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Below is a report that hit my email inbox today.  I repeat in full, not because mines are the main culprit, but because mines are probably NOT the main culprit.  This report is a sobering reminder that dry-cleaners, car-battery recyclers, old military bases, and jails are also major contaminators.  Yet so little is written or done about them—it is not a very sexy topic–so much easier to excoriate mining. Not that Giant, Faro, and a few other old mines are going to be cheap to cleanup. (more…)

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Constructing covers over mining wastes at sites in cold climates involves consideration of these factors that are unique to cold climates: (more…)

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Today’s defeat of separationists and essentially racialist nationalists in Quebec is to be welcomed.  Even more so as today at the Cold Covers conference in Whistler two young engineers from Quebec were the bright stars of events.  They will be leaders in the future in all Canada in solving the issues of mine closure. (more…)

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I cannot resist repeating this email.  It is an irresistible call to mining duty.  If only I were younger or less committed to family & work—I would do it immediately.  This is the email I received today: (more…)

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Here above is a photo taken today by a colleague.  It shows a sky-sculpture above the Vancouver conference center.  Appears the sky phenomena is to advertise the TED conference.  Attendance costs a mere $5,300 or so. (more…)

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Here from this link, a few observations on the bad & good of mining—at least in Australia: (more…)

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In his book The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance, Henry Petroski tells at length of early graphite mining and its impact on the development of the pencil.  From what I recall, for many years there was but one deposit in England that produce graphite of the right quality to produce workable pencils.  As one reviewer of the book writes: (more…)

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I have some “I am sorries” to say.   I do this publically here as it gives me the opportunity to convey interesting information that may interest you. This is a story of the perils of blogging: no deep research before penning a posting.  And the dangers of just writing too much, too fast, for too many friends who lean on me to produce text for their websites. (more…)

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We met as usual at the movie house on Schoolhouse Road to watch the MET live broadcast–today it was Borodin’s opera Prince Igor, a tale of a 12th century Russian prince who looses his men and honor in war against the Polovetsians.  “Is it possible that 100 years after the start of the Great War, yet another great European war is beginning?” (more…)

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Hitherto I have refrained from commenting on the controversy swirling around Taseko’s BC New Prosperity Mine.  A number of reasons for avoiding a blog posting on the topic.  First, I know nothing of the issues—I did take up Taseko’s offer to interview their engineers, but never got a reply to my email taking up their offer. Second, I work with a guy who has a cabin in the area and hence a definitive opinion on the matter:  NIMBY. (more…)

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