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Here is a comment on a previous posting on this blog about the failure of tailings impoundments: (more…)

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Environmental disaster looms in after tailings failure

Barely another day, and another failure of a tailings dam.  And a slew of denials and lies from those responsible.  Here is part of the longest report I can find on the incident: (more…)

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About 45 miles west of Cedar Rapids, Iowa is Keystone. It is a small farming town set in the midst of corn and soya bean fields.  There are silos reaching for the sky, a few dilapidated stores, the remnants of a railway line, and many quaint Victorian houses.   Head south-west about three miles through the fields and past the farm houses, one per forty acres, and there on a rise left by a retreating glacier is the ugliest house in the county.  (more…)

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Mike Davies is the pre-eminent tailings engineer of present times.  He and his team in Vancouver can solve any tailings challenge your mine may face.  He and his team at AMEC are the best of the best.  They have not paid me to say this; I write, as always, on the basis of personal opinion & conviction. (more…)

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This report should be mandatory reading for all in the mining industry.  If you are a Democrat you will believe it, and believe something should be done—particularly a change in the law and more enforcement of lax and dishonest mine operators.  If you are a Republican, you will ignore it, attack it, and say lives are secondary to employment.  Both are sort sighted and mean perspectives.  (more…)

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A beautiful sunny Vancouver day.  Perfect to be outside and demonstrating.  I was walking with two mining clients from coffee to the hotel as we encountered a noisy parade.  Here are some photos from the parade.  A raggle-taggle band of protestors in colorful clothes demonstrating about Goldcorp and the Marlin Mine.  Not much more need be said, for they have nothing new or insightful to say either.  (more…)

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All professors brag about the one lucky student who gets a job offer with a six-figure salary.  This is a medal proudly worn by the bragging academic.  Gives him/her status amongst peers, and the opportunity to recruit more students, the essential currency of teaching. (more…)

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Is it possible to loose money mining gold?  Nobody wants to loose money mining gold.  In the sphere of lose journalism, it is possible to loose money mining gold.  Here is a part of one report on a company that “lost” money mining gold. (more…)

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ONAwards Kaufmann HDL 1 411

The first act of Wagner’s Walkure is, in my opinion, the best of his operas; the best scene; the best music; the best emotion; the best of the best.  Second best is the second act.  This is gut wrenching emotion and gut wrenching music.  Even in a local movie house in Coquitlam, BC.  (more…)

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Here is a picture of a mining disaster waiting to happen.  This is a mine in Australia that is shut down because too much rain has filled their tailings impoundment and they appear to have no facilities to treat water hence to release it.  (more…)

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