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Archive for July, 2011

One of the privileges of being Canadian and American is that we can ask the question: What is ethical mining?  Forget those trite old questions about sustainable mining and responsible mining!  One of the privileges of being South African and a blogger is that we can answer the question: What is ethical mining? (more…)

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Let us return to the CostMine 2011 Survey results of Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits.  Let us take a look at some salaries of those who work in Canadian mines.   Here are the salaries and bonus for salaried staff at one Canadian Mine (first number is in $ per year; second number is bonus as a percent of salary)  (more…)

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A great idea, but hard to do practically.  I refer to the practice called Co-Disposal of tailings and waste rock.   Mike Gowan, a principal of Golder Associates in Brisbane is probably the expert.  Here is a link to one of his few publications on the topic.  It is best to download and save the PowerPoint presentation,  rather than try to open directly from the source.  (more…)

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Here is a conundrum to ponder.  In the posting from yesterday (see posting below this one,) I write of why Vancouver has so many Junior Mining Companies.  Here is part of a private email I received from some-body commenting on what I wrote.  The author of the comment wishes to remain unnamed: (more…)

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A professor from far away came today to ask why Vancouver has so many junior mining companies.  I had not hitherto pondered this question.  We ate, walked, and talked; and here are some of the possible answers we formulated. (more…)

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A direct flight from Vancouver to Anchorage.  Then a direct flight over 1,000 miles to Nome.  A short drive up through misty green country with views of bison beneath the still windmills and hence to a mine that is not in production.  A sad and sorry sight.  (more…)

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Yesterday and today I worked on compilation of a Roadmap for a mining client.  A Roadmap is defined by Wikipedia as: 

A technology roadmap is a plan that matches short-term and long-term goals with specific technology solutions to help meet those goals.[1] It is a plan that applies to a new product or process, or to an emerging technology.[2] Developing a roadmap has three major uses.[3] It helps reach a consensus about a set of needs and the technologies required to satisfy those needs; it provides a mechanism to help forecast technology developments and it provides a framework to help plan and coordinate technology developments. (more…)

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As I sit at home looking after four grandkids and simultaneously getting mining work done, I give thanks for the Wii and XBox 360.  They are excellent babysitters.  At least for the three boys.  (more…)

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Summer burns on.  Mining clients are demanding.  Meetings are planned and we must prepare for them.  Reports are requested and we must write them. (more…)

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From the CostMine 2011 Survey of Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages, and Benefits, here are some average hourly wages.  For selected job categories, I provide three numbers.  The first is the average on Canadian metal mines; the second on industrial mineral mines; and the third is on fossil fuel mines.  (more…)

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