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…)
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Spent the past three days at California mines. Two days at a real mine and today at Knotsberry Farm and their simulacrums of a mine. They are to be commended for making mining fun in an amusement park. Here are some photos. Two of the real mine and three of the simulacrums.
And finally one of ARD–you decide if it is the real thing or a fake in an amusement park.
Posted in About the news, British Columbia, California, consulting, Enviromental, environmental, Jobs and Salaries, Oil sands, People, Reclamation, Tailings, Waste Rock, tagged advanced tailings, christian kujawa, conference, edumine, Ian Hutchison, lawrence charlebois, Myra Falls, nyrstar, Paterson and Cooke, robert cooke, slr, Tailings, webcast on April 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
There is still time to join us for the upcoming EduMine webcast Advanced Tailings and Mine Waste Facility Design, Operation, and Closure. Here is the link to the course. Even if you have taken other courses before conferences, or the other EduMine webcast on Introduction to Tailings, or our previous Advanced Tailings courses, I know you will find interesting and exciting information, perspectives, practices, and case histories in this new course. (more…)
I have no data to support the opinions I write of in this posting. So please do your own research before deciding, panicking, or acting on anything said below. Today I was outside smoking in the damp rain when my smoking companion said that he had just surveyed the salaries of mining geoscientists (geologists and geotechnical engineers). He noted that it appears that salaries for such folk are, on average, higher in Canada than in the USA. (more…)
Posted in About the news, California, environmental, Human relations and mining, Investing & Finance, mining, Mining history, People, tagged graphite mining, henry petroski, honda, pencil, prius, tesla on March 11, 2014 | 2 Comments »
In his book The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance, Henry Petroski tells at length of early graphite mining and its impact on the development of the pencil. From what I recall, for many years there was but one deposit in England that produce graphite of the right quality to produce workable pencils. As one reviewer of the book writes: (more…)
It is snowing in Vancouver. Nothing sticking to the roads, but the trees are white and beautiful. Nothing much to do outside or inside for that matter, so just a few thoughts on mine waste disposal facility covers.
Slimes & Cement
The best cover is no cover. If you can use the upper tailings or waste rock as the as the growth medium in which a stand of climax vegetation will flourish, you have the best cover. (more…)
Posted in About the news, blogs, brandy, California, Community relations, consulting, environmental, feasibilty studies, First Nations, Investing & Finance, Law (Mining), mining, Mining history, North America, People, tagged Alaska, Anglo American, bristol bay, EPA, Pebble Mine on January 16, 2014 | 5 Comments »
The EPA’s decision about the prudence of developing the Pebble Mine or any other mine in the area of Bristol Bay is in–see this link. This blog (I/me) has been a consistent critic of the idea of developing the Pebble Mine. In short, I cannot see how a mine could be developed in such an environment without unacceptable impact. (more…)
At the address in the photo above is an amazing collection of public art. On the outside walls of the Huntington Beach Civic Center are painted tiles of birds. These tiles were saved when the old shopping mall across the way was torn down. These tiles were part of this grand old shopping center–from a time when money could be spent on art not artifice. But when the center was pulled down to make way for bigger shops that would attract the richer, younger crowd moving into the surrounding areas, luckily the tiles were saved and placed on the walls of the Civic Center. (more…)