No posts these past few days as I have been in Huntington Beach with kids and grandkids. In between family time I have read Dickens’ Bleak House. Many strange and mad characters in that book. Victorians all I concluded; until I looked around me in Huntington Beach and saw the following two whose story I tell. (more…)
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Posted in About the news, brandy, British Columbia, California, consulting, Human relations and mining, Investing & Finance, Jobs and Salaries, Mining history, Oil sands, People, tagged apegbc. p/e/. p.eng., bhp billiton, bigstone reserve, brian morris, mcleans, money, Oil sands, union corporation on November 29, 2014 | 5 Comments »
It is no secret that I make money off mining. I work as a part-time civil engineer with a consulting practice that works around the world. I retired nearly ten years ago, after nearly ten years working on landfills, California earthquakes, and supporting lawyers representing big companies falling foul of law suites. I have an LLB degree in addition to my civil degrees and was able to use this knowledge to translate technical and engineering issues into winning legal arguments. (more…)
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 brandy, California, Mining history, People, tagged ahtens. solver mining, cannon mine, castel mountain, harry reid, karen agogino, mining history, mountain pass, Rosemont Copper, Royal Mountain King, UMTRA, urte barker on November 17, 2014 | 2 Comments »
I have always been fascinated by the role mining played in the glory that was Athens and hence the whole western world we enjoy. I only wish somebody would write an intense history of Athens focussed on the mining and the role it played in the rise and fall of Athens.Sadly, most commenters end back up saying mine responsibly. Vague and hard to do. (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.
The most confident fellow in the meeting was the specialist in permitting from Toronto. He was old, like me, and in total command of his subject. He reminded us: “California is both the most difficult and yet the easiest state in the Union in which to permit a mine. It is easy because the process is simple: fill in the boxes, check off the items of the checklist, and it is done. It is the most difficult because you need to have done the work to ensure the right answer to fill in the boxes. If you do not have a comprehensive, well-thought-out, and defensive plan, you cannot fill in the boxes, complete the checklist, and get the regulators to say OK.” (more…)