To end the week, here are a few unrelated postings on the web about things mining.
At this link, David Stockman of North American Business Development gives an interview on the topic Dry Tailings Stack vs Wet Tailings Pond. Make sure to click on the rather obscure play buttons to hear him tell how Mt Polley could have been avoided had it been a dry stack and not a wet pond.
At this link is a video showing Pascal Saunier and family singing. Pascal is of Draintube fame and was one of the presenters at this week’s conference on Geosynthetics in Mining.
At this link, available for download is RepRisk’s report on the Ten Most Controversial Mining Projects. Mt Polley and Obed Mountain of Canada are included. Here is what they say of Obed Mountain in case you forgot about this one>
On October 31, 2013, 670,000 cubic meters of coal slurry from the Obed Mountain thermal coal mine owned by
Sherritt International polluted the Athabasca River in Alberta, Canada with shale and coal particles. The Alberta
Environment Ministry and the Alberta Energy Regulator have launched independent investigations to determine the
environmental and health impacts caused by the incident, which may be the second biggest spill of its kind in North
American history. It has polluted 25 kilometers of the river; allegedly impacted drinking water in ten municipalities;
and could affect fish reproduction and therefore put indigenous livelihoods and recreational fishing at risk.
Finally, I got the following email with an attached Infographic which I cannot reproduce here due to my technical limitations. If you go to their site, you maybe can download it.
My name is Tom and I am the marketing manager of a company called MW Hire Group. I was browsing your website and thought that you may be perhaps interested in publishing the attached infographic about “The World’s Largest Diggers” on your site as I think your readers would find it quite interesting.
“The increasing demand for basic commodities has driven up prices and spurred a global mining boom, but it is not an easy task to get them from mines because big layers of rock have to be moved first. Our infographic contains detail of some heavy machines around the world that can make task easy because they are fast, efficient, and reliable.”
If you do decide to publish it, all I request is that you provide a link to my site http://www.mwhire.com/teleporters-for-sale-or-hire/ in the post in which you publish it. If you have any queries at all about the graphic, let me know as I would be delighted to explain.
Enjoy these and have a good weekend.