At this link is an announcement that the BC regulators are seeking proposals from consultants to help them evaluate the independent dam safety analyses they have ordered be done by independent folk on all the tailings facilities in BC. Dam Safety Inspection Review is the heading. Here is the full announcement — it is fascinating for what it tells and what it does not tell. (more…)
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The translation above the pictures reads:
It doesn’t matter that it is Sweden’s most modern mine, built according to environmental laws, which the Government says is the world’s strongest. In addition, Northlands mine outside Pajala is a financial flop, it is now also an ecological disaster.
One million cubic metres of water with toxic heavy metals such as nickel, cadmium, lead, copper, and more flows straight out of the wrecked mine dam to Muonioälven and later the Torne River, which is classified as a national river.
At this link you will find four photos that appear to show the breach of the perimeter embankment or dike and spillage of tailings into the surrounding countryside. Above is one of them.
The reports make little mention of the causes of failure. Although the four pictures appear to show more than one breach. A posting on Facebook dates the failure as 19 July 2014.
Please comment if you know more.
Posted in About the news, British Columbia, Enviromental, Oil sands, Reclamation, Tailings, tagged alberta, amendment, Directive 74, mt polley, polymer, tailings strength on September 16, 2014 | 15 Comments »
While we in BC have been preoccupied by the Mt Polley situation, yet another tailings failure has occurred. This time in Mexico. That brings the number of failures this year to three: Duke Energy, Mt Polley, and Cananea. Just the right number if the probability of failure is one in five thousand. (more…)
Posted in consulting, Enviromental, environmental, Human relations and mining, Latin America, Reclamation, tagged Anglo American, Chile, guidance, mine closure, promises & lies, toolbox on May 16, 2014 | 2 Comments »
Today we completed a successful three-day EduMine webcast on mine closure. Folk from Germany, Finland, Mauritania, South Africa, Australia, Guatemala, the USA, and Canada “attended.” We are flattered and thankful to them and applaud their interest in a critical topic and facet of mining. If you missed the webcast, contact EduMine and ask them to repeat it. (more…)
Posted in About the news, British Columbia, California, consulting, Enviromental, environmental, Jobs and Salaries, Oil sands, People, Reclamation, Tailings, Waste Rock, tagged advanced tailings, christian kujawa, conference, edumine, Ian Hutchison, lawrence charlebois, Myra Falls, nyrstar, Paterson and Cooke, robert cooke, slr, Tailings, webcast on April 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
There is still time to join us for the upcoming EduMine webcast Advanced Tailings and Mine Waste Facility Design, Operation, and Closure. Here is the link to the course. Even if you have taken other courses before conferences, or the other EduMine webcast on Introduction to Tailings, or our previous Advanced Tailings courses, I know you will find interesting and exciting information, perspectives, practices, and case histories in this new course. (more…)
Posted in About the news, brandy, consulting, decomissioning, Enviromental, environmental, mining, North America, Reclamation, tagged contaminated sites, government, gravy trian, superfund, usa on April 11, 2014 | 1 Comment »
Below is a report that hit my email inbox today. I repeat in full, not because mines are the main culprit, but because mines are probably NOT the main culprit. This report is a sobering reminder that dry-cleaners, car-battery recyclers, old military bases, and jails are also major contaminators. Yet so little is written or done about them—it is not a very sexy topic–so much easier to excoriate mining. Not that Giant, Faro, and a few other old mines are going to be cheap to cleanup. (more…)