The Tyee, a local Vancouver e-newspaper with a decidedly liberal bent today published an article on peer review of Mt Polley. David Ball is the author of the piece. I think he did a good job in balancing the opinions. I admit to being hopelessly prejudiced in this opinion. For if you read David’s piece, you will note that he quotes me and Nordie Morgenstern. David called me a while ago and asked how I would have gone about preventing Mt Polley and how I would go about preventing future Mt Polleys. We talked long about peer review. To his credit he checked what I was telling him by contacting Nordie Morgenstern. He also established that there is currently only one tailings facility in BC that has a peer review board. (more…)
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Posted in About the news, British Columbia, consulting, Mining history, People, Tailings, tagged amy crook, david ball, Morgenstern, mt polley, norbert, peer review, scott Mccennell, Tyee, vick on November 21, 2014 | 2 Comments »
Just a short note to alert you to the announcement by Cliff Natural Resources that they plan to close their Bloom Lake Mine in Quebec, and that the estimated cost of closure is up to $700 million. That is not quiet as much as is estimated for the BC KSM Mine; their closure cost estimate is a clean one billion dollars. And compare that to the estimated $750,000,000 in bonds posted with BC for closure of all current mines in BC. Or the billion dollar estimate to close the Giant Mine. I am told the estimated cost to close the Faro Mine is $600,000,000 but don’t quote me on that. We will watch the unfolding of the news on the cost to close Bloom Lake. It must surely be cheaper to keep it open indefinitely with a skeleton crew and a glimmer of hope that is will go into full production again sometime in the future.
Posted in About the news, British Columbia, California, Colorado, due dilligence, Law (Mining), Mining history, Reclamation, safety, Tailings, tagged best management practices, canadian dam associatin, cda, guidelines, PMF. MCE, Tailings, uranium study, Virginia on November 18, 2014 | 9 Comments »
This picture and the others in this posting were taken by me at Knotsberry Farm in California.
A great place to visit and enjoy a terrifying ride along the raging river of insanity.
If you seek a thorough and intelligent analysis of dealing with uranium mill sites (and particularly the tailings facility) take a look at the following–it is an amazingly comprehensive document–and should be required reading for all involved in mine management, regardless of whether the mine is uranium, copper, gold, or something else. (more…)
Posted in About the news, acid mine drainage, British Columbia, Enviromental, health and safety, Human relations and mining, Investing & Finance, mining, tagged bennett, KSM mine, mem, mt polley, Pebble Mine, risk, salmon beyond borders on November 15, 2014 | 14 Comments »
Here is the outfall of the Pebble Mine and Mt Polley Mine debacles. A report on the Seabridge Gold’s KSM Mine in BC. The report is authored by Salmon Beyond Borders, a coalition of Alaska Native tribal members, commercial, sport and subsistence fishermen, and other groups, in consultation with Earthworks. The press release is at this link. The full report is at this link. Here from the press release on the five key risks associated with the mine: (more…)
Posted in About the news, brandy, Global Warming, Mining history, tagged athens, climate change. obama. heartland institute, laurentian, mining history, silver, slavery on November 13, 2014 | 5 Comments »
Or you could title this post: “Mine or be a Slave.” The images in this post are disturbing. That is intentional. I seek to be as provocative as ever I have been. So read on and let us fight over this idea. The idea that if you do not mine, you become somebody else’s slave. I am prompted to write this by some reports today. The first is this from the National Mining Association: (more…)
Posted in About the news, British Columbia, consulting, Mining history, Tailings, tagged Alaska, epcm, hatch, hstch, independent review, mem, mt polley, South Africa, Tailings on November 8, 2014 | 8 Comments »
A million here. A million there. Who cares? It is just taxpayer money spent by your local government providing the services you expect to be provided at no cost! Just learnt that HATCH has been awarded a contract by the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) to review the independent reviews of BC tailings dams that MEM ordered pursuant to the failure of Mt Polley. (more…)
Posted in About the news, blogs, brandy, British Columbia, California, consulting, feasibilty studies, Investing & Finance, mining, Mining history, opera, Tailings, tagged andy fourie, bafokeng, deathof klinghoffer, escobal, mt polley, my polley, opera, P/E, professional registration, Tahoe Resources on November 6, 2014 | 3 Comments »
Here is information I received as a comment on a recent blog posting:
California is an anomaly from the perspective that it is only one of 5 or 6 states or territories that do not recognize mining as an engineering discipline; along with Guam, Hawaii, Delaware and a couple of others. The need for being registered is driven primarily by the State Boards. There are several places in the industry where signatures are required: on 10K reports for certification of reserves. This requires a “qualified person” and since there are 20 states that don’t recognize geologists as a profession, then the role may be defined as engineering in some cases. There are a plethora of state and federal mining permits requiring a PE signature. Underground seals must be constructed and signed off by a PE. Roof Control and Ventilation plans and many environmental permits require signatures. As I said, California is one of the exceptions and I really don’t understand why mining is ignored when mining was at the core of the state’s formation. I will say that the lack of recognition by the State has caused some confusion regarding liability and accountability.