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Spent today working as a hard-working consultant to the oil sands mining industry.  The industry is always short of qualified staff.  And the jobs are demanding and well-paid.  The challenges are immense as the issues are new, unique, and fun to address.  As I cannot write about what is did and what I do (I have signed a confidentiality agreement), here is a job description from  a headhunters who tried to recruit me recently and who and been told by some silent admirer that I could do the job.  I do not know if the job is taken, but if you are interested, call around. (more…)

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Growing up on the East Geduld Mine, a gold mine at the far east end of the South African Witwatersrand, we often went to play around the slimes dams and the pools of orange, green, and blue waters that dotted the landscape.   Our parent forbade us to go there, for there were stories of kids sliding into pools, drowning, or worse, being entombed in collapsing caverns in the slimes dams.  But that made our adventures all the more exciting. (more…)

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Rummaging around in old papers this past week, I came across the yellowing paper of a type-writer-typed paper from 1982.   I think I went to Edmonton to present the paper at the 4th Open Pit Operators Conference.    I vaguely recall a small city perched on the edge of a river—not at all like the city now that it has spread across vast swaths of open country that was once field and nature. (more…)

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In the last week of May, folk will gather at this conference:  Remediation of Uranium Mining and Processing Sites – Sustainability and Long Term Aspects.   This is the part of the story that I know: (more…)

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Obama is being criticized for not “sufficiently celebrating Easter.”  With Easter Monday almost safely over, let me comment on his in-actions and my actions over Easter. (more…)

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   Being Easter Sunday, it is appropriate to post a piece about religion.  Here is an edited version of something I wrote many years ago along with all the comments the original piece elicited. (more…)

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Capriccio is the final opera by Richard Strauss.    He wrote it during the Second World War.  How, you ask, could he write this light piece during terrible times? (more…)

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Sometimes tailings dam fail because of the poor quality of the construction.  Sometimes mine geowaste facilities fail because of poor design.  On the basis of today’s events, I conclude that they may fail because of poor concepts, poor understanding of the theory, and plain simple incompetence.  (more…)

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Hyperbole and inflation in advertizing to the mining industry is an expected standard.  But the prose posted on the web about Neil Jagger reaches new heights of cloying adulation.  This would be forgivable were the prose precise and readable; but when the grammar is suspect and the intent even more suspect, we can but sit back and laugh.  (more…)

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