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The BC  Northwest Community College, School of Exploration & Mining is to be congratulated on a superb set of courses offered in 2014.  Lori Knorr sent me this list:  (more…)

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The more “popular” this blog becomes, the greater the number of e-mails I receive that extol products and mines and that ask that I write about them on this blog.   Maybe popular is not the correct description of this blog—maybe I should be precise and say, the greater number of readers, or just simply hits via Google.  Whether it is blog popularity or hits, the fact remains that there has been a correlation between numbers and e-mails requesting a mention.  (more…)

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From CostMine is the U.S. Metal & Industrial Mineral Mine Salaries, Wages & Benefits 2008 Survey.  Here are some averages for metal and industrial mineral mines in the United States. (the first number is the hourly base wage for small surface mines; the second number is that hourly base wage for large mines.)

 

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It is most un-American to characterize people by group labels.  Everybody is supposed to be as equal.  The Constitution only says that we all have equal rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  That is not the same as being equal.  We really must face the fact that many people are stupid, incompetent, or downright wicked. 

A system set up on the false premise that all people are equally good and honest is sure to fail–for the facts of the matter are that we are not all equally good and honest.  A system that works has to account for stupid, incompetent, and wicked behaviour by some people, some of the time. 

These arrogant reflections are prompted by a report that Marathon Mining has been suspended for dumping uranium exploration waste in a wilderness area of South Australia.  Now that is stupid, incompetent, and downright wicked. 

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OiloilMy companion at the end of the movie There Will be Blood remarked “Now what do you make of that?”  I too was a trifle baffled at the story and the message.  A rather contradictory character starts out in New Mexico mining silver or is it gold, but finds oil.  Great shots of hard-core mining practices by the small-time 18th century miners.  Enough to make your heart beat with pride. Until they blow things up and workers die.  But the technical incompetence and death is all rather neutral and low key.

The story could be that of a modern Vancouver mining junior: find an ore body, struggle to get it started, get interrupted by accidents and local politics, have the majors go after you and your find, and ultimately sell for a fortune to retire to a mansion in British Properties. 

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A sobering set of conclusions from a volume called Safety Guidelines for Mineral Exploration in Western Canada published by AMEBC.

Twenty-three years of data compiled by the Health & Safety Committee focuses attention on the most common causes of exploration accidents. The following observations reflect this experience and are provided for the benefit of present and future exploration personnel.

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