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It has been a tumultuous week of many events.   No blogging however. No topic caught my attention enough to spur the muse and misogynist.  So here a few stories of mining to entertain us and prompt the responsible journalist to attention. (more…)

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Here is a comment posted on a recent blog item:

Jack,

I have been following your blog since the Mt Polley incident.

I am not sure if you have seen the design yet for the proposed copper project located in the Thompson River Watershed near Vavenby. Here is the link to the Knight Piesold report Appendix 3E. http://a100.gov.bc.ca/appsdata/epic/html/deploy/epic_document_333_38590.html

You will have to click on Appendix 3-E to download the PDF.

It looks like they are submerging PAG which results in a huge amount of water storage ( see attached document which shows the supernatant pond volume increasing every year; similar to Mt Polley). Let us hope they have their water quality model correct otherwise it will be a large treatment plant at the end of the life of mine.

Thought you might be interested in seeing what the BC regulators are being presented with even after the Mt Polley disaster. Will industry change to a more conservative approach to tailings designs?

Enjoy your musings.

I went to the site recommended and downloaded the Executive Summary, the section on Geochemistry, and the section on Closure.  Fascinating writings, particularly coming post-Mt Polley.  I hope some readers of this blog take a look at the report and comment.  For this is a public posting of design documents–worthy of repetition.  Now it remains to be seen if such public posting leads to public reading and comment.  For that, afterall, is the purpose of such public posting of designs for new mines and their tailings facilities.

I note that the closure cost estimate is some $16 M.  Presumably that is the basis of the bond being posted?  Comments on its sufficiency would be of interest.  As would comments on the way they plan to deal with acid generating tailings. As would comments on the above comment/question as to whether this is a more conservative design than Mt Polley.

I have not read in sufficient detail to comment with insight.  And maybe no other BC engineer has any more time or inclination than I have to comment.  That is a pity, but inevitable.  Is this a pointed reminder that in addition to such public postings, maybe we should have public posting of the comments by an Independent Tailings Review Board as Morgenstern recommends in the Mt Polley report?  Again your perspective would be welcome.

If you find the materials at the listed site formidable, rather go to the company’s website at this link.   It seems not to have been updated since 2013.  So the BC regulators are faster and more  up-to-date in their posting.

In the current mining downturn, these numbers are impressive:

The project is expected to employ up to 430 hourly and staff personnel. Based on industry experience, approximately 1,000 to 1,200 jobs will be created in the surrounding communities and elsewhere within the province to provide support to the project.

No wonder the BC government is doing all it can to get the word out about the project.

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I get many pleas for help in finding a job in mining.  Most I refer to Careermine.  For that is the site that lists every possible job in mining.  Yet this one caught my attention, for it is a story of love.  At least I think so.  I have the sender’s permission to post what she sent me.  Here it is. (more…)

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Today was a perfect summer day in Vancouver; although it is still officially winter.  I slept late in the sun streaming through the bedroom windows.  I rode my bicycle to and from work in the warmth of the sun, although it was a trifle cold coming home as, short of breath, I walked the hills that become steeper every year. (more…)

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Here is a welcome announcement from the University of British Columbia.  An Executive MBA in Strategic Mining Management. I wish I were young enough to attend–but I am one of those soon to be demographic shifters, a baby boomer about to retire. Maybe I can lecture in my dotage on the relevance of tailings management to strategic mining management.  But they probably won’t give a blogger the podium. So be it.  We must simply applaud the move, support them, and wish them and their graduates well. Here the full announcement: (more…)

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At last we arrive at the top to peek at the executive compensation of U.S. mining company top brass.  This is like browsing Architectural Digest — the porn of seeing others living as we never could.  The data are from the CostMine 2014 Survey of U.S. Metal and Industrial Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefit. (more…)

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Some salaries for those working at U.S. metal and industrial mineral mines.  The data were collect the second half of 2014.  These data I take from the recently issued Cost Mine 2014 Survey Results U.S. Metal and Industrial Mineral Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits. First some overall nation-wide averages by job title.  The first number is annual salary in thousands of dollars for U.S. underground mines; the second for U.S. surface mines. (more…)

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