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Archive for August, 2011

The most unusual news item today is that the Taliban has announced its support for mining the country.  That is mining as in mineral extraction from the ground, not blowing up everybody.  The Taliban says it will wait for all foreigners to leave the country before it fully supports mining.  (more…)

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The field trip for the USSD conference on dam break analysis applied to tailings dams was to the Henderson Mine TSF.  We owe a vote of thanks to the USSD and those who manage and operate the Henderson TSF for making it possible for us to visit the mine and the tailings impoundment. (more…)

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I stoop to swearing to write about the Holday Inn at 3333 Quebec Street in Denver Colorado.  In summary they are guilty of false advertizing.  My advice is to never stay here and probably avoid Holiday Inn nationwide if this one hotel is an example.  (more…)

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Denver and the USSD Workshop on Dam Break Analysis Applied to Tailings Dams.  In the past two days, we have heard many fine presentations on the evaluation of what happens when a tailings dam breaks, fails, or otherwise allows water and tailings to flow out. (more…)

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The following blog posting at this link has nothing to do with mining—or has it?   Today I heard an advert on the radio in which Syncrude, one of the big two oil sands companies, noted that they are the largest employer of aboriginal peoples in Canada.   Syncrude has made many rich, but it has also provided work and opportunity for many who would otherwise be dirt poor.   They do it out of commercial best interest, but still they do it.

On which a short note to pay tribute to Jack Layton who died today.  I may not agree with his party’s policies, but he was a great man and his passing is a true Canadian loss.   We will never know what he may have done to benefit Canadian mining and the countries where Canadian companies mine.  But I believe that he would have acted wisely and would have been a prudent man, upholding Canadian ethics.  (more…)

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The folk in mining that I most admire are the people who run their own junior mining company.  To start, persevere, and succeed as a Junior Mining Company executive or employee takes a ruggedness and individuality which few of us possess.  You need nerves of steel to weather the ups and downs of the market, of skittish investors, and the vagaries of drilling to confirm an ore body.  (more…)

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The news this week has been mainly bad: more crashing stock markets, more idiotic statements from Republican hopefuls, more countries seizing the mines of the country.   The saddest part is that the only idea Republican hopefuls have about resuscitating mining in the US is to abolish the EPA and treat companies like individuals.  (more…)

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