Today I received the followings announcement by email. I cannot find the original on the website of the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM). Maybe they have not gotten down to posting it yet. The announcement, in short, is that MEM has awarded Klohn Crippen Berger (KCB) a $1.5 million to help MEM evaluate the cause of the Mt Polley failure–more specifically to provide advice in conducting the “forensic investigation” into the breach. (more…)
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Posted in About the news, blogs, brandy, British Columbia, consulting, drilling, Jobs and Salaries, Law (Mining), mining, People, Tailings, tagged klohn crippen berger, morgenstern vick van zyl, mt polley, thurbers on October 29, 2014 | 16 Comments »
I repeat below the entire article from InfoMine’s Career Mine. It is by Susan Kihn who does a fine job of setting out the facts.
Even with the downturn in mining worldwide which has seen massive job losses as a result of mining companies downsizing, putting mines into maintenance mode or closing down, it appears not all is bad for Geologists working in mining in Australia. Besides other mining professions, we know that there are a lot of Geologists who have lost their jobs worldwide and in Australia. What I thought may be of interest, was to see how this downturn has affected Geologist salaries in Australia. (more…)
We have just finished the InfoMine Conference on geosynthetics in mining. I think it was a success although I had better await the evaluation forms before coming to definitive conclusions. The proceedings will be available through the InfoMine e-Store at this link. In my opinion, this is a magnificent collection of papers on a topic that has long cried for detailed, focussed attention. For the use of geosynthetics in mining is different to the use of geosynthetics in landfills and other civil engineering application. The mining projects that involve the use of geosynthetics are orders of magnitude larger than any other category of projects. The challenges are greater: there are few precedents; there are no substantive regulations; and the consequences of use and misuse are greater. (more…)
In past postings I have provided Canadian mining wages and salaries from the CostMine 2014 Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages, and Benefits Report. As noted on the CostMine website, this report provides the following: (more…)
The numbers just do not add up. As I read the many sites on the web, I learn that British Columbia has about thirty operating mines. The BC government has about $172 million in closure bonds. Say about five or six million a mine. That seems grossly inadequate to me. I have just finished estimating closure of one mine and it came to nearly $60 million. Does this mean BC should have $1.7 billion in closure bonds? Here are some observations from various websites that may help you ponder this issue. (more…)
Posted in About the news, British Columbia, consulting, due dilligence, Law (Mining), Mining history, safety, Tailings, tagged apegbc, canadian dam safety association, dam safety, guielines, MAC, Mining association of canada, mt polley on August 20, 2014 | 10 Comments »
The five pictures in this posting, were taken (by me) at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. This place is surely a testament to genius and attention to detail.
Yesterday I was asked if Canadian guidelines are adequate to deal with the Mt Polley situation. More specifically, the questions continued: if the current Canadian guidelines regarding tailings dam safety had been implemented, would the failure have been avoided. Before I answer these questions, let us first take a look at the guidelines that are out there. (more…)