reports that the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada “has urged the foreign Affairs and International Development Committee of the House of Commons to reject the bill they say would harm Canada’s mineral industry and its reputation in less developed nations.”  (more…)

Read Full Post »

   Let me continue on the topic of the recent conference in Banff on Tailings and Mine Waste.  The theme of this posting (as dictated by my old teacher, every written piece must have a theme) is the infinite variety of folk who are interested in tailings and mine waste.  (more…)

Read Full Post »

   Sally Petaske, David Sego, Moh’d Alostaz, and Nicholas Beier of the University of Alberta Geotechnical Center and Oil Sands Tailings Research Facility deserve accolades for an incredibly well organized and managed conference, namely the Tailings and Mine Waste ’09 Conference recently held in Banff, Alberta.  Without hesitation I record that is it the best organized conference I have ever attended.  Period.  (more…)

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 435 other followers