On Tuesday I was in yet another of those asinine arguments about what constitutes “perpetual” in mining and mine closure. I had heard all the arguments, smart and cynical, more than thirty years ago when we debated them on the UMTRA Project. But the pusillanimous arguments continue, for everyone has an opinion and wants to be heard. (more…)
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Posted in acid mine drainage, blogs, brandy, Church, consulting, Enviromental, environmental, Law (Mining), mining, Mining history, People, Reclamation, tagged bomvu ridge, chokia mounds, cover systems and mine closure, giant mine faro mine, mark logsdon, mine closure, Oil sands, perpetual, responsible mining, seminar on cold regions, sustanable mining, UMTRA. UMTRCA on December 5, 2013 | 3 Comments »
The keynote address at today’s Tailings and Mine Waste 2013 conference was delivered by A.G. Kupper of BGC Engineering. She made some amazing statements. I wonder if she is fully aware of the implications of what she said. To me the statement with most import is that before an oil sands tailings facility can be de-licensed as a dam, it must be turned into a landform that will respond to long-term forces as does the natural surrounding landscape. Until then the mine is on the hook. (more…)
A busy weekend and start to the week. And yesterday a long argument about terminology. We are preparing a closure plan for a mine. The regulations demand that we identify a range of alternative closure scenarios, define evaluation criteria, and then compare the alternatives. All standard procedure, for alternatives comparison, risk assessment, and decision making in general. (more…)
Some folk at work did something stupid the other day at a mine site. Wondering unaccompanied around the site, they espied a pool of orange water. On the lookout for signs of acid drainage, they rushed to the pool to get a sample. They failed to notice that the pool was at the bottom of a large, deep excavation subtended by steep slopes of uncompacted sand and above which was another pool of clear water. (more…)
Posted in brandy, British Columbia, consulting, environmental, Human relations and mining, mining, Mining history, North America, tagged bard on the beach, fish lake, immigrants, mining, stormer bicycle, taseko, trump tower, twelfth night, Vancouver on July 8, 2013 | 1 Comment »
A perfect summer day. Last night to the Bard on the Beach Twelfth Night, a great production all round. No mumbling; no action on the hidden balcony; lots of humor; many laughs; and great acting. This is sustainable theater: a play that touches the heart, deals with eternal themes, and ends happily. (more…)
Posted in brandy, British Columbia, consulting, environmental, Mining history, North America, People, tagged mining, Professor Jennings, strathcona lodge, strathcona park on July 6, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
The absence of postings this week is the result of erratic & sporadic email connectivity. I was at one of those mining sites far from the modern world. Great to be back in the visceral world of immediate response to immediate problems and fast action to deal with the necessary.
Here are some photos of the view from the Strathcona Lodge where we stayed. The same scene from different angles and at different times.
Posted in About the news, acid mine drainage, environmental, Human relations and mining, Mining history, Underground, tagged faro, Giant Mine, Goldcorp, mine closure, timmins on June 25, 2013 | 13 Comments »
Many years ago in Vancouver I attended a conference on mining law put on by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute. Today I received the flyer for the 59th Annual conference to be held in Spokane July 18-20,2013. The speakers at the event that I attended in Vancouver were the best and most entertaining I have ever listened to at any conference ever, even though the topics were tough legal issues in mining. Most are lawyers afterall. (more…)