Just home from a four-week journey that took me to Peru, Chile, Keystone CO, Banff, and Ekati NWT. It is good to be back in the house where you can throw off the formalities of travel, eat simple food, and get drunk in private. They say that Peruvian food is the best in the world. Indeed it is if you are in a fancy, expensive place in Lima. But go to a mine and eat what the miners eat, and it is terrible beyond belief. Rice & beans and other unrecognizable substances of gooey texture. I lost weight. Maybe it was the altitude = 14,500 ft. You walk slow and breathe deep in those conditions. (more…)
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There is a great silence of information about the geotechnical issues possibly involved in the failure of the Mt Polley tailings dam. No reports have been released; no letters published; no statistics provided. Oh sure, a few old numbers of incidents in 2012, but the 2013 report is not yet ready. (more…)
As a result of postings on this blog, I get private emails from people on almost every topic. Here is one such email that is a cry from the heart, a sad tale, related to mining, and so difficult that I cannot answer it. I have the sender of the email’s permission to post the following in the hope that somebody, maybe one of the blog’s readers can help. (more…)
There are two sets of numbers provided by Word Press on how many posting I have put on this blog. One of them tallies this as the 2,000th posting. The other say a few less. Maybe the second takes into account the postings I have taken down as they have offended readers. So let us say this is the 2,000th posting. (more…)
Words cannot capture a day of intense impressions. Yet let me try. Go east of Lima into the hills (as I did today) and see this:
- Tailings clinging to the steep hills in defiance of gravity.
- A mine closed by the government to perfection. They know what they are doing!
- Filter-pressed tailings transported fifty kilometers up 1000 m elevation to a new disposal site — economically?