Another sad story of underfunded mine closure. According to this report, Yukon Zinc owes the territorial government $3 million in environmental security. Now the company is bankrupt and also owing $646 million to hundreds of creditors. The tailings management system is described in a report at this link. The system is described thus: (more…)
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Posted in About the news, British Columbia, Law (Mining), Tailings, tagged bc envirnmental assessment office, dry stack, escobal, filter press, Greens Creek, pgo mine, wolverine mine, yukon zinc on March 21, 2015 | 12 Comments »
Posted in About the news, Enviromental, environmental, Law (Mining), mining, Oil sands, Reclamation, Tailings, tagged alberta, athabasca, Oil sands, tailings management on March 17, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
Here is the link to the new report Lower Athabasca Region Tailings Management Framework for the Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands. In some fifty pages it sets out a new way of dealings with oil sands tailings. Lots of detail yet not much detail. The document sets itself these goals: (more…)
There are so many obvious comments on this story, that I refrain from comment. The story tells its own story and carries it own implications loud enough. I refer to the story at many links. This one says: “Los Palambres was also hit this week by a court ruling that it should demolish a mine tailings dam which protesters say is affecting water availability.” Another report says: “As a consequence Los Pelambres must destroy part, or all, of the tailings dam wall.” A more complete picture emerges from this report: (more…)
Posted in British Columbia, consulting, Human relations and mining, Jobs and Salaries, Law (Mining), mining, People, tagged Goldcorp, jobs, lawyer, mexico, risk management on March 10, 2015 | 1 Comment »
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…)
I was asked recently to comment on the factor of safety and the probability of failure. I declined, because I have been thinking about it, using it, and writing about it forever. I went back to one of the first pieces I wrote, The Engineer and the Probability of Failure. You can download a copy at this link. It was an occasional piece in a magazine in South Africa. It is dated October 1978. I based the piece on a court case in South Africa where the judge wrote: (more…)
Posted in About the news, British Columbia, Enviromental, First Nations, health and safety, Human relations and mining, Law (Mining), mining, opera, safety, Tailings, tagged hatch, mem, mt polley, prokofiev, romeo & juliet on December 1, 2014 | 2 Comments »
This evening I watched the Mariinsky version of Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet. This is the only ballet I like. Mostly because of the music. And, I suspect, because once I could recite the entire Shakespeare play. (I was Friar Lawrence in the high school production.) And now in the ballet I can hear the words of every emotion. (more…)
Posted in About the news, British Columbia, California, Colorado, due dilligence, Law (Mining), Mining history, Reclamation, safety, Tailings, tagged best management practices, canadian dam associatin, cda, guidelines, PMF. MCE, Tailings, uranium study, Virginia on November 18, 2014 | 9 Comments »
This picture and the others in this posting were taken by me at Knotsberry Farm in California.
A great place to visit and enjoy a terrifying ride along the raging river of insanity.
If you seek a thorough and intelligent analysis of dealing with uranium mill sites (and particularly the tailings facility) take a look at the following–it is an amazingly comprehensive document–and should be required reading for all involved in mine management, regardless of whether the mine is uranium, copper, gold, or something else. (more…)