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Today we have read all we can find on the failure of the Mt Polley tailings facility.  It is all distressing.  And mostly misleading.  Here are a few clear thoughts on the topic. (more…)

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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…)

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Received the following by email. Not sure where it originated, or how widely it has been circulated. All these words remind me of growing up on a mine in South Africa. We used them all in common speech. So sad they cannot now be used by us to color or talk. Still you may enjoy. Sommer so! (more…)

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I am addicted to origami–the purest form of engineering.  Take a square piece of paper and turn it into a plane that flies.  That is the final challenge. (more…)

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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?

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Last Saturday night we went to Bard on the Beach to watch The Tempest.  First a supper on the grass beneath the trees: wine; bread, sushi; and a whole roast chicken eaten with gusto and more wine.  And an avoidance of the rain that threatened and then came in gusts during the performance. (more…)

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The past week at a mine in Honduras.  Too many impressions to record right now.  So a few photos instead.

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Day one of the  conference Paste 2014.   Actually the actual conference begins tomorrow.  Today there were short courses and meeting of friends and fellow travellers on the mining journey.  The most beautiful was a lovely lady from Brazil who is studying at the university of British Columbia for a semester and will be a mining engineer in a year or two.  We chatted over lunch and if she is, as I believe she will be, the future of mining, the profession is in good and beautiful hands. (more…)

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Today was the first of five days of events associated with the conference Paste 2014.  One course today; two courses tomorrow; and then three days of papers and presentations. So last night out drinking with old friends come to the conference.  Today a long ride around Vancouver with one who survived last night’s drinking–we lunched at The Bridges at Granville Island.  And we explored all the things right & wrong with tailings management.  And lost loves and failed marriages.  In the sun and trees of a perfect summer day, who cares about these things.  They are past and only the present and future count. (more…)

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Lesson learnt: in all O&M tailings management manuals put in a requirement to observe the penstock more carefully when tailings discharge water is not going through it—look carefully to see if water from another source is exiting the pipe and find out why.

This is a new lesson learnt. This is something I had not before now thought of.  But on the basis of what I saw and did today, a necessary action.

Add it to your O&M manual.

Here are some pictures of this situation:

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If you have a penstock and seek to know more, contact me.

 

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