This year I have visited at least sixteen tailings facilities from the far north of Canada to the far south of Chile. Mainly I was there to see about the state, safety, and ongoing operation of the facilities. But along the way I had an incredible opportunity to observe and photograph mine water management facilities and systems. In next week’s EduMine webcast on Mine Water Management, I will have a chance to distill these many observations into a coherent whole. So come join us in the webcast next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. But three hours a day each morning and I will update you on the many systems, practices, components, and ideas I have gleaned from these trips and observations. Many new case histories courtesy of the mines I visited. (more…)
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Posted in About the news, acid mine drainage, British Columbia, Geosynthetics, Mining history, Tailings, tagged cpmference, edumine, infomince, management, mine water, mine water solutions on October 21, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Spent this past week in Quebec looking at mines. This brought us to Rouyn-Noranda and food at Bistro Jezz.
The food at this little place on a quiet side-street is magnificent: the best I have tasted in many a year of travel to distant mines.
Take a special trip to this restaurant if you seek and relish good food. Subtle flavours, beautiful presentation, unusual dishes. Words cannot capture the beauty of fine food in a simple setting.
Here are some photos from this trip.
Posted in About the news, acid mine drainage, decomissioning, environmental, tagged coal ash, Dan river, EPA, mining-influenced water, North Carolina, treatment technology on April 23, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in acid mine drainage, brandy, British Columbia, consulting, Geosynthetics, North America, Oil sands, People, Reclamation, Tailings, Waste Rock, tagged closure, cold cover, et covers, fmea, goesynthetics in mining, Gord McKenna, justin straker, mike o'kane, UMTRA, valley and ridge covers on April 8, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Spent today in a course on Covers in Cold Climates. The course is part of the seminar to follow tomorrow and Wednesday on the same topics. Arranged by InfoMine, it is being held in Whistler, which is a nice, but not spectacular place to have a conference—I prefer Banff or Vancouver. For the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is a pale reflection of those other grand hotels with the Fairmont name: a bland and ugly exterior that replicates in cheap detail the features of the hotel in Vancouver that it tries to emulate. (more…)
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 »
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…)
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…)