The Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide at this link has a publication all prospective miners and mine investors should read. The publication is free to download. I have, and recommend you do so too. The document is Guidebook for Evaluating Mining Project EIAs. It is available in English, Spanish, and French.
Here is how they describe it:
Most countries require an environmental impact assessment (EIA) before giving the green light to a mining project. EIA processes provide a valuable opportunity for citizens to participate in decisions about mines. The problem is, project proponents often submit long, complex EIA documents that are incomprehensible to lay people. We hope this Guidebook for Evaluating Mining Project EIAs will help grassroots advocates and communities understand mining EIAs, identify flaws in mining project plans, convince decision-makers to reject ill-conceived mining projects, and explore ways that proposed mining projects could be made socially and environmentally acceptable. The Guidebook was produced in 2010 by a team of experts at the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW), including ELAW Board Chair Dr. Glenn Miller, Director of the Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences and Health at the University of Nevada at Reno. ELAW has helped partners around the world evaluate dozens of EIAs for proposed mining projects. The Guidebook consolidates what we have learned and points to many critical resources for communities seeking to make their voices heard about proposed mining projects.
The group publishing this document, ELAW, is headquartered in Oregon. Their website is at this link. Their blog is at this link. They are a group of lawyers who take on environmental issues world-wide.
They appear to be active in mining too. Do not get too angry about all this. They are probably innocent enough. And their publication on evaluating mining EIAs is good stuff. It starts out with a brief summary of mining; proceeds to a description of the impacts that mining may have; describes the EIA process; tells you how to review a mining EIA; and concludes by telling you how to be an effective participant in the EIA process.
For the most part the text and figures are good, the tone even, the perspective fair, and the advice sound. If you are charged with preparing or reviewing a mining EIA or equivalent you could well benefit from reading this document. Let me know how you succeed.