This posting is a favor for someone I admire. She seeks a job in mining and well deserves one. This evening I went to her farewell party from the company she is leaving. She is leaving because the downturn in the mining industry means the company has to cut. (more…)
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Travelling in northern Peru we chanced on Chavin de Huantar. We wondered around; I took pictures; and only now have I gotten down to reading on the web about the site. This place is old, and gives some idea of just how long we could design mine closure works for if we choose. Here is what Wikipedia says (more…)
I was always healthy until I visited the doctor for a checkup. Then they found all sorts of things wrong with me: internal components not working; high levels of this and that and consequential concerns; indications of too much drink and smoking; blood pressure where it should not be; weight too high; and so on. Although I did loose some fifteen lbs on my recent trip to Peru and Chile. Maybe not enough alcohol, lots of walking, and all that terrible Peruvian food. How can you like raw fish in vinegar; black potatoes in squid ink; or slimy muscles in red pepper? I cannot and probably ate too little. (more…)
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Just home from a four-week journey that took me to Peru, Chile, Keystone CO, Banff, and Ekati NWT. It is good to be back in the house where you can throw off the formalities of travel, eat simple food, and get drunk in private. They say that Peruvian food is the best in the world. Indeed it is if you are in a fancy, expensive place in Lima. But go to a mine and eat what the miners eat, and it is terrible beyond belief. Rice & beans and other unrecognizable substances of gooey texture. I lost weight. Maybe it was the altitude = 14,500 ft. You walk slow and breathe deep in those conditions. (more…)
No posts the past few days. I have been travelling in Peru and Chile to remote mines where we work long hours and have intermittent email & internet connections. It has been fun and instructive: to examine the problems that arise on mines far from the center and focus; to see how local consultants devise solutions in climates that differ from those I am used to; and to examine alternative ways of constructing tailings impoundments. I cannot write of what I have done, for it is all client confidential, so instead here are a few photos take at random along the way. Enjoy.
I am told that yesterday’s posting was hard to read. So rather than write tonight, let me simply post some pictures I took from a public road of tailings facilities closed by the Peruvian regulators. Not sure how long the gabion baskets will last.
Words cannot capture a day of intense impressions. Yet let me try. Go east of Lima into the hills (as I did today) and see this:
- Tailings clinging to the steep hills in defiance of gravity.
- A mine closed by the government to perfection. They know what they are doing!
- Filter-pressed tailings transported fifty kilometers up 1000 m elevation to a new disposal site — economically?