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“Call me Luke.”  Thus introduced, we sat down to talk about his career, his company, and mining copper. Luke is a civil engineering graduate of the University of British Columbia.  He spent the first five years working for consultants in the United States and British Columbia on tailings facilities.  “That way I learnt part of what makes a mine work,” he assured me, as the names of the mines slip easily from him:  Kennecott, Dome, Campbell.  (more…)

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Spent time today preparing for an upcoming EduMine webcast.  At this link are the details of the webcast we call Advanced Tailings and Mine Waste Facility Design, Construction, Operation, and Closure. (more…)

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There is no mine water solution for the Pascua Lama mine in the high Andes of Chile and Argentina.  Here is one report(more…)

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Live today on EduMine is a new course: Introduction to Groundwater Modeling for Mines and Mining.  The authors are myself and Bernard Brixel.  Murray Fredlund and his folk at SoilVision contributed good computer models. (more…)

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Yesterday I finished a three-day EduMine webcast on Mining Investment – Understand the Risks.  Today I took my own advice to heart and attended a presentation by Luquman Shaheen of Panoro Minerals Ltd on their projects in Peru.  Should I invest?  Should I advise you to invest?  Should we join Hudbay Minerals who own some seven percent of the company in the excitement of new prospects in a mining-potential-rich part of Peru? (more…)

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In yesterday’s blog posting, I speculated on the potential for use by Californian quarries of recycled sewage water.  Today I read an abstract of a paper to be presented in Lima, Peru next year at the conference on Mine Water Solutions. (more…)

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On the plane from Santiago to Dallas, I sat next to an Australian from Newcastle.  He told me that he was on a round-the-world trip to promote his product.  He explained that his company makes the wire ropes used on the big shovels so common in open-pit mining.  (more…)

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The profit of suppliers to the mining industry is of course tied to the profit of the mining industry.   To invest in the mining industry, you may choose instead to average things out, and invest some in those who supply the mining industry.  How are they faring? (more…)

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The news seems to be uniformly gloomy:  The ANC Youth League saying nationalization of mines must occur; Rio Tinto and BHP cutting staff and costs: Barrick’s credit rating downgraded because of Pascua Lama delays; and so on (more…)

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For about ten years until about 2005 I used to attend all the Los Angeles opera productions.  Placido Domingo was, and still is, in charge of the music.  Occasionally he would sing in an opera—what a thrill to see and hear him live.  I vaguely recall that in the program notes, there were news pieces about Domingo’s Dames, a group of women devoted to him and his role in opera.  I cannot establish if this group still exists.  I hope it does. (more…)

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