It has been a tumultuous week of many events. No blogging however. No topic caught my attention enough to spur the muse and misogynist. So here a few stories of mining to entertain us and prompt the responsible journalist to attention. (more…)
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Posted in About the news, consulting, environmental, health, mining, People, tagged blackstone institute, illegal mining, minam, minamata agreement, Peru, ron paul, taxpayer dollars, tea party on March 25, 2015 | 3 Comments »
As a US taxpayer I am at loss to understand how $1 million dollars can be sent to Peru to deal with illegal mining. Here is a link to one report on the US taxpayer-funded largesse. The report notes:
The U.S. Department of State awarded US$1 million to the Blacksmith Institute to work with Peru’s Ministry of Environment (Minam) to reduce the use of mercury and design remediation plans in Madre de Dios and Puno, it was announced today.
The United States believes it is crucial to support the Peruvian government strategy to combat illegal mining and reduce mercury use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining.
Where is the Tea Party when we need them? Have they nothing to say about this blatant waste of money to support a lousy government unable to manage it own affairs? The only explanation I can come up with is that somebody related to somebody or indebted to somebody has managed to arrange this and is being paid a considerable percentage of the funds. Smells rank & corrupt to me. (more…)
Posted in About the news, British Columbia, Law (Mining), Tailings, tagged bc envirnmental assessment office, dry stack, escobal, filter press, Greens Creek, pgo mine, wolverine mine, yukon zinc on March 21, 2015 | 12 Comments »
Another sad story of underfunded mine closure. According to this report, Yukon Zinc owes the territorial government $3 million in environmental security. Now the company is bankrupt and also owing $646 million to hundreds of creditors. The tailings management system is described in a report at this link. The system is described thus: (more…)
Posted in About the news, Enviromental, environmental, Law (Mining), mining, Oil sands, Reclamation, Tailings, tagged alberta, athabasca, Oil sands, tailings management on March 17, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
Here is the link to the new report Lower Athabasca Region Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands. In some fifty pages it sets out a new way of dealings with oil sands tailings. Lots of detail yet not much detail. The document sets itself these goals: (more…)
There are so many obvious comments on this story, that I refrain from comment. The story tells its own story and carries it own implications loud enough. I refer to the story at many links. This one says: “Los Palambres was also hit this week by a court ruling that it should demolish a mine tailings dam which protesters say is affecting water availability.” Another report says: “As a consequence Los Pelambres must destroy part, or all, of the tailings dam wall.” A more complete picture emerges from this report: (more…)