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Rummaging through old papers this weekend, I came across a short hand-written piece that I penned in 1982.  I repeat it here with no edits.  This piece is interesting in light of the muddle made by the Alberta ERCB in demanding an oil sand tailings strength of 10 kPa so that the deposit can be trafficked for reclamation.  10 kPa is simply not enough to support even puny equipment.  The ERCB could have avoided a great deal of fuss & bother if only they had consulted others. (more…)

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Soon after the fall of the Berlin wall, we descended on Wismut, East Germany with proposals to help them cleanup the old uranium mines, mills, and tailings impoundments that the Russians left behind.  The large American consulting firm that I was working for at the time, believed that with our UMTRA Project experience, we were well-suited for the work.  So too did a small Canadian consulting company.  (more…)

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Alternative titles for this posting include:

  • Free Gaul; All Romans Out
  • Abandon the Alter and Flee the Native Land
  • Canadian Mining Imperialism (more…)

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Today was cold, mainly as a result of last night’s snow which left a wet slush on the sidewalks of the townhouse complex.  I trudged through the slush to dispose of garbage in the common shed from which it is collected at irregular intervals.   Lying in the shed was a yellowed copy of an old paperback with the provocative title Is Sex Necessary? (more…)

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The quantity of information that is needed to make rationale mining investment decisions is immense.   It is near impossible to read all the daily emails or go to all the conferences and meetings on mining that have as their ultimate gold-goal the provision of advice to help you make profitable mining investment decisions.  Now there is one more source of information; and I venture that it is a good and useful one. (more…)

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Growing up in South Africa, we ate a great deal of mutton.  It was cheap & available.  I knew nothing of steak and salmon until I got to Vancouver, where salmon is cheap & available.  Yet I still long for the gamey taste of mutton.  I found it once in Mexican Hat in the Navajo region of New Mexico and Colorado.  But no luck here in Vancouver.  Although the local ethnic food-court down the road serves a fine lamb cutlet with rice, cooked by the Greek owners.   Enjoying a good plate of rice and lamb yesterday, I wondered about New Zealand mining. (more…)

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On the right-hand side of this posting is my blog-roll.  Here I list all the blogs that I have found that are true blogs or reasonable facsimiles of a blog about mining.  I have just added a new one to the list.  It is called Beyond Borders.  It is run by Barrick and subtitled Responsible Mining At Barrick Gold Corporation(more…)

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A short note to share with you a site that I came across today.  Here is the link to the procedings of the First International Seminar on Social Responsibility in Mining held in Santiago, Chile in October 2011.  I have not had time to download and look at all of the PowerPoint presentations.  Those I did look at leave me wanting to go back and look at more, for there were many interesting topics adressed.  Although as always it boils down to getting the locals on your side by whatever reasonable and ethical means you can.   Factor in the expense as part of the cost of doing buisiness.   (more…)

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     Seldom on a Sunday is there a good book about mining to read.  Today I hit the jackpot.  I read Understanding Mining Around the Quadrilatero Ferrifero.  A formidable title, but an easy and pleasant read.   Three authors are listed: Paulo Tarso Amorim Castro; Herminio Arias Nalini Junior; and Hernani Mota De Lima.  (more…)

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In a word, the Met’s new opera The Enchanted Island is enchanting.  We saw it today on the big screen at the Coquitlam movie house.  The audience gasped and clapped in emotional response.  I am almost convinced that watching opera in a comfortable movie house, at reasonable price, and with popcorn at interval, is the best way to listen and see; so close up that all the acting is right in front of you.  I could never afford tickets to sit close enough in the opera house to enjoy the acting.  And the sound is overwhelming.  Plus the audience is immediate and grateful. (more…)

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