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Archive for August, 2012

Water Balance Covers for Waste Containment: Principles and Practice by William Albright, Craig Benson, and Joseph Waugh landed on my desk this week.  And a great book it is.  (more…)

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The profit of suppliers to the mining industry is of course tied to the profit of the mining industry.   To invest in the mining industry, you may choose instead to average things out, and invest some in those who supply the mining industry.  How are they faring? (more…)

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Each year, each mining company produces an Annual Report.  Ignore the color pictures of locals, women geologists, heart-rending schools & hospitals built with mining profits, and go instead to the sections headed RISKS. (more…)

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Here is a quote from a report on the web today:

65% of mining professionals surveyed expect raises of over 15% in the next year, with nearly one fifth of survey participants seeking salary increases of over 35%.  Geologists in particular are highly optimistic about short-term remuneration gains, with 39% seeking rises of 25% or more.  The heady optimism of mining professionals with regard to near-term remuneration levels could place further pressure on mining companies already beleaguered by uncertain commodities prices. (more…)

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In early 1983 all was well in the mining consulting world.  We had twenty people busy on a great number of mining projects: exploration; resources; site selection; design; contract documents.  All those things we did back then: no EIS; no social responsibility; no sustainable development; and no closure planning. (more…)

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The kids and grandkids have left to return to California; the bikes are packed away; the towels for swimming washed;  the plastic cups and dishes back on basement shelves; and a near-adult feel returns to the house.  (more…)

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The myth that modern tailings dams are immune to malfunction and failure is evidenced by a series of new reports on the Philex tailings dam.  Here are links and extracts from two of the reports on this facility: (more…)

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